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Ex-Raider Khalil Mack snags pick-six in first half of Bears debut

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Ex-Raider Khalil Mack snags pick-six in first half of Bears debut

Former Raiders edge rusher Khalil Mack couldn't have asked for a better first half in his Chicago Bears debut. 

Mack forced two turnovers in a span of two-and-a-half minutes. He strip-sacked Green Bay Packers backup quarterback DeShone Kizer, and then returned an interception to the house to give Chicago a 17-0 lead. 

The sack was Mack's first solo tackle with Chicago, and his touchdown was the second of his career. This all came a week after he signed the richest contract for a defensive player in NFL history. The Raiders reportedly had a chance to sign their 2014 first-round pick for less, but opted to trade Mack to the Bears for a package centered on two first-round picks. 

Mack channeled LeBron James to celebrate his sack, and managed to get the King's attention.

Your move, Jon Gruden. 

Poor air quality impacting Raiders prep for Cardinals game

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Poor air quality impacting Raiders prep for Cardinals game

ALAMEDA – The Raiders downgraded their practice to a walk-through for the second straight day due to poor air quality, again moving off-site to work indoors at a local sports complex.

While anyone in Silver and Black is careful to point out inconveniences brought about by think smoke in the Bay Area are inconsequential to the lives, homes and other property lost in the Camp Fire itself, the Raiders are at a disadvantage while preparing for Sunday’s game against the host Arizona Cardinals.

They haven’t conducted a full-speed practice since Wednesday, and even that was conducted in poor air quality. Conditions have worsened dramatically over the past few days, with unhealthy conditions for even normal, healthy adults.

Had a home game been schedule for Sunday, the NFL surely would’ve moved it to another location. The Environmental Protection Agency gave air quality an unhealthy score of 159 before the previous game against the Chargers. The EPA’s air quality score in Oakland was 256 in Oakland.

Smoky air drove the Raiders indoors for the second straight day, where they got in reps but none a full speed. They don’t have the space or quality surface to do real football work, but the Raiders are making do.

“We’re practicing in an indoor, ice rink that was (converted) to a soccer field,” Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said. “We didn’t have much room to get the splits and get the routes run. We’re not going to make any excuses. We’re not the only people dealing with adversity right now.”

That last part is true, but this week’s prep wasn’t complete, and it could impact their ability to earn the season’s second win against a beatable opponent.

“The practices have impacted us, You need to see things at speed to generate timing. Switching stunts in a walk through in an indoor facility is one thing, in a controlled fashion. Switching them on a practice field at full speed is another. Timing out routes, seeing it at speed. That’s why you see a lot of indoor facilities around the league. It gets bad outside, they go inside. Fortunately for us we were able to find a place to get some work in.”

Raiders injury report: Martavis Bryant, Jordy Nelson formally ruled out

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Raiders injury report: Martavis Bryant, Jordy Nelson formally ruled out

ALAMEDA – Jordy Nelson didn’t practice all week due to a bone bruise around his knee. The Raiders receiver wasn’t even listed as limited during practice approximations on Thursday and Friday, when the team conducted walk-throughs indoors due to poor air quality.

That was a sign the veteran wouldn’t be available for Sunday’s game at Arizona. He was listed as questionable anyway on the team’s official injury report, a mild surprise negated when he was downgraded to out a short while later.

We already knew Martavis Bryant wouldn’t be available in Arizona with a PCL injury. Nelson wasn’t expected to play, but this puts finality on a situation that will hurt an already struggling Raiders passing game.

Seth Roberts and Brandon LaFell will be the primary receivers -- tight end Jared Cook obviously plays a huge role in the passing game -- and rookie Marcell Ateman will have a offensive role in his NFL debut.

The Raiders are razor thin at an important spot.

The secondary could be another if some questionable cornerbacks are unable to play. Gareon Conley (groin) and Nick Nelson (illness) had their playing status called into question. That’s two of the top cornerbacks on the depth chart, and missing them would prove difficult. It’s certainly possible -- maybe even likely -- that both defensive backs play against the Cardinals.

INJURY REPORT

RAIDERS
Out

WR Maratvis Bryant (knee)
WR Jordy Nelson (knee)

Questionable
CB Nick Nelson (illness)
LB Kyle Wilber (knee)
CB Gareon Conley (groin)

CARDINALS
Out

S Budda Baker (knee)
WR Chad Williams (ankle)

Questionable
K Phil Dawson (hip)
S Rudy Ford (heel)
DT Rodney Gunter (not injury related)
OL D.J. Humphries (knee)
OL Mike Iupati (back)
DT Robert Nkemdiche (calf)