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Raiders injury report: Trent Brown ruled out vs. Titans a big blow

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Raiders injury report: Trent Brown ruled out vs. Titans a big blow

ALAMEDA – Trent Brown has played through injury most of this season. The star Raiders right tackle missed but one game despite dealing with ankle and then knee issues since the early going, but a new ailment took him down for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

Brown can’t go due to a pectoral injury suffered in a loss to Kansas City where he didn’t miss a snap.

Head coach Jon Gruden said Brandon Parker will start this gotta-have-it AFC clash at Oakland Coliseum.

Pectoral injuries can often end an NFL players’ season – right guard Gabe Jackson played most of last season with a pectoral injury and was eventually felled by the painful ailment – but Gruden didn’t address Brown’s long-term prognosis.

“We’re going to have to update you on that later,” Gruden said. “I know he’s not playing this week. Hopefully he’s going to be ready to go, but I can’t comment any further than that.”

Make no mistake: Losing Brown is a huge deal. The massive right tackle regularly swallows pass rushers and is impactful moving forward in the run game. He can also handle business on his own, allowing the Raiders to use protection help in other areas. Now Parker might benefit from some assistance.

The switch to Parker is an obvious downgrade, though last year’s initial third-round draft pick has raw talent but has struggled especially in pass protection when pressed into a starting role last season. He believes he’s a far better player now sitting and watching Brown work.

“I’m stronger, wiser and faster pretty much,” Parker said. “I have been working and training and waiting for my number to be called. This is my time.

“I’m very excited. You don’t want to see anybody get hurt but, when it’s your number is called, you want to go out and prove yourself.”

David Sharpe stepped in during Week 7 at Green Bay, when Brown missed work with an ankle injury. Sharpe spelled him again in Week 9, when a knee injury took him out against Detroit.

Brown played the following week and every game until now.

We know Brown won’t play. It’s legitimately up in the air whether running back Josh Jacobs can go Sunday dealing with a fractured shoulder. He has played through that injury since Week 7, but hasn’t missed as much practice as he did this week. Jacobs wasn’t available Wednesday, even for a walk-through indoors, or Thursday. He was limited on Friday but wasn’t terribly active.

“He didn’t do much,” Gruden said. “He’s questionable for the game. If he can’t go, you see a lot more of DeAndre [Washington and Jalen Richard]. And we’ve got the big back [Alec] Ingold ready to carry the ball a few times.”

INJURY REPORT

RAIDERS
Out
WR Hunter Renfrow (rib)
LB Kyle Wilber (ankle)
OT Trent Brown (pectoral)

Questionable
RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder)

[RELATED: Raiders campaigning for Jacobs as ROY]

TITANS
Out
LB Daren Bates (shoulder)
WR Adam Humphries (ankle)
CB Adoree Jackson (foot)
CB LeShaun Sims (ankle)

Questionable
WR Tajae Sharpe (hamstring)

Raiders’ Senior Bowl experience was vital to excellent 2019 NFL draft

Raiders’ Senior Bowl experience was vital to excellent 2019 NFL draft

The Raiders took their entire football operation down south this time last year to coach the Senior Bowl’s North squad.

That’s a luxury afforded to terrible teams from the NFL season that just concluded, and the 4-12 Raiders certainly were one. The provided an up-close look at some of the NFL draft’s finest prospects available throughout the selection process.

The Raiders got to see how players work in practice and pay attention in meetings, with an opportunity to swap squads – the 49ers coached the South – on the practice week’s final day.

Head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock got a great evaluation of every Senior Bowl prospect.

That week in Mobile, Ala., turned out to be an information gold mine. They learned to love a lot of those prospects and capitalized on opportunities to acquire them in the NFL draft or shortly after.

The Raiders drafted four Senior Bowl participants and signed three more after the amateur selection process.

“Coaching and being there really helped us a lot,” general manager Mike Mayock said after the NFL draft. “It really is a big deal to be involved in that game.”

The Raiders certainly hope this Senior Bowl week bears fruit, albeit with a lot less access to the prospects. They’ll send a slightly smaller contingent to this important evaluation week, though the Silver and Black still will canvas this group from stands over the sidelines. Practices start Tuesday, beginning a three-day stretch that’s more important than the All-Star Game itself.

Last year’s close-up look ended up putting several participants in silver and black.

The Raiders got Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram in the first round, LSU tight end Foster Moreau and Houston cornerback Isaiah Johnson in the fourth and Clemson receiver Hunter Renfrow in the fifth. Then, they signed Wisconsin fullback Alec Ingold, Notre Dame linebacker Te’von Coney and UC Davis receiver Keelan Doss as undrafted free agents.

Everyone save Coney spent most of the year on the 53-man roster and many of them made a major impact on the 2019 Raiders.

Those guys should be an even greater part of the 2020 squad, with Abram expected to rejoin the starting lineup after he underwent season-ending shoulder after Week 1, and optimism is high after what was essentially a lost season for Johnson after he suffered a preseason facial fracture.

Renfrow developed into a major player, and even Ingold became a reliable blocker and short-yardage back. Moreau was a touchdown machine in his first season, forming a promising tight-end duo with breakout star Darren Waller.

The Raiders preferred Senior Bowl participants last year, and this practice week is something vital to pre-NFL draft evaluation. The Raiders have five selections in the top 92, broken down into two first-round picks and three more in the third down.

[RELATED: Raiders' Gruden, Mayock at East-West Shrine Bowl practice]

Last year the Raiders favored players from either championship college programs or Senior Bowl participants, with rare exceptions. There’s no telling if that’ll be the case again this year, but Senior Bowl game and practice film is a vital piece of the evaluation process.

“Everybody will tell you they look at the Senior Bowl practice tape, the Senior Bowl game film over and over and over,” Gruden said last year. “You watch the matchups over and over and over.

“I remember doing it with [late Raiders owner/GM Al Davis]. He would put the Senior Bowl on for the 44th time and I would say, ‘how many more times are we going to watch that game?’ There’s tremendous value in it. It’s a great tool and provides great matchups you would never see if you didn’t come here.”

Tom Brady says he's 'open-minded' about uncertain future with Patriots

Tom Brady says he's 'open-minded' about uncertain future with Patriots

When you think about the New England Patriots, you don't see Steve Grogan, you picture Tom Brady. Aside from six Super Bowl rings for Brady and a trophy case full of accolades and records, there could be one big difference between the two quarterbacks. 

Grogan was a late-round draft pick who spent his entire 16-year career as a Patriots QB. Brady famously was a late-round draft pick who has spent his entire 20-year career as a Pats QB. But that could change. 

With rumors swirling that Brady might move on from New England this offseason, the 42-year-old addressed his future in his weekly interview with Westwood One Sports Radio on Sunday. 

"It's only been a couple weeks and I've had a lot of time with my family the last couple weeks and just been decompressing from the season," Brady said. "I've said earlier I'm open-minded about the process, and at the same time I love playing football and I want to continue to play and do a great job. I'm looking forward to what's ahead.

"Whatever the future may bring, I'll embrace it with open arms."

Brady is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career on March 18. The Athletic's Jay Glazer recently called the Raiders going after Brady with their move to Las Vegas a "no-brainer." And Brady was spotted in Sin City on Saturday night talking to none other than Raiders owner Mark Davis at UFC 246. 

The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Adam Hill spoke with UFC president Dana White -- who's a friend of Brady -- Saturday night after the fights, and White said a Raiders-Brady pairing absolutely "has legs." 

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is set to make $18.9 million next season, but the Raiders would save $16.5 million and take a cap hit of just $5 million if they trade or release Carr prior to June 1. 

[RELATED: Brady offers Jimmy G advice before NFC Championship Game]

Brady wouldn't come cheap, even at his age, though he certainly would create an insane amount of buzz and sell boatloads of tickets in the Silver and Black's first season in Las Vegas. Raider fans might also finally have reason to forget about the Tuck Rule, 18 years after the fact. 

Buckle up, things could get interesting. This is Las Vegas, after all.