Injury report: Osemele misses Raiders practice, Calhoun returns


Injury report: Osemele misses Raiders practice, Calhoun returns

ALAMEDA – Raiders left guard Kelechi Osemele missed Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury, the team reported.

Osemele suffered the injury during a victory over San Diego, but never missed a snap. The Pro Bowl player could be resting his ankle before playing on Saturday against Indianapolis, though that remains uncertain at this point. There is no initial alarm over Osemele being down.

Osemele is a tough customer and will play through pain to stay on the field and active in an important game.

Raiders rookie edge rusher Shilique Calhoun has missed four straight games after undergoing a procedure on his knee. He got hurt against the Houston Texans and has been stuck on the sideline ever since, leaving the Raiders thin at his position.

Bruce Irvin has played virtually every snap since, only with brief respites from James Cowser. Calhoun could be back in the fray this week or next, because progress is being made.

Calhoun was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, a day after doing side work.

A pair of defensive starters also remain out. Safety Karl Joseph hasn’t practiced since injuring his toe against Buffalo, though he did some side work with a trainer during Wednesday’s morning walk through.

Stacy McGee is also down with an ankle injury.

The Raiders are relatively healthy outside the aforementioned trio with several limited participants expected to play on Saturday against Indianapolis.

As a matter of procedure, this was the team’s first participation report of the week. They will offer info for Wednesday and Thursday, and then estimate participation levels on Friday despite that being a dark day heading into a Saturday game. The Raiders will offer a final injury report that day.

Colts participation report
Did not practice:
S Mike Adams (rest), OLB Chris Carter (shoulder), CB Vontae Davis (rest), RB Frank Gore (rest), OLB Robert Mathis (rest)
Limited participation: QB Andre Luck (shoulder, thumb), CB Rashaan Melvin (knee), WR Donte Moncrief (hamstring), OT Joe Reitz (back)
Full participation: OL Denzelle Good (concussion)

Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
OL Kelechi Osemele (ankle), S Karl Joseph (toe), DT Stacy McGee (ankle)
Limited participation: LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), WR Amari Cooper (shoulder), WR Michael Crabtree (finger), DT Darius Latham (ankle), LB Perry Riley (hamstring), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring)
Full participation: QB Derek Carr (right finger)

Raiders sign linebacker with Paul Guenther connection


Raiders sign linebacker with Paul Guenther connection

The Raiders entered this free agency period needing defensive help throughout the depth chart. They signed presumptive starters earlier in this veteran acquisition process, but didn’t stop there.

The Silver and Black have added depth this week especially, signing a key cog in linebacker Emmanuel Lamur on Wednesday afternoon.

Lamur spent the last two years in Minnesota and the previous four in Cincinnati with new Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Guenther was his position coach from 2012-13 and his DC from 2014-15. He also knows Raiders linebackers coach David Lippincott from the Bengals days

Lamur has primarily been a reserve, but Guenther gave him an opportunity to start in 2014. He had 59 tackles and two interceptions in 13 starts that year as a strongside linebacker.

The Raiders have options at that spot, but no firm starter at this stage if Bruce Irvin plays defensive end full time.

Lamur hasn’t played much defense the last two years, but is known as a quality special teams contributor. The Raiders have signed several of those players in an attempt to improve coverage and returns.

All told, the Raiders have signed 14 unrestricted free agents with a shot to make the 53-man roster since last week began. The roster will turnover significantly in Jon Gruden’s return to the Raiders, and it’s possible he signs more players in coming days.

The Raiders are still looking for upgrades at receiver, and might add another bargain defensive lineman.

Report: Ndamukong Suh calls off meeting with Raiders


Report: Ndamukong Suh calls off meeting with Raiders

Ndamukong Suh won’t meet with the Raiders, after all. The star defensive tackle cut Alameda out of his free-agent tour, according to NFL Network, choosing instead to head home after stops in New Orleans, Tennessee and the L.A. Rams.

NFLN reports that Suh had dinner with Rams coach Sean McVay on Tuesday night, and was due in Oakland the following day. The Rams made a solid impression

Suh is reportedly mulling options from all three aforementioned playoff teams, all of which have more working salary-cap space and other stalwarts along the defensive line.

That’s surely a disappointment for the Raiders, who have had interest in Suh dating back to his last free-agent experience in 2015. The Silver and Black couldn’t afford him then. It seems unlikely they can afford him now, with precious little salary-cap space remaining after being active in free agency’s second wave.

The Raiders also hope to lock Khalil Mack up long-term with a massive extension this offseason.

It’s uncertain at this stage whether player or team cancelled the meeting, or exactly why it was called off. The Raiders could still sign a veteran defensive tackle, and/or acquire one early in the NFL Draft.