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QB Gradkowski signs with Bengals

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QB Gradkowski signs with Bengals

July 27, 2011RAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEO
CSNBayArea.com staff

Raiders free agent quarterback Bruce Gradkowski has signed a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a national media report.

Gradkowski confirmed the move to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's Kate Longworth shortly after the initial news.

The popular QB shared this message on his departure: "It's been a great experience in the bay and I wanna thank the awesome fans!"

Raiders coach Hue Jackson was asked about the departure of Gradkowski, as well as that of Robert Gallery, who reportedly signed with Seattle.

Im very happy for both of those individuals," Jackson said. "Those individuals were here and a big part of what we did a year ago. I wish them well. They have great families. When they were here, they did everything they could. Im sure theyll move forward and keep going. The most important thing for me is, these men that are here and the way I get these guys ready to play football.

Gradkowski was plagued by shoulder and knee injuries the past two seasons.

ESPN's Adam Schefter posted news of the deal on Twitter shortly before 2 p.m.

Gradkowski appeared in six games for Oakland in 2010, completing 83 of 157 attempts, with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. He appeared in seven games in 2009, including an upset of the Steelers in Pittsburgh, Gradkowski's home town.

On November 22, 2009, in his first start for the Raiders, Gradkowski threw two touchdowns to spark a come-from-behind 20-17 victory over the heavily favored Bengals.

Gradkowski was a sixth-round selection of Tampa Bay in 2006.

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

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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

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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.