Carter having fun despite Raiders rough season

Carter having fun despite Raiders rough season

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Though the Oakland Raiders were long ago eliminated from playoff contention, Andre Carter is relishing the final few weeks of the season as if it were a championship run.

Just over a year after sustaining a quadriceps injury that could have ended his career, the defensive end thinks he's almost all the way back to the form that earned him his first Pro Bowl selection in 2011.

``I'm pretty close,'' Carter said Friday. ``As a player you always have to be honest with yourself and say, `OK, maybe I can still contribute, but not on a high level.' I still like I can play at a high level. I still feel like I can be a productive player.''

Carter had a sack and three quarterback hurries in the Raiders' 15-0 victory over Kansas City last week, and has played 70 snaps over the past two games.

His overall numbers (25 tackles, two sacks in 10 games) aren't on the elite level. However, over the past month, Carter been one of the Raiders' most productive defensive linemen while nudging out starter Matt Shaughnessy for playing time.

What Carter doesn't have is a contract for next season.

The seventh overall pick in 2001, who enters Sunday's game at Carolina eighth among active players with 78 career sacks, is one of 21 players on Oakland's roster scheduled to become free agents next season.

What the market will be for an aging defensive lineman coming off a major injury is uncertain, especially for one who turns 34 next May.

Not that Carter seems too concerned about it. At this stage in his career, simply being back on the field and playing is enough.

``I tell everybody, I count my blessings every day especially with this type of injury,'' Carter said. ``Some guys would probably hang it up. I came across guys that just pushed through, and I knew I could overcome it.''

It wasn't easy.

The torn quadriceps muscle he sustained against Denver on Dec. 18, 2011, required eight months of immobilization followed by extensive rehab.

Carter spoke with a few teams while out of football but remained unemployed until signing with the Raiders on Sept. 27.

Since then, he's provided much-needed leadership on a defensive line that has been without its best player (defensive tackle Richard Seymour) for the past six weeks. Seymour will miss a seventh consecutive game this week due to a lingering hamstring injury.

``You can't say enough about Andre,'' said Oakland defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, who was an assistant with San Francisco during Carter's five seasons with the 49ers from 2001-05. ``Even when he was a rookie he was the ultimate pro because you told him something, he took it in, applied it, tried it and then came back and gave you feedback. That experience he brings in there ... another voice to help your guys, that's all he cares about is winning.''

That's not happened much this season for the Raiders.

Oakland (4-10) is attempting to win consecutive games for only the second time this season. To do that, Carter and his colleagues on the defensive line will have to contain Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.

Newton is easily the most elusive quarterback the Raiders have faced this season. He has been sacked 33 times this season - eighth most in the NFL - but needs only 53 rushing yards to break the 700-yard mark for the second straight year.

As good as Newton has been this season, Carter hopes his teammates don't get too careful trying to contain Carolina's speedy quarterback who has been at his best when scrambling away from pressure.

``Those types of quarterbacks are dangerous,'' Carter said. ``At the same time you can't be tentative and not do your job. It's very important to be disciplined and communicate. If you do those things then you'll be successful.''

Notes: Safety Tyvon Branch practiced for the first time this week but is questionable after being limited. ... CB Phillip Adams will return punts against the Panthers after splitting the duties with WR Denarius Moore last week. Adams suffered a concussion in that game but was cleared by doctors earlier this week.

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Trent Williams shares video of dog after reported fight that killed neighbor's dog

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Trent Williams shares video of dog after reported fight that killed neighbor's dog

One of Trent Williams’ dogs involved in a fight with his neighbor’s dog received stitches on several deep cuts after the incident, according to a video shared by Williams on Twitter.

Redskins running back Derrius Guice posted a video of Williams' pitbull on Twitter. Williams quote- tweeted it on his account, echoing Guice’s statement with shouting emojis.

Warning: The video, which is linked here, is graphic and may be disturbing to some readers. 

The fight, which occurred in Missouri City, Texas, resulted in the death of the neighbor’s dog, Sandy. Williams' neighbors told local TV station ABC 13 that the dogs at his house are a menace to the neighborhood. "We've been here three years, and I'll definitely tell you my family and I feel like prisoners in our own neighborhood," said neighbor Cecelia Hernandez.

Williams defended his pets, telling ABC 13 that Sandy sent the dog she attacked to the veterinarian’s office fighting for its life. The procedures cost about $5,000 in medical bills.

Local police and animal control are no longer investigating the incident. Neither Williams nor his neighbors were charged.


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Redskins vs. Eagles Week 15 Inactives: Scherff, Dunbar ruled out

Redskins vs. Eagles Week 15 Inactives: Scherff, Dunbar ruled out

When the Redskins host the Eagles on Sunday, both teams will be without multiple starters at the wide receiver position.

Redskins wide receiver Trey Quinn will miss his second straight contest with a concussion. The Redskins will roll out a trio of rookie wide receivers -- Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon, and Steven Sims -- as the team placed veteran Paul Richardson on injured reserve this week.

Philadelphia will be without their top three wide receivers -- Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, and Nelson Agholor -- in Week 15. Agholor will be inactive. Jeffery was placed on IR earlier this week, and Jackson has been on IR since early November. Jackson only appeared in three contests this season in his second stint in Philadelphia, but he torched the Redskins for 154 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1.

Ryan Kerrigan, who's been Washington's Ironman since entering the NFL in 2011, will miss the remainder of the season with a calf injury he suffered last week in Green Bay. The team placed him on injured reserve earlier this week, too.

Cornerback Quinton Dunbar has been Washington's best defender this season, but was forced to leave last week's contest early with a hamstring injury. He didn't practice all week and is inactive against Philadelphia.

Redskins guard Brandon Scherff will also miss Sunday's contest. He was questionable with an elbow and shoulder injury and only practiced on a limited basis this week.

Philadelphia will also be without their All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson, who is out with an ankle injury.

Here are the full inactives.

Redskins vs. Eagles Week 15 Inactives

Redskins Inactives:

QB Colt McCoy
OG Brandon Scherff
WR Trey Quinn
TE Caleb Wilson
OL Ross Pierschbacher
CB Quinton Dunbar
LB Josh Harvey-Clemons

Eagles Inactives:

QB Nate Sudfeld
WR Nelson Agholor
RB Jordan Howard
OT Lane Johnson
DE Shareef Miller
OG Sua Opeta
DE Derek Barnett