Raiders camp report (730): Putting on the pads


Raiders camp report (730): Putting on the pads

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comSaturday, July 30Practice No. 3

Summary: Saturday marked the first padded practice, meaning they were allowed to hit. Not with aplomb, mind you, but just enough to get a feel for what is the most violent game in the country. There was a certain electricity in the air -- was that the Oklahoma drill? Why yes, yes it was -- when practice began. But it began to wane as the two-plus hour practice went on. The defense seems to be ahead of the offense but that is no surprise given each unit's job description. Neither is word of the first on-field camp fight, which was essentially a draw between linebacker Travis Goethel and guard Roy Schuening. Injury report: Rookie cornerback Chimdi Chekwa seemed to dislocate his left shoulder in an early practice hit-and-wrap scrimmage. "My shoulder popped out," he said to a trainer. "He just had a little nick," offered coach Hue Jackson. Meanwhile, rookie running back Taiwan Jones' baptism by fire continued as he was plowed over by middle linebacker Rolando McClain and later left practice with what Jackson described as either a hamstring or groin issue. Plus, receiver Jacoby Ford exited the locker room with his entire left arm bandagedwrapped, from his hand to his biceps. Meanwhile, defensive end Trevor Scott (knee), offensive lineman Bruce Campbell (knee) and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (undisclosed) continued to work out on their own.Eye on reps: The first look at the offensive line in a live contact situation had Jared Veldheer at left tackle, Daniel Loper at left guard, Stefen Wisniewski at center, Cooper Carlisle at right guard and Joseph Barksdale at right tackle. Also, Tyvon Branch continued to see time at free safety, while Mike Mitchell was at strong safety. Rookie DeMarcus Van Dyke had significant time at cornerback, though when he flubbed a sure interception of Jason Campbell at the goal line, DVD immediately dropped to the grass and made like Willie Mays Hayes by pumping out some pushups.Coaching moment: As the offensive coordinator last year, Hue Jackson had no issues issuing challenges to the defense. Now that he's head coach, it was his assistant coach, safeties, Kevin Ross running the smack talk at him during 11-on-11 drills. "What are you waiting on out here?" Ross said. "You sure you want that?" Jackson answered. And the gamesmanship began anew.Rookie report: Poor Alan Pelc. The undrafted rookie free agent offensive lineman from North Carolina first got steamrolled by linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. Later, Pelc got in a tussle with defensive tackle Tommy Kelly. Bad idea. Kelly went upside Pelc's helmet with at least three Deacon Jones- inspired head slaps. Call it a rookie learning moment.Notable: There's a reason quarterbacks wear red jerseys in practice. They mean, hands off. Which makes defensive line coach Mike Waufle screaming at defensive tackle Richard Seymour - "Nobody touches the quarterback! EVER!" - all the more understandable. Apparently, nobody is above being yelled at, either.Quotable: "I love that. That's the name of the game. If we're going to be a team that's building a bully, I can't all of a sudden walk out there on Sunday, Monday or Thursday and say we are. We've got to become one, and I think our guys understand it's a contact sport and we've got to line up every now and then and run into each other." - Coach Hue Jackson on hitting at practice.Next practice: Sunday, 3:30 p.m.

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.