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Raiders injury report: Lamarcus Joyner 'questionable at best' vs. Bengals

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Raiders injury report: Lamarcus Joyner 'questionable at best' vs. Bengals

ALAMEDA – The Raiders emerged from their miniature bye week with nearly a full squad. That doesn’t mean they came out of Thursday night’s victory over the L.A. Chargers healthy, though. 

Not by a long shot.

Starting strong safety Karl Joseph was placed on injured reserve Friday, a brutal loss for an opportunistic unit.

He won’t return again this season. Slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner might at some point, but it isn’t expected right away. The starting slot cornerback and defensive mainstay missed Wednesday’s practice with a hamstring injury that could keep him out for a little bit.

It seems highly unlikely he’ll be able to play Sunday against Cincinnati at the Coliseum, a point solidified by Raiders head coach Jon Gruden.

He said Joyner is “questionable at best” for Week 11, making it highly likely we’ll see Nevin Lawson in the slot with Daryl Worley as a Plan B. That also means we may see more three linebacker sets, considering Joyner often would remain on the field during some running downs where the offensive formation wasn’t particularly heavy.

The rest of the 53-man roster was working. That included defensive end Josh Mauro, who missed Thursday’s game with a groin strain. He was limited alongside four others.

That list includes center Rodney Hudson and right tackle Trent Brown, though both guys should go against the Bengals. Running back Josh Jacobs and reserve offensive tackle David Sharpe also were limited to some degree in a Wednesday workout that is more of a walk-through in the current Raiders practice schedule.

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Here’s the full Raiders participation report:

Raiders practice report

WEDNESDAY
Did not practice
CB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring)

Limited practice
RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder)
OT Trent Brown (knee)
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
DE Josh Mauro (groin)
OT David Sharpe (calf)

Full practice
WR Dwayne Harris (foot)
LB Tahir Whitehead (shoulder)

Raiders injury report: Defensive end thin with Arden Key, Josh Mauro out

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Raiders injury report: Defensive end thin with Arden Key, Josh Mauro out

The Raiders are low on defensive linemen. Arden Key (foot) and Josh Mauro (groin) were ruled out of Thursday’s game against the L.A. Chargers on the team’s official injury report, Key will be out a lot longer than that leaving just three healthy defensive ends.

The Silver and Black could roll with that trio, seeing Ferrell and Crosby playing most snaps with Mayowa in relief, or call up Kendall Donnerson from the practice squad.

A heavy rotation’s typically employed along the defensive front, though that would be lessened in this instance if the Raiders stand pat against the Chargers. Mayowa has been efficient as a situation pass rusher, while Ferrell and Crosby have had some moments against the run and pass. Losing Mauro hurts the run defense especially, and the Raiders

We know the defensive line is down some key numbers. The Raiders certainly hope the offensive line isn’t in a similar spot with Rodney Hudson and Trent Brown are formally questionable for this game.

Hudson wasn’t close to returning this week, though it’s uncertain whether he can play the Chargers or could use the extended downtime to best prepare for the home stretch. Trent Brown hurt his knee Sunday against Detroit and was done after a brief return to action where he wasn’t himself. An MRI showed no significant damage, and Brown was able to participate in Tuesday’s walkthrough.

Andre James struggled some in his first start at center. David Sharpe held his own on the right, but Brown is needed with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram looming off the edges.

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Here’s the injury report for Thursday night’s game.

INJURY REPORT

RAIDERS
Out
DE Josh Mauro (groin)
DE Arden Key (foot)

Questionable
WR Dwayne Harris (ankle)
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
RT Trent Brown (knee)

CHARGERS
Out
DT Cortez Broughton (illness)
DT Justin Jones (shoulder)

Doubtful
WR Geremy Davis (hamstring)
RB Justin Jackson (calf)
S Roderic Teamer (groin)

Questionable
LB Denzel Perryman (knee)
OT Sam Tevi (knee)
NT Brandon Mebane (knee)

 

Raiders defense preaches accountability after terrible Week 3 showing

Raiders defense preaches accountability after terrible Week 3 showing

MINNEAPOLIS – The Raiders entered Sunday’s game in Minnesota as the NFL’s fifth-ranked run defense. They’re going to fall far down the list after coming face-to-face with Dalvin Cook.

The explosive running back had 116 yards and a touchdown on just 10 carries, the featured piece of a Vikings attack that churned out 211 yards on the ground. The Vikings were so comfortable with a massive lead and an efficient run game that they didn't attempt a pass in the fourth quarter of a 34-14 blowout win at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Raiders only forced two punts. They never took the ball away and couldn’t sack Kirk Cousins.

Defensive leaders took the performance personally. They weren’t downtrodden after a rough showing. They were pissed, and vowed to take immediate action to fix it.

Even if it means some uncomfortable conversations are on the way. Some guys may get called on the carpet this week, with everyone being held accountable for their play.

“It has to be addressed,” defensive end Josh Mauro said. “If it’s uncomfortable, it doesn’t matter because sometimes change is going to be hard. There are a lot of guys who have a lot of pride and put in a lot of work, so feeling comfortable losing like that is unacceptable.”

Mauro and linebacker Tahir Whitehead huddled up after the disappointing loss and discussed that very fact, that this type of performance simply won’t stand. The Raiders believe they’re far better than they showed on Sunday, and won’t tolerate a repeat of what happened here.

“This is something you can’t just move on from,” Whitehead said. “It’s a long road ahead. If we don’t get this corrected, then it is going to be a long season. We need to hold each other accountable and make sure nobody is comfortable after this loss because there is a lot of things that need to be fixed.”

The Raiders weren’t good during a 4-12 season where losing was all too common. Expectations are heightened with an influx of talent through the draft and free agency, and giving up 34 points while getting beat on execution (and a few costly penalties) won’t be tolerated.

“We experienced a long season last year,” Whitehead said. “I am not trying to go through the same thing, and many others on this team will say the same thing. The only way you fix it is by digging deeper. You can’t start pointing fingers because it is a long season. We need to start coming together even tighter, especially being on the road the next few weeks.”

This is the first of five games played away from Oakland. They face Indianapolis next week and head to London immediately for a home game against Chicago. Then comes a bye week followed by game at Green Bay and then Houston.

They’ll go 0-5 during this season-defining stretch if the defense repeats this performance. The veterans understand more is required to get back in the win column.

“Guys are just trying to do too much,” Whitehead said. “This creates gaps in the defense and that’s when big plays happen. We have to get back to the drawing board and make those corrections to move forward. You can’t go out there and keep making the same mistakes over and over again. In this league, you can’t win games when you allow big plays. We need to make sure we are just doing our job.”

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Coaches can demand more and hold feet to the fire, but the message also needs to come from inside the locker room.

“It starts with the players,” Mauro said. “The good teams are able to hold each other accountable. We are going to come back and execute a lot better next week.”