Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has 247,000 Twitter followers and, given his popularity in the Bay Area, it’s assumed a significant portion stems from this region.
Carr put that megaphone to good use.
Oakland Police sent out an Amber Alert on Saturday hoping to find a young boy gone missing, and Carr retweeted that call for public assistance.
The boy was quickly found after a citizen replied on Twitter and provided information that led to the rescue.
That led an Oakland police officer to credit Carr for helping find the boy.
Carr responded to the news on social media, happy police were able to find a missing child.
ALAMEDA – Justin Ellis was out on the field during Raiders practice, but the veteran defensive tackle was still working on the side with a trainer.
He hasn’t been designated to return off injured reserve yet as expected. His recovery from a foot injury sustained in the season opener needs more time to complete. He was eligible to start practice after Week 6, but wasn’t ready then and still isn’t now.
After a player is designated to return, he can practice for 21 days before being placed on the 53-man roster. A team could also choose to end his season if he’s not deemed ready. This makes it unlikely Ellis return to game action in the next few weeks.
Ellis would help a porous Raiders run defense, but just isn’t ready yet.
The Raiders also won’t have defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, who had his practice window close without being taken off the physically unable to perform list.
The Raiders are thin at receiver as well, with Martavis Bryant and Jordy Nelson sidelined with knee injuries.
Raiders practice report
Did not practice
WR Martavis Bryant (knee)
WR Jordy Nelson (knee)
CB Gareon Conley (groin)
LB Kyle Wilber (knee)
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
LG Kelechi Osemele (knee)
CB Daryl Worley (shoulder)
RG Gabe Jackson (pectoral)
OL Jon Feliciano (ribs)
LT Kolton Miller (knee/elbow)
WR Dwayne Harris (shoulder)
RB Doug Martin (hip)
Cardinals practice report
Did not practice
S Budda Baker (knee)
K Phil Dawson (hip)
WR Larry Fitzgerald (not injury related)
S Rudy Ford (heel)
DT Rodney Gunter (not injury related)
OL DJ Humphries (knee)
OL Mike Iupati (back)
DT Robert Nkemdiche (calf)
WR Chad Williams (ankle)
LB Josh Bynes (wrist)
DT Corey Peters (heel)
OL Jeremy Vujnovich (hamstring)
ALAMEDA -- The Raiders are super thin at wide receiver.
Martavis Bryant has already been ruled out Sunday against Arizona and should miss several more weeks at least. Jordy Nelson has a bone bruise near his knee, and wasn’t able to practice on Wednesday. He hasn’t been ruled out of anything, but it seems unlikely he’ll play in the Valley of the Sun.
That puts Marcell Ateman in position to be active for the first time all season. The Raiders also promoted Saeed Blacknall from the practice squad and signed two young receivers to the prep unit.
Ateman could see some action, a moment he’s certainly looking forward to after spending most of the season on the practice squad.
“Competing against our starting defense certainly has helped me,” Ateman said. “I have continued to grind and work on my routes. I didn’t want to take a back seat just because I was on the practice squad. Coach (Jon Gruden) said I would get my opportunity sometime. That chance is finally here.”
Brandon LaFell and Seth Roberts should start at receiver against the Cardinals, with Ateman and Dwayne Harris in the mix.
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The position group has taken a severe hit with injuries and the Amari Cooper trade, generating a real depletion of talent.
Ateman is a big-body receiver who makes up for a relative lack of speed with good positioning and excellent hands. He could be a deep threat for the Raiders even though he isn’t a speed demon.
He had a strong training camp and preseason and believes he has improved over the past few months.
“I think I’m even better,” Ateman said. “I wanted to keep grinding and working and be a better version of myself.”