Jackson consults with Davis, Trask


Jackson consults with Davis, Trask

ALAMEDA -- With quarterback Jason Campbell lost for at least six weeks with a fractured collarbone, the Raiders have a huge decision to make before Tuesday's 1 p.m. PT trade deadline.

Which begs the question: in the wake of Al Davis' passing on Oct. 8, who does coach Hue Jackson answer to now in regards to player personnel decisions?

"I'm not going to do this alone," Jackson said. "I talk to Mark (Davis), I talk to Amy (Trask). Those are my two people I spend a lot of time talking to because they've been here and they're people I know the most.

"Then I pray. I pray hard to try to make the right decision. I ask for guidance and wisdom. We all need to because we're trying to win. That's the way it is. Those people are very, very important to this process. I'm not doing anything without Mark Davis and I'm not doing anything without Amy Trask knowing."

There had been reports that the Raiders were leaning on John Madden, Ken Herock and Ron Wolf in recent days.

I asked Jackson if he had been consulting anyone outside of the organization.

"I can't bounce things off those guys because they'll start telling my secrets," Jackson said with a laugh. "I can't do that. They start telling on me. Theyll start telling you guys and you guys will write them."

Jackson paused.

"I really don't," he added. "We try to keep everything in here pretty close to the vest because that's the way it should be. What we're trying to do is something that I think every team is trying to do. There's a blueprint of how to do it and we're working our blueprint."

Davis passed away Oct. 8 at the age of 82. Mark Davis became team owner following his father's death.

Trask is the team's CEO. She said last week that at some juncture there will be a search for a director of football operations or a general manager, possibly both.

Wolf played a prominent role in personnel operations with the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders from 19661975, and again from 19781990.

Herock is a former Raiders player (1963-67). He was Oakland's player personnel director in 1975 after starting his front office career with the Raiders in 1970 as a combination personnel scout and special teams and tight end coach.

Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing


Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing

First it was Marshawn Lynch coming to the defense of Marcus Peters. Now, it appears the Oakland native is returning the favor. 

The Chiefs cornerback will be speaking on behalf of Lynch during the Raiders' running back's appeal of his one-game suspension, according to multiple national reports. The appeal will take place on Monday.

Lynch was ejected in the second quarter of the Raiders' 31-30 victory over the Chiefs on Thursday night. After the Chiefs and Raiders saw themselves in a heated exchange from a controversial late hit by Peters on Derek Carr, Lynch ran off the sidelines and came to the defense of his close friend Peters with multiple Raiders going after the young defensive back. 

But in doing so, Lynch put his hands on an official and was immediately ejected from the game. He was then handed his one-game suspension on Friday.

“They can say what they want to say, but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first," Peters said to Logan Murdock of The Mercury News on Thursday.

FOX Sports was first to report the news.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game


Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.

He’ll also be a spectator next week.

The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.

The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.

Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.

By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.

Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.

Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.

Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.

Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.

“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.

His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.

Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.

If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.