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Injury report: Malcolm Smith's absence puts strain on Raiders LBs

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Injury report: Malcolm Smith's absence puts strain on Raiders LBs

ALAMEDA – The Raiders have some injury issues building this week as they head toward Sunday’s home game against San Diego.

They’ll have to press on without tight end Lee Smith, who was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

It also seems increasingly likely they’ll be without linebacker Malcolm Smith, someone who has played nearly every defensive snap since signing here before the 2015 season.

He suffered a groin strain late in the third quarter of Sunday’s victory at Baltimore. He has not practiced or played since. That includes Thursday’s non-padded practice, his second missed session this week.

Playing without him would be a significant blow. The Raiders placed Ben Heeney on injured reserve Tuesday with an ankle injury also suffered playing defense against Baltimore.

Cory James will start at middle linebacker, but options next to him aren’t great. Daren Bates stepped in for Heeney, but is a career special teams player. Veteran Perry Riley is certainly a capable player, though he has only been a Raider since Tuesday.

“Perry’s smart, he’s a veteran. He knows what he’s doing,” defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said. “He looks the way a linebacker’s supposed to look. He still runs very well, he’s going to help us.”

If the Raiders roster remains as currently constructed, the interior linebacker spot would be three men deep even Malcolm Smith can’t go.

Top running back Latavius Murray also missed a second day’s work with a toe injury that is reportedly turf toe – caused by strained ligaments around the big toe – but the Raiders and Murray still hope he can play. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said the team is trying to build shoes that could help alleviate pain and play against the Chargers.

Tight end Clive Walford returned to practice in a limited capacity after missing Wednesday’s practice with a knee injury.

Right tackle Austin Howard was limited a second straight day. It’s likely Vadal Alexander will start a second straight game.

Chargers participation report
Did not practice: S Jahleel Addae (collarbone), LB Nick Dzubnar (knee), CB Brandon Flowers (concussion), CB Jason Verrett (knee), LB Denzel Perryman (shoulder)
Limited practice: OT Joe Barksdale (foot), OT King Dunlap (illness), TE Antonio Gates (hamstring), CB Craig Mager (shoulder)
Full participation: DL Joey Bosa (hamstring), OL Orlando Franklin (knee), OT Chris Hairston (groin), LB Joshua Perry (knee)

Raiders participation report
Did not practice: S Nate Allen (quad), Latavius Murray (toe), LB Malcolm Smith (quad), OT Menelik Watson (calf)
Limited participation: OT Austin Howard (ankle), RB Taiwan Jones (knee), OT Matt McCants (knee), TE Clive Walford (knee)

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.