Raiders-Chargers injury report: Unhealthy air quality shrouds preparation

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Raiders-Chargers injury report: Unhealthy air quality shrouds preparation

ALAMEDA – The Raiders’ participation report didn’t change from Wednesday’s practice to Thursday’s session.

The environment surely did.

Thick smoke the Camp Fire, located in Butte County near Chico, reached the Bay Area on Thursday and clouded the Raiders’ afternoon practice., run by the Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality division, reported unhealthy air quality in Alameda due to smoke and particles in the air.

The EPA recommends healthy adults reduce strenuous activities and shorten the amount of time outdoors. That wasn’t possible for the Raiders, who had to work through poor air quality while preparing for Sunday’s home game against the L.A. Chargers.

While Thursday’s practice was conducted in less-than-ideal air quality, it should clear up by Sunday’s game. The EPA forecasts far better air quality at kickoff, where at this time it isn’t believed to be a concern.

Raiders offensive linemen Kolton Miller and Kelechi Osemele were limited in practice for a second straight day, and are expected to play the Chargers on Sunday.

The Raiders dealt with poor air quality last season. They trimmed some practice time off preparation for an Oct. 15, 2017 home game against, coincidentally, the Chargers. There was greater concern about air quality due to the proximity and severity of the fires raging through the North Bay at the time, but the game was played as scheduled.

Raiders practice report

Limited practice
OL Jon Feliciano (ribs)
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
LT Kolton Miller (knee/elbow)
LG Kelechi Osemele (knee)
CB Daryl Worley (shoulder)
WR Dwayne Harris (shoulder)
RB Doug Martin (hip)

Full practice
RG Gabe Jackson (pectoral)
S Karl Joseph (groin)

Chargers practice report

Did not practice
DE Joey Bosa (foot)
CB Trevor Williams (knee)

Limited practice
DR Christopher Landrum (hip)
DT Darius Philon (ankle)

Raiders vs. Cardinals live stream: Watch 2018 NFL Week 11 game online


Raiders vs. Cardinals live stream: Watch 2018 NFL Week 11 game online

The Raiders have had to make changes all week due to poor air quality in the Bay Area. What effect that has will be determined soon when they play the Cardinals Sunday in Arizona. 

Is this the week the Raiders get their second win of the season? How much will the absences of Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant hurt the offense? Can Derek Carr out-play rookie Josh Rosen?

We're about to find out.

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Raiders' Week 11 prep still impacted by poor air quality from Camp Fire


Raiders' Week 11 prep still impacted by poor air quality from Camp Fire

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders downgraded their practice to a walk-through for the second consecutive day because of poor air quality, again moving off-site to work indoors at a local sports complex.

While anyone in Silver and Black is careful to point out that inconveniences brought about by thick smoke in the Bay Area are inconsequential to the lives, homes and other property lost in the Camp Fire itself, the Raiders are at a disadvantage while preparing for Sunday’s road game against the Arizona Cardinals. 

They haven’t conducted a full-speed practice since Wednesday, and even that was conducted in poor air quality. Conditions have worsened dramatically over the past few days, with unhealthy conditions for even normal, healthy adults.

Had a home game been scheduled for Sunday, the NFL surely would’ve moved it to another location. The Environmental Protection Agency gave air quality an unhealthy score of 159 before the previous game against the Los Angeles Chargers. The EPA’s air quality score in Oakland was 256.

Smoky air drove the Raiders indoors, where they got in reps but none at full speed. They don’t have the space or quality surface to do real football work, but the Raiders are making do.

“We’re practicing in an indoor ice rink that was [converted] to a soccer field,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “We didn’t have much room to get the splits and get the routes run. We’re not going to make any excuses. We’re not the only people dealing with adversity right now.”

That last part is true, but this week’s prep wasn’t complete, and it could impact their ability to earn the season’s second win against a beatable opponent.

“The practices have impacted us. You need to see things at speed to generate timing," Gruden said. "Switching stunts in a walk-through in an indoor facility is one thing, in a controlled fashion. Switching them on a practice field at full speed is another. Timing out routes, seeing it at speed. That’s why you see a lot of indoor facilities around the league. It gets bad outside, they go inside. Fortunately for us, we were able to find a place to get some work in.”