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)

Andy Isabella has memorable first encounter with Jon Gruden at Senior Bowl


Andy Isabella has memorable first encounter with Jon Gruden at Senior Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. -- Raiders coach Jon Gruden leaves a strong impression on most people, and Andy Isabella’s first run-in with his Senior Bowl coach is something he will never forget. 

“He’s a funny guy,” Isabella said of Gruden. “The first time I met him I was taking the elevator down to practice. It stops, and he walks in. So it’s just me and him in the elevator. So, I was like ‘Oh crap.’ That was the first time I met him.” 

Isabella, a 5-foot-8 wide receiver from University of Massachusetts was pleasantly surprised. He wasn’t expecting Gruden to know who he was. 

“It was cool,” Isabella said. “He knew exactly who I was, and I knew who he was, obviously, so it was kind of cool just getting to meet him. Just working with him is awesome. Fun guy, lots of energy, always positive. He gets you going for sure.” 

Isabella’s college stats are impressive to say the least. He recorded 102 receptions for 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns in his senior season. In the team’s final game against Georgia, Isabella caught 15 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns. 

Isabella broke the 1,000-yard mark in his junior season as well, recording 65 receptions for 1,020 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

The Raiders are overhauling their wide receiver group and could use a player like Isabella on the roster. Jordy Nelson is the lone notable receiver on the roster headed into 2019. 

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Isabella has versatility. He played in the slot in his sophomore year, and then more on the outside in his final two seasons. He did report that Gruden and his staff put him primarily in the slot for the first two days of practice. 

The only thing going against Isabella is his size. At 5-foot-8, he is probably limited to being a slot receiver, even though he has the speed to run outside. He claimed at Senior Bowl media day to have run a 4.26 hand-timed 40-yard dash. He is also known as a very skilled route runner. 

Isabella is projected to go in the latter part of the draft between rounds 4-6.

Derek Carr rips First Take hosts in Twitter rant, challenges them to fight

Derek Carr rips First Take hosts in Twitter rant, challenges them to fight

Derek Carr has been busy on Twitter the last few days, and he turned his attention to the hosts of ESPN's First Take on Wednesday afternoon.

We'll let Carr's tweets speak for themselves. Here are a series of tweets directed at Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman:

Yes, that is Carr tweeting at UFC owner Dana White asking him to set up a fight in an octagon.

Where did this outburst come from? It's stems from Kellerman's comments regarding Jon Gruden's praise of NFL draft prospect Kyler Murray.

Kellerman had this to say when addressing what Gruden said:

"You can see where quarterbacks don't want it, and Carr didn't want it. And I think Gruden knows they have to move on. The question is, can they get anything for him? Is he a placeholder until they find the next guy? How long will it take to develop the next guy? And Kyler Murray, if you can grab him in the draft, hell yeah."

So you can see why Carr is so angry. Kellerman is questioning Carr's desire.

This isn't the first time Kellerman has taken a shot at Carr. Back in October, after a report surfaced that Carr had lost the support of his teammates because of how he reacts to injuries, Kellerman said he had lost confidence in Carr.

"Under pressure, he doesn't perform well," Kellerman said.

Anyway, we'd pay good money to see Carr get into the octagon with Kellerman. Let's hope White can set that up.