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Injury report: Joseph remains out of Raiders practice, Cooper limited

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Injury report: Joseph remains out of Raiders practice, Cooper limited

ALAMEDA – Karl Joseph’s toe injury might take some time to heal. The first-round Raiders rookie missed Wednesday’s padded practice, and hasn’t performed football activities since injuring his toe in a Dec. 4 victory over Buffalo.

Head coach Jack Del Rio hasn’t provided updates on Joseph's ailment or offered a timetable for his return.

Nate Allen played every defensive snap at strong safety against Kansas City, and is fully capable of doing so again Sunday at San Diego is asked.

The Raiders are also missing edge rusher Shilique Calhoun (knee) and defensive tackle Stacy McGee (ankle). Both players have been out a few weeks.

Receiver Amari Cooper was a new addition to the injury report. He was limited with a shoulder injury.

Rookie defensive tackle Darius Latham was back at practice in a limited capacity. He hasn’t played since a Nov 27 win over Carolina.

The Raiders could use him back, especially with it remaining uncertain when Mario Edwards Jr. will be activated off injured reserve.

Kelechi Osemele missed the Chiefs game battling kidney stones, but was back at practice on Wednesday. He remains limited with a knee sprain.

Quarterback Derek Carr popped up on the injury report with his right pinky issues, though he was a full participant and should be so the rest of the week.

ESPN reports that Chargers running back Melvin Gordon won’t play on Sunday with hip and knee injuries. Defensive lineman Joey Bosa was a full participant after suffering a neck strain in San Diego’s previous game.

Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), S Karl Joseph (toe), DT Stacy McGee (ankle)
Limited participation: WR Amari Cooper (shoulder), WR Michael Crabtree (finger), DT Darius Latham (ankle), OL Kelechi Osemele (knee), LB Perry Riley (hamstring), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring)
Full participation: QB Derek Carr (right finger)

Chargers participation report
Did not practice:
WR Jeremy Butler (ankle), OL Orlando Franklin (ribs), RB Melvin Gordon (hip/knee), CB Craig Mager (shoulder)
Full participation: DL Joey Bosa (neck), OLB Jatavis Brown (knee), D Dwight Lowery (hand), S Dexter McCoil (ankle), WR Tyrell Williams (shoulder)

Ice Cube calls Raiders' winless start after Khalil Mack trade 'Football 101'

Ice Cube calls Raiders' winless start after Khalil Mack trade 'Football 101'

Sunday wasn't a good day for the Raiders and superfan Ice Cube.

Amidst reports of a divided Raiders front office, the rapper watched his team fall to 0-3 after the Silver and Black blew another fourth-quarter lead. 

To make matters worse for Cube and the rest of Raider Nation, Khalil Mack kept doing Khalil Mack things for his new team.

Mack forced Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford to fumble early in the fourth quarter, and the Bears kicked a go-ahead field goal on the ensuing drive. 

The Bears held on, improved to 2-1 and took sole possession of first place in the NFC North. 

The Raiders, meanwhile, still are searching for their first win of the Second Jon Gruden Era. Minutes before the Bears kicked off in the desert, Ice Cube gave his diagnosis of what ails the winless Raiders.

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Raiders report card: Grades on offense, defense in 28-20 loss to Dolphins

Raiders report card: Grades on offense, defense in 28-20 loss to Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The Raiders were far better than the Miami Dolphins for three quarters Sunday.

They picked the wrong time to lose control.

The Silver and Black let another halftime lead slip away in the fourth quarter, coughing up a 28-20 decision at Hard Rock Stadium. They fell to 0-3 after losing a game they should’ve won, yet they remain steadfast in their belief they can turn around their season.

They weren’t able to do so in this one, and remain winless on the year.

Here’s a look at this week’s grades by unit:

Rushing offense

Marshawn Lynch churned out steady yards, finishing with 64, and Doug Martin impressed for the first time all season (43 yards on nine carries). The Raiders' run game was going strong throughout this game and certainly wasn’t responsible for the poor result.

It could’ve turned the tides, however. Keith Smith failed to score from a half-yard out on a crucial fourth down -- maybe just hand it to Lynch there -- that forced a turnover on downs and took seven points off the Raiders' tally. That hurt.

Grade: C

Passing offense

Derek Carr threw for 345 yards, but he'd certainly like to have two throws back. His first interception came when Amari Cooper thought the play was over and he stopped running his route. Carr's second pick came on a throw that was a bit short, allowing Xavien Howard to snatch it in the end zone. That’s a killer.

Jordy Nelson woke up and had a big game (six catches for 173 yards and one touchdown), though Cooper went underground after a big game last week. The Raiders didn’t score enough, which takes away all the good done driving down the field. And critical mistakes ultimately proved costly.

Grade:C-minus

Rushing defense

The Dolphins' ground game was bottled up nice and tight. They averaged just 2.9 yards per carry -- far lower than Frank Gore and Kenyon Drake normally go. That was a plus, especially considering how thin Oakland is along the defensive front.

Grade: B-plus

Pass defense

Ryan Tannehill had a near-perfect passer rating, with 289 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Ryan Freakin' Tannehill. That’s a sign things went wrong for a virtually nonexistent pass rush and a secondary that could corral a less-than-dynamic receiver corps. Even wide receiver Albert Wilson got in on the act, taking an end-around hand-off before launching a 52-yard touchdown pass to Jakeem Grant.

Raiders cornerbacks were beat too often, and safeties took poor angles to the ball and increased gains. And, when they absolutely had to get a stop, they were fooled by a trick play where Wilson’s TD pass gave Miami a lead it didn't relinquish.

Grade: D-minus

Special teams

Johnny Townsend struggled in this one. He averaged just 37.3 net yards punting, and gave up valuable field position by not booming a kick from the back of his end zone. The return didn’t provide much.

Mike Nugent was fine, hitting two field goals and two extra points, and the coverage teams were just OK.

Grade: D-minus

Overall

The Raiders are 0-3. Winless despite having three halftime leads. That’s unacceptable by any standard.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden and offensive coordinator Paul Guenther came up with another good game plan, but they couldn’t find a way to bring it home. Execution waned down the stretch, and the Raiders lost another game they should have won.

Grade: F

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