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Tom Hanks rants about Raiders leaving Oakland for Las Vegas

Tom Hanks rants about Raiders leaving Oakland for Las Vegas

Tom Hanks went to Skyline High School in Oakland.

He is not happy that the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas.

“When the Raiders leave, I am going on an NFL moratorium for two years," Hanks said on Monday night, according to Peter Hartlaub of The San Franicsco Chronicle. "You cannot take the Silver and Black, put them in an air-conditioned dome in the desert, make them play on artificial turf within a stone’s throw of the fountains of Caesar’s Palace, and call them the Raiders.

“Here’s the thing I don’t quite understand. And I’m not trying to -- this isn’t one of the causes I’m fighting for. I’m just thinking as a fan: It’s a billion-dollar industry, they have billion-dollar TV contracts. All the owners are billionaires. And yet when they want to build a stadium they’re going to use for 10 weeks out of the year, they expect the city taxpayers to buy the building.

“The only good thing that is going to come out of the Oakland Raiders leaving -- and there is nothing good that will come out of that, by the way -- is that the Oakland A’s might get their own ballpark.

“I must say I hate that frigging D.H. rule. I always have, ever since that bastard Charlie Finley installed it. We’re not proud of that over on the other side of the East Bay.”

The Raiders' new stadium in Las Vegas is scheduled to open in 2020.

Raiders-Dolphins injury report: Clinton McDonald may get heavy workload

Raiders-Dolphins injury report: Clinton McDonald may get heavy workload

ALAMEDA – Clinton McDonald is not on the Raiders injury report. Defensive tackle P.J. Hall is, and isn’t expected to play Sunday in Miami.

That suggests the veteran defensive tackle, signed just a week ago to fortify an ailing position group, could see steady snaps in South Florida.

He played 52 against Denver, just days after being signed off the street. He fared well considering the circumstances. He had two tackles, two quarterback pressures and graded out well against the run.

“Clinton has played in our system, so he’s familiar with what we do in our system,” defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said. “He was with me in Cincinnati, so it was a little bit easier of a transition for him going in there. He did a tremendous job on short notice, playing that many snaps.”

He could see another heavy workload on Sunday, and the Raiders need him to play well inside to function well on the defensive line. Johnathan Hankins was signed last week for a similar task, and his workload could increase after improving his football shape considering he was a free agent all preseason.

Hall missed his fifth straight practice on Thursday. Rookie offensive tackle Brandon Parker returned to full work after missing Wedensday’s practice with an ankle issue.

Nick Nelson was added to the injury report with a hamstring injury. He was limited.

Thursday’s Practice Report

RAIDERS
Did not practice

DT P.J. Hall (ankle)

Limited practice
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
RG Gabe Jackson (pectoral)
RB Marshawn Lynch (shoulder)
CB Nick Nelson (hamstring)

Full participation
OT Brandon Parker (ankle)
CB Leon Hall (illness)
WR Dwayne Harris (foot)

DOLPHINS
Did not practice

RB Frank Gore (not injury related)

Limited practice
S Reshad Jones (shoulder)
LS John Denney (shoulder)
Bobby McCain (knee)

Full participation
DT Jordan Phillips (knee)
RB Kenyan Drake (abdomen)
DE William Hayes (finger)
WR DeVante Parker (finger)
QB Ryan Tannehill (knee/ankle)
WR Danny Amendola (not injury related)

Peter King: I wouldn't have traded Khalil Mack for four first-round picks

Peter King: I wouldn't have traded Khalil Mack for four first-round picks

We probably won't stop talking about the Khalil Mack trade for a while.

With every passing week, every passing game where the Raiders struggle to get to the quarterback and every passing game where Mack dominates for the Bears, it will keep coming up. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden will keep fielding questions. The media and fans will continue to be puzzled by every aspect of the trade.

More than two weeks after writing a column in which he said the Raiders made a huge mistake trading Mack, NBC Sports' Peter King had more harse words for Gruden.

"He's like Donald Trump with the wall or Donald Trump with the Russia investigation. He can't leave it alone and he's not convincing anybody," King said Thursday on The Dan Patrick Show. "Who possibly can be convinced that Khalil Mack didn't want to be on the Raiders? That was his first one. And now how hard it is to find a pass rusher. It's almost insult to the people who listen, really. I hear him say these things, and I like Jon, but everything is a justification for trading away a franchise pass rusher in his prime, a guy over the last two years in the NFL has impacted the passing game, via Pro Football Focus, more than any rusher in the NFL. You trade him in his prime, for two 1's. I wouldn't have traded him for four 1's."

Ouch.

King wasn't done.

"We've seen him play well enough. I'm not trying to be argumentative," King said. "I'm just saying that even if he had been pedestrian the first two weeks, I still would have said it's a dumb trade. I'll say it's a dumb trade for the next three years. I just think it's a dumb trade. I never understood it. I still can't to this day."

Safe to say King and Gruden won't be having dinner together anytime soon.