Raiders camp summary (8-7): Goodson injury casts pall over practice


Raiders camp summary (8-7): Goodson injury casts pall over practice

Summary -- Wednesday's practice, the sixth in a row in pads, had a pall cast over it about 34 of the way through when running back Mike Goodson was hit going across the middle for a pass by linebacker Philip Wheeler and was down for about 15 minutes. His facemask was removed and he was strapped to a gurney and taken by ambulance to nearby Queen of the Valley Medical Center. CT and MRI scans were negative and Goodson had returned to the camp facility by 8 p.m. It was a hot day, the hottest yet of camp, and players were getting agitated throughout.

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Offensive play of the day -- Rookie undrafted receiver Brandon Carswell extend down the right sideline on a Matt Leinart rollout pass and pulled the ball in with his right hand, right in front of cornerback Pat Lee.Defensive play of the day -- It was a bad pass, a wobbly one that should have been picked off, but rookie seventh-round draft pick Nathan Stupar showed up when he knocked Terrelle Pryor's throw out of the sky.Injury report -- Defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee), linebacker Aaron Curry (knee), punter Shane Lechler (left knee), running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring) and receivers Eddie McGee (hamstring) and Denarius Moore (hamstring) all sat out practice. Rookie defensive end Jack Crawford did not finish practice with a foot injury, and there was, obviously Goodson and his neck.Notable -- The second training camp practice field fight of the year was a quick one, and happened about five seconds after the play ended. Interestingly enough, it was between Goodson and safety Brandon Underwood. A few punches were thrown before the two were separated.Quotable -- "I texted him already and told him that I'm praying for him, that I'm sorry and I didn't mean to do it." -- Wheeler, on his hit that caused Goodson to leave the practice field in an ambulance.Eye on reps -- The first-team offense seemed to take an inordinate amount of snaps Tuesday, especially Carson Palmer under center. He is working hard on his footwork, particularly on the rollout passes. Palmer looks more comfortable now than he did a week ago.Extra work -- With Jones already out and Goodson getting injured, Lonyae Miller picked up a majority of the snaps behind Darren McFadden.Coaching moment -- At the conclusion of practice, Allen gathered the team and spoke to the players about Goodson's injury. "This is football, O.K., and things are going to happen," Allen said he told the team. "We don't want those things to happen. It's unfortunate, but it's football."Next practice -- The Raiders return Wednesday with an 8:50 a.m. practice..

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.