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Why Raiders think Johnathan Abram injury is 'big blow to our team'

Why Raiders think Johnathan Abram injury is 'big blow to our team'

ALAMEDA – Raiders rookie safety Johnathan Abram has a magnetic personality.

That came through on HBO's “Hard Knocks,” where the first-round pick become popular for mispronouncing “salmon” and giving quarterback Derek Carr the business about his nine-figure contract.

The Raiders loved their high-intensity motor mouth, always talking trash and making big hits in the defensive backfield.

Abram was set to make major contributions in 2019, before his season was cut short by a torn rotator cuff that requires season-ending surgery. He got hurt in the first half of Monday’s victory over the Denver Broncos, but played through it and finished his first -- and final -- game this season.

The Raiders roster took the news hard. Abram's loss for this season is significant in the locker room and on the field.

“It hurts, and that sucks,” quarterback Derek Carr said Wednesday. “All he was saying leading up to the game was, ‘I’ve waited my whole life for this.’ He said, ‘Forget college, I’ve waited my whole life for this moment.’ For him to go out there and hurt it when he did, and then continue to play -- he said, ‘I just started hitting people with my other shoulder.’

“That shows you what kind of man he is. He’s a grown man. He’s a Raider. Our Raider. I’ll make sure he still feels a part of this. The hardest thing about guys on IR is that you don’t see them. We still need those guys around. He still needs to be around. I’m praying for a speedy recovery. It sucks, but we all know how this league goes. It’s next man up.”

Curtis Riley’s the next player inserted into the starting lineup, with Erik Harris available in reserve at both safety spots.

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If Abram had his druthers, he’d maintain his first-unit spot despite a debilitating shoulder injury.

“It’s a big blow to our team,” coach Jon Gruden said. “It’s a big loss, no question. … We’ll treat this as a redshirt year for him. He made some big plays that helped win a football game, and he’s a big part of our future.

“He’s everything that’s advertised. He’d probably play this week if we’d let him.”

Source: Raiders rookie Maxx Crosby fined for hit on Patrick Mahomes

Source: Raiders rookie Maxx Crosby fined for hit on Patrick Mahomes

Maxx Crosby is a little lighter in the wallet.

And for a fourth-round draft pick, that's a big deal.

The Raiders rookie was fined $21,056 by the NFL for a hit on Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes last Sunday, a source told NBC Sports California's Scott Bair.

“The (penalty) was tough," Crosby said Sunday. "I was just trying to make a play. I’m not really sure how to avoid something like that.”

Crosby jumped up in an attempt to block Mahomes' pass and fell on the reigning MVP with all his weight. The referees didn't care and called Crosby for roughing the passer.

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Considering Crosby's 2019 base salary is $495,000, a fine of $21,000 is no laughing matter for the No. 106 draft pick.

Crosby appeared on 29 of the Raiders' 68 defensive snaps against Mahomes and the Chiefs. The Eastern Michigan product recorded two total tackles.

Raiders-Vikings odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 3 game

Raiders-Vikings odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 3 game

For a team moving its operations to Nevada in the next few years, the oddsmakers are not exactly kind to the Las Vegas Oakland Raiders.

The spread in Sunday’s game is the third-largest around the league, as people seem to expect the Minnesota Vikings to roll Jon Gruden and the Raiders in Week 3.

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Line:

Caesars: MIN -8.5 (-110)
Consensus: MIN -8.5 (-111)
Westgate: MIN -8.5 (-110)
Wynn: MIN -8.5 (-110)

Here’s how NFL writers around the country see the matchup shaking out:

Paul Gutierrez, ESPN: Raiders 23, Vikings 21
Courtney Cronin, ESPN: Vikings 28, Raiders 17
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: Vikings 24, Raiders 17
Michael David Smith, ProFootballTalk: Vikings 24, Raiders 17
Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk: Vikings 27, Raiders 17
Tadd Haislop, SportingNews: Vikings 24, Raiders 17