No McFadden, but Raiders are healing


No McFadden, but Raiders are healing

ALAMEDA -- Sure, running Darren McFadden missed practice again on Thursday and is not likely to play in the regular-season finale against San Diego on Sunday. Same goes for defensive tackle John Henderson, who was trudging around the Raiders locker room on Monday with the aid of a cane.And Jason Campbell's career in Silver and Black essentially ended with the snap of his right collarbone on Oct. 16.Fact is, and even with the enormity of the above-listed names, the Raiders are the healthiest they've been since the season began."We got some guys back," coach Hue Jackson said Thursday.
Among them: receiverreturner Jacoby Ford, who has not played since spraining his left foot against San Diego on Nov. 10 and practiced for the second straight day, running back Taiwan Jones, who has not played since straining a hamstring on Nov. 20 but practiced all of last week and was a gameday scratch, and free safety Michael Huff, who missed the past two games with a hamstring strain."I was really happy with the way (Ford) practiced today," Jackson said. "I think he's getting better and it's good to have him back out there. It's a testament to our medical staff, they've done a great job."When guys are ready to play, when they put them back out there, they've been ready. So we'll see where he is again (Friday). I think he responded from yesterday's practice to today's practice and we'll see where he is tomorrow."Jackson said earlier in the week that he asked Jones if he could play last Saturday in Kansas City and he said no."He's getting better," Jackson said of Jones. "But again, I still haven't seen him just turn it loose yet, and that's kind of what you need to see. I think he's real close. As I asked him today, 'How are you feeling?' He said, 'Coach, much better. I'm practically there.'"But still, to say he's exactly where I think he needs to be to play at a high level, I'm going to (need to) see it, and that's just where I am. I need to see it in order for a guy to do it, because I think if the guy shows you in practice, he's going to do it in a game. I think he's close, and we'll find out in the next day or so."And Jackson's thoughts on Huff?"I think Huff is back," he said. "From what I see. I think he ran well, he's out there with his defensive teammates, I mean, he took quite a few reps over the last couple of days, so he's well on his way. But again, as you know there's still hours and days left and a lot of things can happen between now and then."Then there's eight-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who missed Wednesday's practice with a cold but was back at it on Thursday.A look, then, at the Raiders' and Chargers' practice reports for Thursday:RAIDERSDid not participate: QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), DT John Henderson (knee), RB Darren McFadden (foot).Limited participation: WR Jacoby Ford (foot), FS Michael Huff (hamstring), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), DT Richard Seymour (illness).Full participation: WR Louis Murphy (groin), CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (concussion).CHARGERSDid not participate: TE Antonio Gates (not injury related), WR Vincent Jackson (groin), LB Travis LaBoy (knee), RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring).Limited participation: RB Ryan Mathews (calf), LB Shaun Phillips (back).Full participation: LB Andrew Gachkar (hamstring), LT Jared Gaither (ankle).

What they're saying: NFL players speak out after Marshawn Lynch's ejection


What they're saying: NFL players speak out after Marshawn Lynch's ejection

With 6:05 left in the first half of Thursday night's Chiefs vs Raiders contest, things took a wild turn. 

The Raiders and Chiefs found themselves in a scuffle after it appeared Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters hit Raiders quarterback Derek Carr late. Marshawn Lynch then sprinted off the sidelines. 

Lynch looked to get in the middle of the situation and get his good friend and Oakland native Peters out of the way. But while doing so, Lynch pushed an offical and was ejected from the game. 

Several NFL players then took to Twitter. 

Instant Analysis: In wild fashion, Raiders end losing streak with no time left


Instant Analysis: In wild fashion, Raiders end losing streak with no time left


OAKLAND – The Raiders were desperate for a win and played like it.

The offense woke from the dead. The defense showed energy and life.

Had they played like this recently, they would’ve been far better than 2-4. But they got what they earned, as head coach Jack Del Rio likes to say, and faced a virtual must win against the AFC’s finest.

It would take a Herculean effort from quarterback Derek Carr. The Raiders got that. He was nothing short of awesome.

The Chiefs don’t roll over for anyone. Some 2016 magic was required.

They got some, and plenty of it.

The Raiders beat Kansas City 31-30. Carr to Crabtree on an untimed down. And it kept their season alive.

They were so close to 2-5. They walked off the field 3-4, re-energized and in far better shape to face the rest of their season.

That result was earned with an excellent two-minute drill that featured some big moments, including a 39-yard catch and run by Amari Cooper. That was topped a short while later by a 13-yard pass to Jared Cook on 4th-and-11.

The Raiders worked it down to the 1-yard line on a 29-yard strike to Jared Cook. It was called a touchdown on the field, but ruled short of the goal line. That caused a 10-second runoff – Cook was in bounds -- that left eight seconds on the clock. Then Michael Crabtree pushed off. They the Chiefs were called for defensive holding, resulting in one untimed down. Holding gave the Raiders another.

That’s when Carr found Michael Crabtree for a game-tying touchdown. Girgio Tavecchio’s extra point won it.

The Raiders were down nine points to start the fourth quarter, but Tavecchio’s 26-yard field goal a few minutes in made it a one-score game.

The defense got a stop with six minutes left, and gave the offense a chance to win it.

The Raiders went three and out.

So did the Chiefs, courtesy of solid run defense and a Denico Autry/Khalil Mack sack.

The Silver and Black regained possession with 2:25 left and a timeout remaining.

You already know what happened next.

The Raiders offense came back to life Thursday night. Quarterback Derek Carr paced a frenzied attack, as you’d expect, sparked by deep plays missing in recent weeks.

Carr’s rare combination of zip and touch was back on display. He was nothing short of awesome, completing 29-of-52 passes for 417 yards and three touchdowns, in his best game of the season.

Previously slumping receiver Amari Cooper was active early, with touchdown catches on his team’s first two drives.

The home team’s total was hindered by a pair of missed field goals, though yards came in bunches all night.

Even so, it proved tough to compete with Kansas City’s high-powered offense. The Raiders defense created pressure and did some nice things, but gave up too many explosive plays on the night.

Smith hit speedster Tyreek Hill on a 64-yard catch and run for touchdown to cap a three-play, 99-yard drive. Albert Wilson scored from 63 yards out, thanks to a ball tipped back by Keith McGill – it should’ve been intercepted – that went right to Wilson for an easy score.

Welcome back, Amari: Top Raiders receiver Amari Cooper broke out of a prolonged slump with a dynamite performance. He had two huge catches early in the game, and finished with 11 catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns. He also drew a pass interference inside the Kansas City 5-yard line that set up another score.

Report: Penn and Crabtree argue on sideline: Raiders left tackle Donald Penn and receiver Michael Crabtree got into a shoving match on the sideline, according to CBS on-field reporter Tracy Wolfson.

Wolfson said offensive line coach Mike Tice had to break up the exchange. It’s uncertain why the incident began.

Marshawn gets ejected: Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch got ejected for making contact with an official in the second quarter. He came in from the sideline to protect Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters, who was being confronted for a late hit on quarterback Derek Carr.

Lynch tried to get in the middle of teammates and his good friend and Oakland native, and ended up pushing an official. He will get fined and possibly suspended for the act.