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Injury report: Taiwan Jones returns to Raiders practice

Injury report: Taiwan Jones returns to Raiders practice

SARASOTA, Fla. – Raiders special teams standout Taiwan Jones watched Wednesday’s practice from the bleachers. On Thursday, he got back on the field.

Jones was limited in a practice conducted at the IMG Academy, a sign that he’s close to full health after missing a game with a knee injury.

The Raiders were without their best cover men in Jacksonville, with Jones and Brynden Trawick sidelined with injury. It’s possible that both are back to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Trawick has been limited in practice this week. So were rehabbing offensive linemen Menelik Watson (calf) and Vadal Alexander (ankle). The Raiders hope to have one or both of them available in Tampa Bay. Austin Howard has started the last two games at right tackle.

The Raiders brought Mario Edwards Jr. out to Florida, though he hasn’t been formally cleared to practice.

Tampa Bay is still working without running back Doug Martin, who has been sidelined with a hamstring strain.

Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
DT Stacy McGee (knee)
Limited participation: RB Taiwan Jones (knee), Vadal Alexander (ankle), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder) OT Menelik Watson (calf), WR Andre Holmes (hip)

Buccaneers participation report
Did not practice:
RB Doug Martin (hamstring)
Limited participation: DE Robert Ayers (ankle), C Joe Hawley (ankle), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), DL Gerald McCoy (calf)
 

Pro Bowl: Raiders shut out as Jared Cook and Rodney Hudson snubbed

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Pro Bowl: Raiders shut out as Jared Cook and Rodney Hudson snubbed

Jared Cook has been excellent this season. The Raiders tight end has set career highs in all major statistical categories, and ranks near the NFL’s best in catches, yards and touchdowns at his position.

The Raiders have campaigned for Cook to make his first Pro Bowl roster, with coach Jon Gruden as his biggest champion.

“If he doesn’t make the Pro Bowl,” Gruden said, “there should be an investigation.”

It’s apparently time to assign a special prosecutor. Cook was left off the original Pro Bowl roster, which was announced on Tuesday evening. Center Rodney Hudson might’ve been even more deserving – he hasn’t allowed a sack all season -- but he didn't make it, either.

Cook and Hudson would qualify as snubs on a good team, but it’s hard to fault voting fans, coaches and players for failing to recognize players on a really bad team.

Cook, Hudson and left guard Kelechi Osemele were named alternates for the annual all-star game, which will be played on Jan. 27, 2019 in Orlando, Fla.

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Both Hudson and Osemele were named to the original Pro Bowl roster the past two seasons. This wasn’t Osemele’s year, considering he has already missed five games due to injury.

Cook has never made it, and was honest about his desire to be named an all star.

Travis Kelce and Eric Ebron were named as AFC tight ends. Maurkice Pouncey and brother Mike Pouncey were named as the AFC’s centers.

It’s entirely possible that all three Raiders alternates will end up playing in the game. Players drop out of the game regularly once the season ends, and Super Bowl participants are not eligible to play since it is scheduled a week after the Pro Bowl.

Gabe Jackson heads to IR, Raiders offensive line facing injury crisis

Gabe Jackson heads to IR, Raiders offensive line facing injury crisis

The Raiders' offensive line is pretty banged up, and won’t get right before season’s end. That was guaranteed when Gabe Jackson was placed on injured reserve Tuesday afternoon with an elbow injury.

The standout right guard battled an ankle injury all year, but was felled by an elbow problem during a Week 14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He got hurt during the game but refused to come out, finishing the game-winning drive in extreme pain.

Jackson would not play again. He was questionable before Sunday’s loss in Cincinnati, but couldn’t go against the Bengals.

“Gabe Jackson is suffering from a very legitimate elbow injury and it’s hard to block people when you can’t extend your arm,” coach Jon Gruden said Monday, a day before the transaction. "We’re concerned, obviously.”

The Raiders are also concerned about left guard Kelechi Osemele’s toe, which has kept him out the last two games.

Jon Feliciano is already on IR with a calf injury, leaving the Raiders in trouble on the inside.

Denzelle Good is now the starting right guard, and will play Monday against the Denver Broncos after allowing five quarterback hurries the week prior. Chaz Green will step in again if Osemele can’t go. He struggled mightily against the Bengals, giving up three sacks to Geno Atkins.

This Raiders offensive line has fallen on hard times after not long ago being considered among the NFL's best. They now have two rookies starting at tackle, and trouble on the interior that won’t go away until the end of the season.

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Oakland also waived veteran linebacker Emmanuel Lamur. He began the year as starting strongside linebacker, but lost his job to Marquel Lee. He rarely played after that on defense or special teams.

Speedy defensive back Rico Gafford and defensive tackle Gabe Wright were promoted from the practice squad in corresponding moves.