Injury report: Raiders RB Murray ruled out vs Chiefs


Injury report: Raiders RB Murray ruled out vs Chiefs

ALAMEDA – The Raiders will play another game without Latavius Murray. The running back was ruled out of Sunday’s game against Kansas City with a bout of turf toe that will sideline him for two full weeks.

The Raiders will go with a rotation used in last week’s victory over San Diego, featuring rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard and fullback Jamize Olawale.

The young tailbacks should do most of the work, but Olawale is productive in short-yardage situations and has sneaky speed in the open field.

“Murray is a big part of our offense, but we have to step up and make plays while he’s out,” Olawale said. “We have to continue to do what we’ve been doing all season.”

Washington and Richard are diverse talents, which the Raiders have taken advantage of on offense and special teams.

“Just they have so much on their plate,” offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said. “They’re young guys. Fifth game of their career and they have to contribute on special teams and be ready to go run the punt team, cover kicks, catch punts, catch kicks and then know everything that we’re doing on offense. Very impressed.”

The Raiders will go with a different starter at right tackle. Austin Howard is back to full health after dealing with an ankle injury, and his presence should help the run game and in pass protection. Rookie Vadal Alexander filled in well the last two weeks, but is now out with an ankle injury. Menelik Watson will miss his third straight game with a groin issue.

Tight end Clive Walford and linebacker Malcolm Smith are questionable to play Sunday.

The Chiefs are shockingly healthy, even coming off a bye. Everyone on their 53-man roster should be available for this game.

Chiefs Injury Report

NOTE: The Chiefs don’t have a single player listed as out or questionable heading into Sunday’s game. OLB Tamba Hali (knee), LB Sio Moore (illness), RB Knile Davis (concussion), CB Phillip Gaines (knee), OL Jah Reid (knee), Charcandrick West (ankle) did not receive an injury designation, meaning they will play.

Raiders Injury Report

OT Menelik Watson, RB Latavius Murray (toe), OL Vadal Alexander (ankle)
S Nate Allen (quadriceps) RB Taiwan Jones, (knee) OT Matt McCants (knee), LB Malcolm Smith (quadriceps), TE Clive Walford (knee), S Nate Allen (quadriceps), OL Jon Feliciano (calf)

Raiders to sign former 49ers defensive lineman


Raiders to sign former 49ers defensive lineman

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden wanted veterans to help turn his defense around. He added a linebacker and defensive backs aplenty. Then, on Friday night, he gave the front some help.

Former 49ers defensive lineman Tank Carradine will sign with the Raiders, the 28-year old announced on his Instagram page. 

The Sacramento Bee first reported the news. 

He visited the Raiders on Thursday and was in Seattle earlier Friday, but will sign with the Silver and Black.

Carradine could help their transition to a more traditional 4-3 alignment, able to play end in the base defense. He has proven himself as a solid run defender, but believes he can be an effective pass rusher if given the opportunity.

Carradine didn’t get many pass-rushing chances with the 49ers, who generally removed him on passing downs. He has 5.5 sacks in four professional seasons. He played 37.9 percent of 49ers defensive snaps during eight games with the 49ers last season. He missed the same amount on short-term injured reserve with an ankle injury.

At 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, he has the size to be a 4-3 base end. He’ll likely have to battle Mario Edwards Jr. for snaps opposite Khalil Mack, though Bruce Irvin will take that spot in sub packages.

Carradine will be the 10th free-agent signing expected to make the roster, which means the roster turnover this summer should be significant. 

Here was his Instagram post from Friday night: 

Proud to become an Oakland Raider! Let's go #raiders#nation

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Adding Rashaan Melvin the key move to Raiders' revamped secondary


Adding Rashaan Melvin the key move to Raiders' revamped secondary

The Raiders started this offseason looking to revamp their secondary around their last two first-round picks. Gareon Conley would start at one cornerback spot. Karl Joseph was penned at strong safety.

Every other job, however, was wide open and likely filled from the outside.

Safety Marcus Gilchrist came aboard Thursday, but one premium spot remained open opposite Conley. Veteran cornerback Rashaan Melvin took it Friday afternoon, agreeing on terms of a one-year $6.5 million contract.

NFL Network broke the news of a bargain compared to other cornerback free-agent deals. They aren’t attached to him long term, and Melvin can sign a bigger deal if he plays well in 2018.

The Raiders declared interest in the former Indianapolis cornerback early this week and worked toward an agreement sealed during a Friday morning visit at the team’s Alameda practice facility.

The 28-year old’s fresh off a career year, allowing just 29 receptions for 328 yards and two touchdowns on 55 targets in 2017. He had three interceptions and 13 passes defensed. Quarterbacks had a paltry 60.3 passer rating against him.

Melvin stands 6-foot-2, 196 pounds and has the athleticism to excel in Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther’s system.

Melvin bounced around before settling with the Colts, struggling to find footing in Tampa Bay, Baltimore New England and two offseason programs in Miami. He found a home in Indianapolis, and became a regular starter in 2016. His breakout 2017 season was cut short by a hand injury that kept him out the last five games.

Melvin projects to start right away. The Raiders will be thrilled if he stays healthy and retains recent form. Melvin has solid ball skills, regularly forces incompletions and thrived in tough assignments that came with being the Colts’ top cornerback.

Gilchrist’s addition, Melvin’s deal and the Friday addition of Shareece Wright fills a cupboard in the defensive backfield laid bare by design.

The Raiders cut David Amerson and now-jailed Sean Smith this offseason. TJ Carrie took a big deal in Cleveland. Reggie Nelson’s allowed to walk as a free agent.

The Raiders added three free agents to the group thus far, and could well draft another defensive back next month.

They’ll have safety Obi Melifonwu in reserve – he’ll have to earn a role after missing most of 2017 with injury – and cornerbacks Antonio Hamilton and Dexter McDonald vying for spots.

Melvin will be plenty motivated to have a big year and cash in at age 29, for what might be his last shot at a big payday.