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NFL fines pair of Raiders defensive players

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NFL fines pair of Raiders defensive players

The Raiders and Dolphins had five personal fouls between them on Sunday night, a flag fest that featured 22 penalties.

Even if some calls were questionable, it was logical to assume fines would come from so many serious infractions.

Sure enough, two Raiders lost weight in their wallet.

Strong safety Karl Joseph got hit with a $18,231 fine for unnecessary roughness late in the second quarter, and defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. lost $9,115 for the same infraction.

Joseph got slapped with a hard fine for a late hit after running back Damien Williams stepped out of bounds. He didn’t make contact with the head or neck area, through his knock was clearly tardy.

Edwards Jr. got caught retaliating after getting blocked by tight end Anthony Fasano, who hit the back of Edwards’ head on the way down. Edwards got up and punched him in the head. That’s a no-no, and it cost Edwards some money.

Inactives: Joseph, James, Jackson deemed good to go for Raiders

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Inactives: Joseph, James, Jackson deemed good to go for Raiders

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The Raiders had several key players considered questionable heading into Sunday night's game against Miami. 

Strong safety Karl Joseph, weakside linebacker Cory James and right guard Gabe Jackson were among them.

Those guys were considered game-ready. That's good news for a Raiders team facing a must-win contest in a curretntly muddled AFC West. 

Those inclusions fortified an ailing squad, though nothing can fix their cornerback depth. Gareon Conley and David Amerson were ruled out on Friday, and Demetrius McCray was placed on injured reserve a day later. They only have three career cornerbacks active. Sean Smith, TJ Carrie and Dexter McDonald will be the primary cover men, as they were a week ago. 

Joseph will reclaim his starting spot, which Shalom Luani occupied last week. 

Defensive tackle Jihad Ward was a healthy scratch yet again. In addition, fullback Jamize Olawale, offensive tackles Jylan Ware and David Sharpe and quarterback Connor Cook were inactive. 

Raiders secondary ailing with Joseph, Amerson out vs Bills

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Raiders secondary ailing with Joseph, Amerson out vs Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – The Raiders will benefit from injuries in the Buffalo secondary. The Bills are missing starting safety Jordan Poyer and cornerback E.J. Gaines. That should create windows for Derek Carr and the Raiders passing game.

Tyrod Taylor is in the same spot.

The Buffalo Bills quarterback will benefit from injuries to safety Karl Joseph and cornerback David Amerson. Dexter McDonald and Shalom Luani will fill in for those guys, respectively, in the Raiders backfield.

That’s as important as the weather, which is blustery at best. The team that deals with injuries and inclement conditions best could emerge victorious in a game the Raiders desperately need.

The Silver and Black’s linebacker issues improves somewhat with Cory James active after missing most of two games with a knee injury. He will start next to veteran NaVorro Bowman, who must have a solid performance in the middle. Rookie Marquel will miss a third game with an ankle sprain.

In addition, quarterback Connor Cook, cornerback Gareon Conley and offensive tackles Jylan Ware and David Sharpe are inactive.