Raiders mum about cuts as deadline passes


Raiders mum about cuts as deadline passes

Sept. 3, 2011


Paul Gutierrez

The NFL-mandated deadline to have rosters cut down to 53 players was at 3 p.m. PT this afternoon. And while there is no reason to believe the Raiders missed it, almost two-and-a-half hours later, they had not made their cuts public.Neither, though, had Jacksonville, Seattle or Washington.It all lends credence to the notion that the Raiders were scouring the waiver wires in anticipation of adding a player or two and, thus, making more cuts."As you know, this is a process," Jackson did say. "And as I told you, we're just going to continue to uncover every opportunity that we can to get this team better. Obviously, there's nothing that's totally in ink just yet. The league didn't say it all had to be there right this second. We know there's deadlines that we need to adhere by, but we are always trying to make this team better."Whatever the deal, Raiders senior executive John Herrera said the roster would not be revealed for "at least two hours" and coach Hue Jackson would not address any transactions in his 4 p.m. conference call with beat reporters, who had asked if the call could be moved until after the roster was posted, to no avail.Jackson said he would address the roster specifics following Sunday's practice (Oakland goes at 12:30 p.m. at its Alameda compound).Still several reports surfaced during the day that had four defensive backs among the 26 players Oakland cut -- two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard, who had signed with the Raiders eight days earlier and saw his lone preseason action Friday at Seattle, and three 2010 draft picks in fifth-round cornerback Stevie Johnson, seventh-round cornerback Jeremy Ware and seventh-round safety Stevie Brown.Asked how Ware and Brown had acquitted themselves this preseason, Jackson said, "You're talking about two young men who've been here, who came back, ready to compete and give it everything they've got and I think those young men went out there every day and competed. Obviously, Jeremy had a little ding (ankle injury) here and there but I think the guys, as far as training camp is concerned, came to work everyday and went to the games and played as well as they could play."

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.