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Injury report: Raiders RB Murray ruled out vs Chiefs

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Injury report: Raiders RB Murray ruled out vs Chiefs

ALAMEDA – The Raiders will play another game without Latavius Murray. The running back was ruled out of Sunday’s game against Kansas City with a bout of turf toe that will sideline him for two full weeks.

The Raiders will go with a rotation used in last week’s victory over San Diego, featuring rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard and fullback Jamize Olawale.

The young tailbacks should do most of the work, but Olawale is productive in short-yardage situations and has sneaky speed in the open field.

“Murray is a big part of our offense, but we have to step up and make plays while he’s out,” Olawale said. “We have to continue to do what we’ve been doing all season.”

Washington and Richard are diverse talents, which the Raiders have taken advantage of on offense and special teams.

“Just they have so much on their plate,” offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said. “They’re young guys. Fifth game of their career and they have to contribute on special teams and be ready to go run the punt team, cover kicks, catch punts, catch kicks and then know everything that we’re doing on offense. Very impressed.”

The Raiders will go with a different starter at right tackle. Austin Howard is back to full health after dealing with an ankle injury, and his presence should help the run game and in pass protection. Rookie Vadal Alexander filled in well the last two weeks, but is now out with an ankle injury. Menelik Watson will miss his third straight game with a groin issue.

Tight end Clive Walford and linebacker Malcolm Smith are questionable to play Sunday.

The Chiefs are shockingly healthy, even coming off a bye. Everyone on their 53-man roster should be available for this game.

Chiefs Injury Report

NOTE: The Chiefs don’t have a single player listed as out or questionable heading into Sunday’s game. OLB Tamba Hali (knee), LB Sio Moore (illness), RB Knile Davis (concussion), CB Phillip Gaines (knee), OL Jah Reid (knee), Charcandrick West (ankle) did not receive an injury designation, meaning they will play.

Raiders Injury Report
Out

OT Menelik Watson, RB Latavius Murray (toe), OL Vadal Alexander (ankle)
Questionable
S Nate Allen (quadriceps) RB Taiwan Jones, (knee) OT Matt McCants (knee), LB Malcolm Smith (quadriceps), TE Clive Walford (knee), S Nate Allen (quadriceps), OL Jon Feliciano (calf)

Irvin becomes Key role model for Raiders rookie, ‘I see a lot of myself in Arden’

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Irvin becomes Key role model for Raiders rookie, ‘I see a lot of myself in Arden’

Arden Key was a first-round talent coming out of LSU. That seemed clear cut. The dynamic edge rusher could flat get after the quarterback, but character concerns were expected to drive him down the NFL Draft board. Key got in some trouble growing up in the Atlanta area and had some issues in college that could scare teams away.

People were saying the same thing about Bruce Irvin in 2012. Ultimately, he didn’t take a tumble. The Seattle Seahawks took a chance with the No. 15 overall pick and kept Irvin from falling.

Key had a different experience, dropping to No. 89 where the Raiders picked him up.

It might’ve been the best thing for him. Key has a meaningful role on the team, and a mentor in waiting. That last part became clear quickly, when Irvin said nice things about him on NFL Network, welcomed him shortly after the draft and passed along his cell phone number during rookie minicamp.

Irvin wasn’t going to let this kid get lost in the NFL experience. The veteran edge rusher wanted to make Key’s road smoother than it was for him, to be a resource and mentor to this young talent.

“I just see a lot of myself in Arden,” Irvin said on The Raiders Insider Podcast. “When he was coming out, he had red flags. People were scared to take a chance on him, but he was a first-round guy. You can’t sit back and tell me that all the edge rushers drafted before him are better. I put Arden up there with the best of them.”

Key also held Irvin in high esteem. They both come from greater Atlanta, growing up in undesirable areas. Irvin was an example of someone who was down for the count but got up and made something great.

“It also helps that we’re from the same area,” Key said in an interview also featured on The Raiders Insider Podcast. “I’ve been hearing stories about him since I was younger. I was already looking up to him way be back then.”

Irvin has become a role model to many these days. He went back to school and got his college degree from West Virginia this summer. He has become active with several East Bay charitable endeavors and has raised money for the Atlanta Children’s Shelter. He was also named the Raiders’ Walter Payton Man of the Year last season.

Irvin considers it his calling to stand as an example that you can reach great heights after dealing with great adversity.

While their experiences are different, Irvin and Key have been through their fair share. Key was suspended in high school and briefly in college, reportedly stepping away from the Tigers program for a rehab stint. Irvin got himself in trouble growing up, and dealt with a four-game suspension his second year in Seattle.

Irvin came out on the other side of rough spells, which is why the rookie’s trying to follow in No. 51’s footsteps.

“He’s been great with on-field stuff, and off-field stuff, too,” Key said. “There’s a lot of stuff that he did that I did when I was younger. If he tells me something, it’s meaningful because he has been where I’ve been, and right now he’s at the place I’m trying to go.”

Irvin wants to help get him there. That will benefit the Raiders, their pass rush and the player himself. Key has drawn rave reviews for his practice prowess – though he hasn’t played a professional game yet – and commitment to his craft.

“I just try to stay on him because we need him. You and I both know we’ve been lacking in the sack totals. Arden and those younger (defensive linemen), we need them. It’s his responsibility to work here on the field, but also to represent himself outside this building as a pro, as a Raider.

“He has a lot of people depending on him, and I tell him that. You can’t be out here partying and acting crazy when you have 60 guys depending on you. We need him. He’s doing a great job, and I have no doubt he’s going to keep his nose clean. He’s going to be a great player in this league.”

Jon Gruden disappointed by Khalil Mack's absence, Raiders not distracted

Jon Gruden disappointed by Khalil Mack's absence, Raiders not distracted

The Raiders spent three calendar weeks training in wine country. Khalil Mack wasn’t there a single second.

The Raiders edge rusher is withholding services waiting for a massive, long-term contract extension. He doesn’t have one. Not yet, anyway.

That’ why he wasn’t in Napa when veterans reported July 26 and wasn’t there Thursday when camp formally closed.

Mack’s hold out has captured nationally on sports talk on several mediums – they just love the drama – but Gruden insists Mack’s absence been a distraction. But…

“It has obviously, for me, been disappointing,” Gruden said Wednesday. “You want to have your best player here. This guy is really a great guy, too. I’m disappointed we don’t have him here.

“We’re going to try to get him here as soon as we can. In the time being, you got to move on. You’ve got to get up and go to work. That’s one thing I’m very proud of what we’ve done here.”

The Raiders hope Mack reports soon, and nothing has changed regarding their desire to sign him to a long-term contract extension they know won’t be cheap. A pact, however, is not close. 

But, no, the Raiders don’t currently have plans to trade Mack.

Mack’s an elite edge rusher, excellent against the run, remains in impeccable and never, ever gets in trouble. He’s the type of player teams want to pay, especially those ready to enter a new market.

The Raiders understand that and want Mack with the team posthaste.

"Mack's the best player coming off the edge in football. That's our opinion,” Gruden said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL radio. "We're determined to find a way to get him in here, get him a contract, and get on with life.

“This is a negotiation. Joel Segal is Khalil’s agent. They’ve got their plan. General manager Reggie McKenzie and the people negotiating on our end have a plan. I’m coaching the team. At this time, he’s not here, and we have to focus on what we can control, and that’s just working.”

Mack is currently under contract, set to make $13,846 million on a fifth-year team option of his rookie contract applicable only to first-round picks.