Injury report: Raiders' Joseph, McGee ruled out vs Colts


Injury report: Raiders' Joseph, McGee ruled out vs Colts

Raiders safety Karl Joseph has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against Indianapolis, this third straight contest stuck on the sideline.

A toe injury has kept him there, one initially injured in a Week 14 victory over Buffalo. Joseph hasn’t practiced since, though he did some side work on Wednesday morning but has rarely been seen during media access periods.

Veteran Nate Allen has played well in Joseph’s stead, and will make a third straight start against the Colts.

Defensive tackle Stacy McGee will miss his fourth straight game with an ankle injury. He has missed six games this season.

Edge rusher Shilique Calhoun was limited in practice this week. The team didn’t practice Friday but offered a participation approximation that included Calhoun being sidelined.

Defensive tackle Dan Williams was added to the injury report with a foot injury. He is considered questionable. Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Kelechi Osemele, Perry Riley and Malcolm Smith are also questionable but expected to play.

Here's the complete injury report for both teams:

Colts Injury Report

OLB Chris Carter (shoulder)
CB Rashaan Melvin (knee), OT Joe Reitz (back)

Raiders Injury Report
LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), DT Stacy McGee (ankle), S Karl Joseph (toe)
OL Kelechi Osemele (ankle), LB Perry Riley Jr. (hamstring), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring), DT Dan Williams (foot), WR Amari Cooper (shoulder), WR Michael Crabtree (finger)

Aldon Smith back in custody after police say he violated restraining order


Aldon Smith back in custody after police say he violated restraining order

SAN FRANCISCO — Former Oakland Raiders player Aldon Smith surrendered to police Friday on charges he violated a domestic violence restraining order.

San Francisco police said the 28-year-old Smith turned himself and was booked on three misdemeanor charges of violating a court order to stay away from a domestic violence victim.

Earlier this month, Smith pleaded not guilty to domestic violence and other charges and a judge issued a protective order prohibiting him from contacting the victim.

Police said Smith violated the restraining order earlier this week.

Smith’s attorney, Joshua Bentley, did not return a voicemail message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The Raiders released the linebacker days after his arrest on the domestic violence charges.

He had been on the suspended list since late 2015 for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.

Raiders retain E.J. Manuel, now have four QBs on the roster


Raiders retain E.J. Manuel, now have four QBs on the roster

The Raiders have a lot of quarterbacks under contract, certainly more than they’ll have come September.

That means the battle to be Derek Carr’s backup should be fierce. EJ Manuel had that title last year, with a shot to retain it after re-signing with the club on Thursday afternoon.

Veteran Josh Johnson signed up Monday, and those two will join third-year man Connor Cook behind Carr on the depth chart.

New head coach Jon Gruden loved Cook coming out of the draft, but the Michigan State alum failed to earn the backup job last season and must make a move up the depth chart to kickstart his career.

Manuel has a strong arm and starting experience, making him a steady and solid backup option. He completed 24-of-43 passes for 265 yards, a touchdown and an interception in two games when Carr was hurt.

Johnson might be a camp arm at this point, though he’ll be given a chance to compete this spring and summer.

Carr has been hurt for at least a small stretch in each of the last two seasons. Having Manuel in that spot might offer stability.

Gruden addressed last year’s backup quarterbacks last month at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Gruden on Manuel: “I think EJ is a young, talented guy,” Gruden said. “He’s been in the facility working out on his own every day. There is a bright upside to him, too, as a young quarterback to keep working with. He’s a free agent, but the Philadelphia Eagles proved that’s a pretty damn important position, isn’t it? Right? So we have to address that and see where we are.”

Gruden on Cook: “I am kind of surprised Connor hasn’t played in two years, other than the playoff game he got in as a rookie. After Derek got hurt last year, they turned the ball to EJ. I don’t know where Connor Cook is. I am frustrated right now that I can’t spend any time with him, but, April 9th (when the Raiders offeseason program starts) will be an exciting day for me and Connor Cook.”