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Injury report: CB Sean Smith returns to Raiders practice

Injury report: CB Sean Smith returns to Raiders practice

ALAMEDA – Raiders cornerback Sean Smith had his left shoulder wrapped tight in a harness on Thursday morning, and tested his ailing joint with added protection in an afternoon practice.

Smith hurt himself on the second snap of Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay and did not return, putting his playing status for a Week 9 contest versus Denver into question.

His participation in Thursday’s practice doesn’t resolve it. He participated in individual drills during open portions of practice, though the first unit still belonged to DJ Hayden, TJ Carrie and David Amerson in the early going.

The Raiders certainly hope Smith can return to play Denver’s big outside receivers in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, though it’s unknown at this time whether that will happen.

Defensive tackle Stacy McGee remains out with an ankle injury. Offensive linemen Donald Penn, Kelechi Osemele and Rodney Hudson returned after getting extra rest following an overtime Buccaneers victory.

Amari Cooper was limited in Wednesday’s work with a back strain and was again on Thursday.

Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
DT Stacy McGee (ankle)
Limited participation: C Rodney Hudson (knee), G Kelechi Osemele (knee), OL Vadal Alexander (ankle), WR Amari Cooper (back), RB Taiwan Jones (knee), OT Menelik Watson (calf), CB Sean Smith (shoulder)

Broncos participation report
Did not practice:
C Matt Paradis (hip), CB Aqib Talib (back), CB Kayvon Webster (hamstring), OT Russell Okung (not injury related)
Limited participation: RB Devontae Booker (shoulder), OLB Brandon Marshall (hamstring)
Full participation:FB Andy Janovich (hand), QB Trevor Siemian (shoulder), OLB DeMarcus Ware (forearm), NT Sylvester Williams (ankle), CB Chis Harris Jr. (not injury related), S Darian Stewart (not injury related), S T.J. Ward (not injury related), OLB Shaquil Barrett (shoulder)

 

Rashaan Melvin says he cheated Raiders fans during season with the team

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Rashaan Melvin says he cheated Raiders fans during season with the team

Rashaan Melvin said his goodbyes to the Raiders after the Lions announced a deal that would bring the cornerback to the team.

But Melvin's farewell to the Silver and Black was a bit of a sad one. Melvin said he felt as though he cheated the fans:

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Im thankful for every opportunity God has placed in my life. We all must go through some things to get to what is actually meant for us. I greatly appreciate the Oakland organization for giving me the opportunity to further my career this past season. I respect the raiders organization, I respect the tradition, and I respect the die hard fans that has and will forever believe in raider nation. I feel like I cheated the fans, and organization, and a long list of players that came before me that made the organization what it is. It was always a life time dream of mine to wear the silver and black. It really hurt me that I wasn’t able to be myself, and play the style of play that I know I was capable of playing. To all my guys in that locker room I appreciate you guys for making the year special through everything. I cherish the relationships that were created on and off the field. I respect you guys, and I wish you boy’s the best!! Y’all ball out for the City of Oakland 1 more time or for however long y’all there! Respect!! #22 #raidernation ✊🏾✊🏾

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This, of course, appeared to be more of him not feeling as though he played to his potential. Playing for the Raiders had been a dream of his.

Melvin only started in seven games last season which could be partly why he's feeling the way he's feeling. 

"To all my guys in the locker room, I appreciate you guys for making the year special through everything."

'Stop playing:' Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown takes jab at Bills

'Stop playing:' Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown takes jab at Bills

Antonio Brown is now a member of the Raiders -- which means he is not going to play for the Bills despite some strange rumors he would be Buffalo-bound.

So, naturally, Brown made sure to put a reaction on Instagram to double-down on this:

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Stop playing #FakeNews #Historical

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"Stop playing."

This is in addition to him saying it was "Fake news" at the beginning of the month: 

And anything sports-related and bring Drake into the mix is very much appreciated.

It appears Brown is more than happy with his decision to sport silver and black.