DENVER -- The Raiders included three players on the injury report for Sunday's AFC West opener against Denver. There were some big names among them. None of them will play.
Receiver Michael Crabtree and cornerback Gareon Conley were rendered inactive against the Broncos, leaving the Raiders thin and vulnerable at two spots. Keith McGill's also out with injury, which hurts coverage in the kicking game.
Crabtree's absence is a big deal. He was limited in two practices and missed Friday's walk-through, which raised red flags. He suffered a chest injury at Washington, and wasn't able to recover in time to exact revenge against Aqib Talib. The Denver cover man ripped Crabtree's chain off during last year's regular-season finale for no apparent reason, creating some buzz around Sunday's rematch.
Conley is still dealing with a shin injury that has plagued him since June. His practice activity decreased this week, suggesting he might not be ready to go. That leaves Sean Smith in a vital role a week after he played just three defensive snaps and got torched by Washington tight end Vernon Davis. He should be the third cornerback behind starters TJ Carrie and David Amerson.
RAIDERS 2018 OFFSEASON SCORECARD
WR Jordy Nelson (cut by Green Bay): 2 years/$15 million, $13 million guaranteed
CB Rashaan Melvin (UFA; Indianapolis): 1 year/$6.5 million
LB Tahir Whitehead (UFA; Detroit): 3 years/$18 million, $9 million guaranteed)
S Marcus Gilchrist (UFA; Houston): 1 year
RB Doug Martin (cut by Tampa Bay): 1 year
FB Keith Smith (UFA; Dallas): 2 years/$4.2 million
TE Derek Carrier (UFA; L.A. Rams): 3 years/$7 million
DE Tank Carradine (UFA; San Francisco): 1 year
LB Kyle Wilbur (UFA; Dallas): 2 years/$3.25 million
LS Andrew DePaola (UFA; Chicago): 4 years/$4.27 million
WR Griff Whalen (but by Baltimore)
Re-signed/extensions/contract tenders offered
DT Justin Ellis (UFA): 3 years/$15 million; $6 million guaranteed)
TE Lee Smith (UFA): 3 years
K Giorgio Tavecchio (ERFA): 1 year/$555,000
DE/LB Shilique Calhoun (ERFA): 1 year/630,000
S Erik Harris (ERFA)
DE James Cowser (ERFA)
OL Denver Krikland (ERFA)
CB Sean Smith (released)
CB David Amerson (released; Kansas City)
RT Marshall Newhouse (released)
LB Aldon Smith (released)
WR Michael Crabtree (released; Baltimore)
DL Denico Autry (UFA; Indianapolis)
CB TJ Carrie (UFA; Cleveland)
UNSIGNED FREE AGENTS
S Reggie Nelson (UFA)
K Sebastian Janikowski (UFA)
LB NaVorro Bowman (UFA)
LS Jon Condo (UFA)
QB EJ Manuel (UFA)
S Keith McGill (UFA)
UFA-Unrestricted free agent: Free to sign with any team
ERFA-Exclusive rights free agent: Player has no outside negotiating power
NOTE: Contract figures obtained by, league sources, NFLPA sources or overthecap.com
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RAIDERS 2018 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round: No. 10 overall
2. Second round:No. 41 overall
3. Third round: No. 75 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 110 overall
5. Sixth round: No. 185 overall
6. Sixth round: No. 192 overall
7. Sixth round: No. 210 overall*
8. Sixth round: No. 212 overall*
9. Sixth round: No. 216 overall*
10. Sixth round: No. 217 overall*
11. Seventh round: No. 228 overall
* compensatory pick
The Raiders signed veteran running back Doug Martin on Thursday, prompting many to believe the move meant the end of Marshawn Lynch's time in Oakland.
But as it has been expected, Martin is just another piece to go along with Lynch in the Raiders' backfield. According to multiple national reports, Lynch will remain in Silver and Black this upcoming season.
The news will become official when the Raiders pay Lynch his $1 million roster bonus on Sunday.
“One of the reasons I’m excited to be with the Raiders is to join forces with Lynch. We’ll see what happens," Jon Gruden told Insider Scott Bair at the NFL Scouting Combine. “We have to take a look at the entire roster, but I’m counting on him. I’m counting on him being a big part of this football team.”
Lynch, 31, rushed for 891 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry, and scored seven touchdowns for the Raiders in 2017.