Reviewing Terrelle Pryor's first NFL practice


Reviewing Terrelle Pryor's first NFL practice

ALAMEDA -- So, wondering how Terrelle Pryor looked and felt in his first "official" NFL practice on Wednesday?You'll have to hear from those around him.Pryor declined to speak with waiting reporters in the Raiders locker room following practice, saying he was running late to a meeting. Which is probably a good thing because according to coach Hue Jackson and starting quarterback Jason Campbell, the rookie has been very mindful in such skull sessions."He's really quiet, but at the same time, he still talks," Campbell said. "He'll come up with suggestions. He'll write it on the board: 'I think we should do this on this play.' So I said, 'What, are you our consultant now?'"Campbell laughed.But Pryor's five-game unpaid suspension to begin his NFL career was no laughing matter. Not when it kept him from practicing with the team and limited him to meetings.Campbell called Pryor a "look-alike" and smiled."He's a big, athletic guy," Campbell said. "He's tall, he can run. I think he's just excited to be back on the practice field. Having to sit out for five weeks and, obviously, not receive a paycheck for five weeks, I know kind of stings too."But I think he's obviously excited about being out there with his teammates and getting to learn football and getting to learn our offense and grow together."The Raiders received a one-game roster exemption for Pryor, meaning they can carry 54 players on the roster this week and can have eight inactives on Sunday against Cleveland, so long as Pryor is one of them.Coach Hue Jackson said Pryor needs to both run the scout team in practice as well as learn the Raiders offense."Jason's our starter and Kyle (Boller is) our backup," Jackson said. "Right now (Pryor is) getting the opportunities that he gets, and he's going to earn what he gets. He's talented and I'm looking forward to continue working with him."And as far as how he looked in practice?"I thought he did some good things but we'll continue this week to do that, to get him back in the mix with his teammates so that I can see him a little bit more and evaluate that talent and see where I can put it," Jackson said. "But the young man, I can tell, he did a lot of work prior to today. It shows that he's gotten better."

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.