Raiders key matchup No. 1: Lee vs. Tannehill


Raiders key matchup No. 1: Lee vs. Tannehill

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final part in a series that spotlighted three Raiders-Dolphins matchups to watch Sunday, 10 a.m. (CBS) at Sun Life Stadium.

Matchup No. 3: Rolando McClain vs. Reggie Bush
Matchup No. 2: Jared Veldheer vs. Cameron Wake

Raiders DB Pat Lee vs. Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill
Tale of the tape
Lee: 6-foot, 195 pounds, fifth season, Auburn
Tannehill: 6-foot-4, 221 pounds, rookie, Texas A&MHOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Lee has been playing in NFL games since 2008. Tannehill was the No. 8 overall pick of the most recent NFL draft.The Raiders cornerback and the Dolphins quarterback have started the exact same number of games in their respective NFL careers -- one.And yet, because of the broken shoulder blade suffered by Ron Bartell in Monday night's opener, Lee will get the start at left corner and will no doubt be targeted by Tannehill on Sunday."It's no different," Lee told reporters of starting this week. "No different at all. Still got to go out there and help everybody else on the team."You never know what situation you could be in. So I just always prepare myself like, any day, I could be out there. Any minute. It could be for the rest of the season, or a couple games. It doesn't matter. I always prepare myself like that."That mindset helped him against San Diego on Monday, when he played the second half for Bartell, and in Super Bowl XLV, when he had to play 20 snaps for Green Bay when Charles Woodson went down and Sam Shields was also injured.Most of Lee's time had come as a nickel cornerback."And hes physical," said Raiders cornerback Shawntae Spencer. "I call him 'Fat Corner.' Hes a big corner, manand tackles well. Everybodys comfortable, I know the staff is very comfortable with him being in there, playing all the calls. Nothing is going to change as far as, its not going to limit us without Ron or nothing like that. I know they've got total confidence in him."Confidence, though, might have been an issue for Tannehill, who suffered through a skittish debut in the Dolphins' 30-10 loss at Houston last week.In becoming the first rookie quarterback to start a season opener in Miami franchise history, he through three interceptions, had five passes tipped and finished with a passer rating of 39.0.Tannehill said the tipped passes, three of them by Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, were a point of emphasis this week in anticipation of the Dolphins' home opener."Is there anything that I'm giving away, (are) there indicators?" Tannehill wondered. "Not a lot we can do about itthey're all on quick games, short throws."Watt said he picked up the Dolphins' snap count watching the team on HBO's "Hard Knocks" show during training camp."During the downfield passes, obviously you need to find the throwing lane," Tannehill added. "When youre throwing the quick game, its tough to be able to move and you find a throwing lane. Well, if youre throwing a quick slant, you dont have a lot of time to moveI have to be able to get the ball out quickly and have a high release, but other than that, theres not a whole lot you can do about it."If and when he goes downfield, Tannehill will find Lee, who was drafted by the Packers in the second round of the 2008 draft and spent 2009 on Injured Reserve with a knee injury. He reunited with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie on March 27, signing with Oakland as a free agent.The Raiders are fine with Tannehill targeting Lee, especially after his showing against San Diego."I thought he went in and played against a good offensive team and played pretty well," said Raiders coach Dennis Allen. "We're looking forward to watching him go out there and play. He's prepared to play like a pro, and that's what we fully anticipate."We expect a high level, and he expects a high level of himself."

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.