Injury report: Joseph does side work during Raiders practice, McGee limited

Injury report: Joseph does side work during Raiders practice, McGee limited

ALAMEDA – Karl Joseph hasn’t practiced with Raiders in some time. The Raiders first-round pick has been sidelined with a toe first injured against Buffalo, a long time gone for the young player.

He has done some side work. He did a bit last week and some more during an open period of Wednesday’s practice. That’s a sign he’s inching closer to a return, though it’s hard to imagine him ready for Sunday’s game against Denver.

There’s a possibility defensive tackle Stacy McGee could come back from a long absence. He had been out with an ankle injury, but is now limited with a groin strain from a practice last week where he was limited.

Left guard Kelechi Osemele did not participate with an ankle injury, but his absence likely has more to do with rest than anything else.

Receiver Michael Crabtree was limited with an ankle injury suffered against Indianapolis. He is expected to play through the ailment. Receiver Amari Cooper continues to be limited with a shoulder injury that he plays with.

Running back Jalen Richard should be fine after suffering a shoulder ailment.

Receiver Andre Holmes was also limited with a shoulder injury.

The Denver Broncos place edge rusher DeMarcus Ware and cornerback Kayvon Webster on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday morning.

Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
S Karl Joseph (toe), QB Derek Carr (ankle), LG Kelechi Osemele (ankle)
Limited participation: WR Amari Cooper (shoulder), WR Michael Crabtree (ankle), WR Andre Holmes (shoulder), DT Stacy McGee (groin), RB Jale Richard (shoulder), LB Perry Riley (hamstring), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring)

Broncos participation report
Did not participate:
OLB Shaq Barrett (ankle), TE AJ Derby (concussion), S TJ Card (concussion), DE Derek Wolfe (neck)
Limited participation: TE Virgil Green (concussion), LB Brandon Marshall (hamstring), C Matt Paradis (hips), NT Sylvester Williams (shoulder)
Full participation: WR Bennie Fowler (knee)

Raiders' slow-playing decision on Marshawn Lynch, likely after NFL draft

Raiders' slow-playing decision on Marshawn Lynch, likely after NFL draft

PHOENIX -- Marshawn Lynch isn’t a mortal lock to return to the Raiders next season. There’s certainly interest from both sides in playing another year together, but no reunion has been set.

That isn’t expected until after the NFL draft, as the Raiders continue to weigh options to fill their big void on the roster.

“We have a need at halfback, at feature back,” Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday morning at the NFL owners meeting. “We’re going to keep the door open for Marshawn, certainly. We’re going to keep researching his situation and we’ll see what happens.”

There’s some clarity on Lynch’s situation. He is healthy and cleared to play again, after suffering a groin injury in last season’s Week 6 loss to Seattle.

Lynch was his elusive, violent self before the injury, arguably the best Raiders skill player all season. He’ll be 33 next month but has shown an ability to run well at an age where most runners fall off. He could be an asset to the Raiders even if he isn’t getting 20 touches a game. He could be an asset to the Raiders even if they draft a running back of the future relatively high in the NFL draft.

“We’re looking for a three-down back, a guy who can play in any situation,” Gruden said. “That’s a guy who can catch it, pick up blitzes and a guy who can run in the first and the fourth quarter. We’re looking for guys with some durability and versatility. That’s a big thing. They’re hard to find. You have to have a certain size about you. You have to take punishment and deliver punishment. Those are the big things we look for.”

Lynch can do all of those things, and ease the transition to a younger runner. The Raiders expect Jalen Richard back on a second-round restricted free agent contract tender. He’ll have a role. Chris Warren’s an intriguing prospect who shined in the summer before missing the season with a knee issue.

The Raiders sent running backs coach Kirby Wilson to Alabama’s pro day to scout top prospects Josh Jacobs and Damien Harris. The Raiders are turning over every rock looking for stability at the running back spot.

Lynch is a player who can produce and put butts in the seats during a farewell season in Oakland hometown. Lynch is immensely popular in the East Bay for his charitable work, especially with children, and champions Oakland at every turn.

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Owner Mark Davis is a big fan. Jon Gruden always has been. So are many owners of the No. 24 jersey. Bringing Lynch back for one more season in Oakland – I can’t imagine a scenario where he’d be a Las Vegas Raiders – remains an option as the offseason progresses. It just hasn’t been exercised yet.

“The door’s always going to be open for Marshawn Lynch,” Gruden said. “All the doors are always going to be open for him.”

NFL free agency: Raiders sign ex-Steelers backup QB Landry Jones


NFL free agency: Raiders sign ex-Steelers backup QB Landry Jones

A familiar face will join Antonio Brown in the Raiders' locker room, as their quarterback room just got more crowded. 

The Raiders signed former Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Jones played with Brown in Pittsburgh from 2013 to 2017. On Nov. 8, 2015, Jones and Brown even connected on a game-winning drive against the Raiders.  

Jones, who turns 30 on April 4, is one of four QBs on the Raiders roster. Last week, the Silver and Black signed Mike Glennon just over a week after cutting 2018 backup AJ McCarron. The Raiders say they're all-in on starter Derek Carr, but have meetings scheduled with some of the NFL draft's top quarterback prospects. 

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Still, it's worth noting that the Raiders only kept two QBs on the active roster last season. Nathan Peterman spent time on the practice squad down the stretch, and he signed a reserve-futures contract with the team in January. 

In other words, Carr figures to be the only lock to make the roster in 2019. If the Raiders draft another quarterback, it's possible the Jones/Glennon/Peterman era ends rather quickly.