Injury report: Penn out of Raiders practice; McGloin limited


Injury report: Penn out of Raiders practice; McGloin limited

ALAMEDA – Raiders left tackle Donald Penn went down hard late in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos and immediately grabbed his knee. Thinking the worst was understandable given Penn’s grimace, but the durable veteran left under his own power and returned for the game’s final snap.

He said in an Instagram Stories post later Sunday that he would be okay, and Tuesday shared a photo of his knees getting treatment.

Penn missed Wednesday’s practice, but he should be active for Saturday’s AFC Wild Card game against the Houston Texans. It will take something serious to keep Penn out of a playoff game.

Starting right tackle Menelik Watson is Penn’s backup at left tackle, as he was against the Broncos. Austin Howard or Vadal Alexander would man right tackle if Watson needs to shift.

Penn, Nate Allen and Derek Carr were the only Raiders out for Wednesday’s practice, though there were several limited participants.

That list includes quarterback Matt McGloin, who suffered a left shoulder/neck injury due to an illegal hit from the Broncos. It was uncertain how much work McGloin would get, but he was active with the second unit during portions of practice open to the press. Health was part of the reason the Raiders decided to start Connor Cook, though the rookie also outperformed McGloin at Denver.

The Raiders are hoping McGloin can be active as a backup against Houston, which would seem likely if he’s active again on Thursday. Recently signed practice squad passer Garrett Gilbert would be an emergency option if McGloin can’t go.

Safety Karl Joseph was limited, though he is expected to play on Saturday. Backup Bryden Trawick is also getting prepped should Joseph suffer a setback and Allen not pass through the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
QB Derek Carr (ankle), S Nate Allen (concussion), LT Donald Penn (knee)
Limited participation: LG Kelechi Osemele (ankle) S Karl Joseph (toe), WR Amari Cooper (shoulder), WR Michael Crabtree (ankle), WR Andre Holmes (shoulder), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring), QB Matt McGloin (shoulder)
Full participation:DT Stacy McGee (groin), OT Austin Howard (shoulder)

Texans participation report
Did not participate:
QB Tom Savage (concussion), OLB John Simon (chest)
Limited participation: G Jeff Allen (ankle), CB A.J. Bouye (groin), OT Chris Clark (ankle), S Quentin Demps (hamstring), FB Jay Prosch (ankle/knee)
Full participation: DE Jadeveon Clowney (elbow/wrist), OLB Brian Cushing (ankle), TE Ryan Griffith (quad), CB Kareem Jackson (neck), S Don Jones (elbow), CB Johnathan Joseph (ribs/shoulder), RB Lamar Miller (ankle), K Nick Novak (shoulder)

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.

Raiders restructure Marshawn Lynch's contract


Raiders restructure Marshawn Lynch's contract

Marshawn Lynch restructured his contract this week, virtually locking him in for the 2018 Raiders season.

The veteran exchanged some base salary for guaranteed funds and an increased incentive package, according to contract details obtained Wednesday by the Las Vegas Review Journal.

His base salary drops from $4 million to $2.5 million, but becomes guaranteed. None of the funds Lynch had coming in his previous deal were guaranteed. He has a $1 million roster bonus coming on Saturday, just six days after receiving a $1 million roster bonus as required in his old contract.

That essentially guarantees him $4.5 million, as sure a sign as any he’ll be the Raiders feature back. Lynch will lead his position group, with support from veteran addition Doug Martin. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard are also on the roster, though it’s uncertain if both guys will remain there this fall.

Lynch can also earn $3.75 million in incentives, a significant increase from the $2 million available in the previous deal.

The Raiders saved $500,000 in salary cap space with the new deal.