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Raiders notes: Goodson, Wisniewski 'banged up'

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Raiders notes: Goodson, Wisniewski 'banged up'

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders emerged from Sunday's 26-16 defeat of Kansas City "a little bit banged up" physically, according to coach Dennis Allen.Backup running backkickoff returner Mike Goodson has a "turf toe" injury and center Stefen Wisniewski, who missed all of the offseason activities recovering from shoulder surgery and most of the preseason with a strained calf, has an ankle issue.Also, backup linebacker Keenan Clayton has a shoulder injury."I'm hopeful that it's not going to cause any of them to miss any game time," Allen said in his Monday media conference. "But we'll see how practice goes this week."Cornerback Ron Bartell, on the designated-to-return injured list after suffering a fractured shoulder blade in the season opener, is eligible to return to practice Wednesday."He will practice," Allen said. "At least, that's the anticipation as of today."No limitations that Im really aware of. Well get him out there. The only limitation that I see is just his physical conditioning as far as being ready to practice football for any significant length of time."Bartell is not eligible to play in a game, though, until Nov. 11, at Baltimore.The clock on the Raiders having to make a decision on PUP-listed linebacker Aaron Curry, meanwhile, continues to tick. Oakland has until Nov. 7 to decide whether to activate, waive or place him on Injured Reserve.Allen said the Raiders contemplated activating him for the Chiefs game this past weekend."The thing that we have to consider is its not just about activating Curry but somebody else has to come off the roster," Allen said. "Its not as simple a decision as it might seem."Well practice him again this week and see where we are at the end of the week."The NFL trade deadline has been pushed back 48 hours to 1 p.m. PT Thursday in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Do the Raiders figure to be active?"Well, well look and see whats out there," Allen said. "Were not going to close all our doors to anything that might be available. But, who knows what could happen over the next couple of days?"Asked if he was pleased with his roster as it stands, Allen said, "Yes."But really, what would you expect him to say?The feeling here is the Raiders stand pat, unless it's to make a very minor move as the aggressor, or some team wants to take on one of their monster contracts.

Irvin, Mack given a day off from Raiders practice

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Irvin, Mack given a day off from Raiders practice

ALAMEDA – Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin were out at Raiders practice Wednesday for the stretching period. Both edge rushers left one-at-a-time during the individual period, which was open to the press, headed into the main building and did not return.

There was no perceived reaction, certainly no surprise, from the coaching staff or players on the field. Irvin and new defensive coordinator John Pagano were seen joking around on the field before practice began in earnest. 

Both Irvin and Mack were given a practice off, one scheduled earlier in the day. A Raiders official called it a day off/rest-type day that was not injury related. The Silver and Black typically practice in pads or shells on Wednesday, but were in jerseys and sweats in the interest of recovery.

This day off's timing did raise an eyebrow.

Wednesday marked the first practice Irvin has missed since training camp. Mack hasn’t missed one in months.

Mack and Irvin’s downtime also came a day after beloved defensive coordinator Ken Norton’s firing.

Mack and Irvin especially were among those loyal to Norton. Mack and Norton developed a bond after the coach was named defensive coordinator in 2015. Norton and Irvin go way back to their days together in Seattle. Irvin credits Norton for helping him get on the right path and stay there.

Neither player was happy Norton got the axe. Irvin made his displeasure clear, tweeting “BULLS***” shortly after news of Norton’s demise broke. Mack told ESPN “I like to keep my thoughts private.”

It isn’t immediately clear if the non-injury related day off was related to Norton’s dismissal. Head coach Jack Del Rio won’t speak to the media again until Friday. New defensive coordinator John Pagano is scheduled to speak Thursday afternoon.

Del Rio addressed the media before Wednesday’s practice, and was asked how he’ll handle players unhappy with the in-season shake-up.

“I don’t try and 'handle' them,” Del Rio said. “I think the biggest thing is to understand the relationship, respect that, give him a little space and then at the end of the day, we’re going to get on with our work. But, I’m human. It wasn’t easy for me either.”

Del Rio: 'Nobody should feel comfortable,' following Norton firing

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Del Rio: 'Nobody should feel comfortable,' following Norton firing

ALAMEDA – Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio put out a statement Tuesday explaining why he fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr.

He went into greater detail Wednesday afternoon, his first time facing the media since a change was made

Specifics will be discussed further down this story. We don’t, however, want to bury the lede.

Del Rio’s main message wasn’t about Norton. It applied to all in Silver and Black. This season has not met lofty expectations. That is unacceptable.

“I know one thing,” Del Rio said. “Nobody should feel comfortable, because what I’ve been watching is not good enough.”

Del Rio didn’t absolve himself from blame. Norton got fired, but everyone has played a part in this disappointing 4-6 record.

“It’s always shared,” Del Rio said. “A change was made, obviously. We all share in it, all of us, starting with me. It’s coaches and players. It’s a team game, and we’re all in it together. And nobody is coming to help us.”

The Raiders must look inward to start a prolonged winning streak they’ve shown little evidence they can create.

The seat will be warm under players and coaches alike, even if only one change was made. Expect further shakeup on the coaching staff after the season, if vast improvements don’t come down the stretch, possibly with several position coaches being shown the door. More than a few higher profile players could be cut or allowed to leave, especially on defense.

While Del Rio has taken more heat the past month than at any other time in his Raiders tenure, expect him to be around a longer term. He was given a contract extension in February, and has significant capitol built after changing the culture in Oakland and re-teaching this team how to win. One bad year, even if this season continues heading downhill, shouldn’t erase that.

Del Rio was looking to shake things up, and Norton was the obvious move. Experienced play caller John Pagano was on staff – he was Chargers defensive coordinator from 2012-2016 – and firing the popular Pagano’s style could create some new waves and looks that any offensive Norton would make an impact in the locker room and prove this story’s opening quote, that no one should feel comfortable.

Del Rio hopes firing Norton will be a shock to the defense’s system.

“I really felt like I needed to shake things up,” Del Rio said. “We couldn’t continue doing what we’ve been doing to this point. So I made the call. The whole idea is to change what we’re doing and make sure…what I’m looking for at the end of the day is for us to play fast on defense. We weren’t playing fast enough. We weren’t playing confident enough.”