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Bruce Irvin grabs ex-Raiders teammate Khalil Mack's attention on sack

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Bruce Irvin grabs ex-Raiders teammate Khalil Mack's attention on sack

Bruce Irvin was shocked when the Raiders traded edge rusher Khalil Mack to the Bears one week before the season.

And in his first game without his longtime defensive counterpart, Irvin stepped up.

With the Rams marching toward the end zone and a second-quarter lead Monday night, Irvin strip-sacked unsuspecting Jared Goff to force a critical fourth down.

The Rams missed the ensuing field-goal attempt, and the Raiders held a 10-7 lead.

Irvin managed to get his former teammate's attention with the play.

Not a bad counter to Mack's monster Sunday night with his new team.

Raiders-Bengals injury report: Interior offensive line in bad shape

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Raiders-Bengals injury report: Interior offensive line in bad shape

ALAMEDA – The Raiders offensive line has a huge problem heading into Sunday’s game at Cincinnati. Both offensive guard spots have been decimated by injury.

Kelechi Osemele and Gabe Jackson missed Wednesday’s practice with injury, and it’s possible both missed the Bengals game. Chief backup at both guard spots and center Jon Feliciano is now on injured reserve.

That doesn’t leave much flanking center Rodney Hudson, which is why Denver Kirkland and Cameron Hunt were signed. Hunt was brought in to be the backup center.

Kirkland will join Denzelle Good and Chaz Green in the mix to play guard if their frontline starters remain out.

“I know that both (Osemele and Jackson) are as tough as they come and if there’s a will, there’s a way,” head coach Jon Gruden said. “They have the will, I know that. We’ll just hope for the best. Like we’ve done at other positions on offense, we’ll have to rally around the next guy up.”

Gruden also lauded Jackson’s and Feliciano’s toughness, for finishing the game-winning drive against Pittsburgh despite significant injuries. Feliciano could barely walk down the stretch, and Jackson refused to burn a timeout late to give him time to recover from tremendous elbow pain.

The interior line, by far the line’s strength, is in bad shape and the Raiders must find ways to handle that setback against a tough Bengals front.

“It will be very challenging, especially against a good defense,” Carr said. “Their front, obviously we know they got good players. It just is what it is this year. Guys are hurt, guys are leaving the building and we are getting new guys in. It’s next man up, but just the mentality that coach Gruden and I have together is, however it unfolds we are going to give Cincinnati our best shot.”

Raiders practice report

WEDNESDAY
Did not practice
G Gabe Jackson (elbow/ankle)
LG Kelechi Osemele (toe)
LB Kyle Wilber (hamstring)

Limited practice
C Rodney Hudson (ankle, knee)
DL Maurice Hurst (ankle)
WR Dwayne Harris (foot)
FB Keith Smith (calf)
CB Daryl Worley (shoulder)

Full practice
CB Gareon Conley (groin)

Bengals practice report

WEDNESDAY
Did not practice
LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion)
DE Michael Johnson (concussion)
CB Dre Kirkpatrick (ankle)

Limited practice
OT Clint Boling (knee)
OT Cordy Glenn (back)
CB Tony McRae (concussion)
CB KeiVarae (finger)

Full practice
QB Jeff Driskel (right shoulder)
WR Alex Erickson (shoulder)

Mark Davis weighing 'all options' for Raiders' 2019 home after Oakland sues

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Mark Davis weighing 'all options' for Raiders' 2019 home after Oakland sues

The Raiders were a focal point of Wednesday's events at the NFL winter owners meetings in Dallas.

The 2020 NFL Draft was awarded to Las Vegas in the team’s first year there. The Raiders also were attached to a strengthened Rooney Rule after many questioned whether the team ignored the spirit (and letter) of that law when hiring coach Jon Gruden last winter.

But the most pressing concern for the Raiders and their fans is where the team will play in 2019. The Raiders' lease with the Oakland Coliseum expires after this season, and a federal antitrust and breach-of-contract lawsuit levied Tuesday by the City of Oakland puts the team’s plans for next year up in the air.

“We do not have any answer on where we’re going to play next year,” team president Marc Badain told reporters Wednesday, via Pro Football Talk. “We made an offer of $7.5 million in rent to the city, and that’s now off the table. We have a number of options, and when we have an answer we’ll share it with you.”

The Raiders don’t have forever to decide. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a press conference that NFL schedulers would need to know where the Raiders will call their 2019 home in “early January, February.”

The Raiders always have preferred to remain in Oakland until their new Las Vegas stadium is scheduled to open in 2020, but they're starting to look into contingency plans once this lawsuit was approved by Oakland’s city council in early September.

Owner Mark Davis also spoke at the NFL meetings in Dallas, and said, “all options are open,” to where the Raiders will play in 2019. He was specifically asked about San Diego, Levi’s Stadium and other locales including in Nevada -- he doesn’t love San Antonio’s Alamodome turf -- and wouldn’t eliminate any on spec.

Davis wouldn’t even shut the door on Oakland despite pulling the latest Coliseum lease offer off the table.

“Emotionally, I don’t want to pay for my own lawsuit,” Davis said. “But, for the fans, that’s something I’ve got to think about.”