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Eleven players miss practice, including RB McFadden

Running back Darren McFadden was among the 11 players who missed practice Tuesday. Not what Raiders coach Hue Jackson wants to see two days before he takes his team to San Diego for an AFC West showdown with the San Diego Chargers.
Yet, there’s not much he can do about the situation. As of now, he is without seven players who started the regular-season opener against the Denver Broncos, as well as kicker Sebastian Janikowski — McFadden, quarterback Jason Campbell, center Samson Satele, right tackle Khalif Barnes, defensive tackle Richard Seymour, cornerback Chris Johnson and free safety Michael Huff.
“If a guy is physically unable to practice, than we’re not going to practice ‘em,” Jackson said. “I don’t think we’re holding anybody out. If a guy can go, you know my deal, we practice. Right now, those particular players cannot go. Now tomorrow, they may be able to. By Thursday, they may be able to. But that’s yet to be seen.”
Worse, safety Mike Mitchell, cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke and safety Chinedum Ndukwe also weren’t able to practice Tuesday.
None of those 11 has been ruled out for Thursday’s game, including McFadden, Jackson said. A report earlier today said McFadden has been ruled out. Not so, by all accounts.
“There’s further progress,” Jackson said of McFadden, who has yet to run on the foot. “Obviously, he’s not out here right now, but I know he’s getting better.”
It’s a long-shot, at best, that McFadden will return after missing most of the Kansas City Chiefs game, every practice the past two-plus weeks and the Denver Broncos game last Sunday.
When last spotted, McFadden was on crutches and with his right foot in a protective boot. The smart money says, Jackson rests McFadden this week in hopes of getting him back for the Minnesota Vikings game Nov. 20.

PENALTIES AND INTERCEPTION A KILLER
Moreso than anything the Chiefs and Broncos did against the Raiders, it’s the interceptions and penalties that are keeping the Raiders from winning of late.
Hard to argue that point. The Raiders had six passes intercepted — two were returned for touchdowns — and committed 29 penalties for 250 yards in losses to the Chiefs and Broncos.
“We cannot continue to put ourselves in negative situations,” Jackson said. “All that does is beat you, and we’ve beaten ourselves lately, whether it’s been penalties or turnovers or whether it’s been not finishing. The team understands, it’s something we’ve talked about and something we’re going to continue to address.”

RIVERS STRUGGLING
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers already has had 14 passes intercepted in eight games. He had 13 all of last season. At this point, he is being intercepted almost twice as often as he was last season, when he averaged one interception every 40 passes or so.
Jackson scoffs at mentions of Rivers struggling, though. He heard the same thing about Denver’s Tim Tebow leading up to last Sunday’s game, only to witness Tebow pass for two touchdown and run for 117 yards on 12 carries.
“This guy is still a really good football player, very talented and one of the elite quarterbacks in this league,” Jackson said. “I’m not going to even talk about it because, the last time I talked about a quarterback here I took it on the chin. Whatever their problems are, is there problems. I have enough problems on my own. I’m going to worry about these and not worry about theirs.”
Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said Rivers is every bit as dangerous now as he has been since he entered the NFL.
“Phil has always been like a gunslinger,” Kelly said. “He’s going to give you a chance. It’s just so happened this year that it hasn’t gone his way. But playing against Phil all these years, man, he’s going to come ready to play.
“It don’t matter with him what happened. He has a real short-term memory, so it doesn’t even matter what he did against Green Bay. All he’s worried about is trying to torch the Raiders. I know him. He’ll be ready to play. He ain’t worried about no picks.”
Rivers is fresh from his first three-interception game, two of which were returned for touchdowns by the Packers in a 45-38 defeat.

AFC WEST IN TAILSPIN
The Chargers and Raiders are playing for first place in the AFC West, even though they are in a combined five-game losing streak.
The Raiders lost their past two games. The Chargers last won Oct. 9. The Chiefs are fresh from a 31-3 loss to the 0-7 Miami Dolphins.
“A lot of teams have been dropping the ball,” Kelly said. “Us, San Diego and Kansas City. So, right now, it’s like an eight-game season. Everybody’s back to square one. You can’t say you don’t have an opportunity, you’re tired.
“We’re in first place, even though we dropped the ball the last two weeks. Man, we just need to go out and take advantage of the opportunity. They’re a wounded team, just like we are. I don’t want to come in here Friday with a three-game losing streak.”
Quarterback Carson Palmer is no stranger to tight divisional races. He is doing his part to make sure that his teammates understand the importance of Thursday night’s game.
“It’s a great opportunity for somebody this Thursday,” Palmer said. “It’s great to be in the thick of it, and be in the hunt, and our team understands where we are and the opportunity that is in front of us. We expect to go out and play good football.”
To do that, Palmer said, the players have to not get caught up in the fact that the game is on national TV and far more people than usual will be watching.
They also can’t get too amped up playing on the road, in a hostile environment, against a hated rival.
“You can’t try to change or do anything crazy, or anything special, you don’t need to,” Palmer said. “And that’s something we talked about with some of the young guys. Being a big game, it’s national television, don’t do what you’re not supposed to do.
“That’s something that’s easy to happen. Guys think they need to do something special, do a little something different on
a route, in a pass protection. You just need to go out and play football and pretend it’s a preseason game or a regular-season game at the beginning of the year and not get caught up in the hype of the rivalry.”

PALMER CALLS REECE ONE OF A KIND
Palmer made two throws against the Broncos that few quarterbacks make in a season. Both went for touchdowns, one to fullback Marcel Reece and another to wide receiver Jacoby Ford.
Both throws came in tight coverage and sailed just over the outstretched arms of the defender and right into the hands of the intended target.
Palmer said he has great trust in Ford based on seeing him play in college and studying tapes from Ford’s two-year Raiders career.
Palmer said he’s still amazed by the athletic ability of Reece, a 240-pounder who runs like a much-lighter player.
“(I haven’t seen) a fullback that can run like him,” Palmer said. “He is one of a kind. There’s not another fullback in the league like him. He can block, he can pass-protect, he can run-protect, he can run iso’s and go downhill on linebackers. He is a mismatch for safeties, and he might be a mismatch for some corners because he is so much bigger.”

ROUTT VS. JACKSON
Cornerback Stanford Routt arguably has been Oakland’s most consistent defensive player this season. He enters Thursday’s game on a four-game streak of not allowing a touchdown.
Look for the Raiders to match up Routt with Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson as often as possible, even if it means shifting him around from time to time.
Jackson, 6-feet-5 and 230 pounds is a matchup nightmare for most cornerbacks. Fortunately for the Raiders, Routt has seen enough of Routt during his career to know what to expect.
“When he breaks, you got to break, when he jumps, you got to jump,” Routt said. “So, I don’t really think that — not to take anything way from Vincent Jackson, he’s a great receiver — it is any different than covering a guy like Wes Welker. He just goes short, Vincent Jackson goes deep.”
Coach Jackson has the utmost respect for Vincent Jackson from previous games against the Chargers, for and with the Raiders.
“Why did you have to bring that name up?” Jackson said. “I don’t want to talk about him right now neither. He’s a good player. … We have a lot if respect for him. Again, it’s a challenge for us. We like challenges.”
Covering tight end Antonio Gates might be another matter altogether. In the past, the Raiders used Huff on Gates, with pretty good results. Mitchell also has lined up against Gates on occasion.
If Huff and Mitchell can’t play, the assignment might fall on strong safety Tyvon Branch.

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  • SilverAndBlackBleeder

    748.DMAC Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:14 pm
    I think this game will come down to, if our D-line is going to show up and play! If they don’t, then we lose. If they show up and pressure Rivers, than we win.
    Heard here first.

    —————–

    Looking forward to a big game from Lamar, Seymour and Big Hen-dog. Damn Kells is continuing to disappoint lately. Tommy better step it up.

  • raiderinparadise

    Historically, he struggles versus Oakland (just like Orton & Cassel.)

    Rivers? LoL and Lt struggled against us too? Your crazy, Rivers had like 300 yards at half last year in 1st game. Mighty Giordano will make some plays lol? Boyd is taking Huff’s place, wow. If our pash rush isn’t working, we are screwed.

  • ElkGRaider

    697.ghostraiders Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:53 am
    Elkg. . I have to respectfully disagree man… its the bad teams that over payed for their franchise That are now kicking and screaming…. those guys are horrible investors. .. Michael Jordan is the biggest hardliner right now… Charlotte sucks and he’s responsible for how bad that team is… I wish they could cut some of those teams out… it would make gbe NBA That much better… Cleveland is another failing franchise after they decided to place all their eggs in the lebron James basket and getting burned…
    =================================

    Its true. The owners spent too much. Then a down economy happened and boom. It was just time to wake up. The players were making waaaaay to much money to have guaranteed contracts. That and the fact there is a huge disparity from the Lakers to the Kings…

  • mcfadden20.

    DMAC Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I think this game will come down to, if our D-line is going to show up and play! If they don’t, then we lose. If they show up and pressure Rivers, than we win.
    Heard here first.

    —-

    It will come down to who scores more points than the other team, so if Raiders have more points than SD we win , if they don’t we lose …

    heard it here first..

  • ElkGRaider

    727.DMAC Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    FK the Lakers!
    Go Dubs!
    Sorry, had to get it outta my chest!
    =======================

    FK the Lakers!
    Go Kangs!
    Jimmer time baby! (haha)

  • LA to TheBay

    hwnrdr Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:57 am
    Also, that youtube vid of the boy crying in his basement was pricelss!

    ———–

    MR made it to Youtube??

  • mcfadden20.

    ElkGRaider Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    727.DMAC Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:06 pm
    FK the Lakers!
    Go Dubs!
    Sorry, had to get it outta my chest!
    =======================

    FK the Lakers!
    Go Kangs!
    Jimmer time baby! (haha)

    —-

    cmon man don’t hate those 16 banners…

  • Blackmamba_20

    746.mcfadden20. Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:14 pm
    Blackmamba_20 Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Mcfadden20. Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    Blackmamba_20 Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Lol, mcfadden my man you know all im about is championships, rings rings rings, im more into rings than that Sandusky dude lol… This lockout is stoping me from getting thta, knees are better but getting paul pierce old right now..

    —-

    I heard you a few times , you were saying your feeling like your in your 20’s after that procedure you got done on your knee(s) in Germany .. is that true?

    ……….

    Got me some of that blood cell An plasma removed, be breaking ankles again this year..doberman is back


    good to hear that sIt man, you know ur my fav player to watch , i want u to dunk on all the mofos like back in the days..

    ———-

    Trust me when im not sinking 19 footers with hands in my face(shane battier) 2011/12 is the year of the posters, left hand, right hand , if there is one i want its kendrick perkins, all up in his face.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Jimmer and Demarcus Cousins don’t seem like they are going to jive.

    Just a hunch.

  • ElkGRaider

    DMAC Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:14 pm
    I think this game will come down to, if our D-line is going to show up and play! If they don’t, then we lose. If they show up and pressure Rivers, than we win.
    Heard here first
    ===================

    Dead on. That was the key to our wins last year. I do LOVE the fact that there is no Sproles gettin dumpoffs this year…man he used to kill us. Mathews is no Sproles!

  • LA to TheBay

    FK the Lakers!
    ——-

    Man, Kings fans will be upset over that series for another decade, huh?

    At least Blazer and Jazz fans have a legitimate hate.

  • J Hill

    I think this game will come down to, if our D-line is going to show up and play! If they don’t, then we lose. If they show up and pressure Rivers, than we win.
    Heard here first.

    ——————————————————-

    I’m really hoping RoMac plays.

    Pretty sad that Curry was on the field calling plays and trying to get guys lined up correctly

    Lack LB depth is very surprising. Especially since Goethel got hurt early on, and RoMac has been hurt for a while. Me thinks Sam Williams and Bruce Davis could be utilized right about now.

  • DMAC

    LA to TheBay Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    hwnrdr Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 11:57 am
    Also, that youtube vid of the boy crying in his basement was pricelss!

    ———–

    MR made it to Youtube??
    =======

    “You know you done fked up, right? You know you done fked up?”

    You mentioned MR. Please don’t send an invite to the trolls.
    lol

  • mcfadden20.

    Blackmamba_20 Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    746.mcfadden20. Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:14 pm
    Blackmamba_20 Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Mcfadden20. Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    Blackmamba_20 Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Lol, mcfadden my man you know all im about is championships, rings rings rings, im more into rings than that Sandusky dude lol… This lockout is stoping me from getting thta, knees are better but getting paul pierce old right now..

    —-

    I heard you a few times , you were saying your feeling like your in your 20’s after that procedure you got done on your knee(s) in Germany .. is that true?

    ……….

    Got me some of that blood cell An plasma removed, be breaking ankles again this year..doberman is back


    good to hear that sIt man, you know ur my fav player to watch , i want u to dunk on all the mofos like back in the days..

    ———-

    Trust me when im not sinking 19 footers with hands in my face(shane battier) 2011/12 is the year of the posters, left hand, right hand , if there is one i want its kendrick perkins, all up in his face.


    I hear you man.. thats why your called black mamba, in words of the Basketball announcers “Mamma , there goes that man” lolzz

  • ElkGRaider

    Jimmer will be fine. Spreads the floor for Tyreke. Cousins is a better passer than scorer. As long as Jimmer doesnt give 30 to whoever he guards each night…the Kings might be up to somethin…

  • Blackmamba_20

    751.SilverAndBlackBleeder Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:16 pm
    748.DMAC Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:14 pm
    I think this game will come down to, if our D-line is going to show up and play! If they don’t, then we lose. If they show up and pressure Rivers, than we win.
    Heard here first.

    —————–

    Looking forward to a big game from Lamar, Seymour and Big Hen-dog. Damn Kells is continuing to disappoint lately. Tommy better step it up.

    ——

    when big sey plays wll it seems kelly comes out of the woodwork and plays like hes paid.. i guess thats common sense if the line as a whole is dominating, miss big shonasty right now.

  • J Hill

    B Ball talk???

    Have the players caved yet?

  • DMAC

    Sam Williams>Blackstock
    lol
    They’re both fk’n garbage though.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Attn: Qodrn

    OAK 30
    SD 28

  • J Hill

    Jimmer time baby! (haha)

    —————————————————–

    Even you had to laugh at that.

  • LA to TheBay

    J Hill Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:22 pm
    B Ball talk???

    Have the players caved yet?

    ——-

    Nah, man – fight the power!

    LOL.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Me thinks Sam Williams and Bruce Davis could be utilized right about now.

    ************************

    I’d take both of them over Curry and Blackstock.

    Especially when you consider their contributions to ST’s.

    That’s why I didn’t like the Hagan cutting.

    6 games with Hagan active on gameday = 0 punt returns for TD’s

    2 games with Hagan inactive = 2 punt returns for TD’s

  • mcfadden20.

    I almost forgot about that Goethel dude can’t wait to see what he does next year..

  • Blackmamba_20

    why cant we use taiwan like Sproles! taiwan gets a couple of rushes then nada, got a get a few touches before busting a big one

  • DMAC

    I respect Kobe’s game, but he will always be a b!itch to me for that schit he pulled off w/ Shaq!

  • Just Fire Baby

    I watched more Jimmer than probably anyone being in Mountain West territory.

    Not sure if he can be a good defender, because they literally told him to just drift and focus his energy offensively.

    Literally. He never went to the bench, he would just rest on defense.

    Never seen someone get hot like him though. Fadeaway 33 footers like nothing.

  • J Hill

    Fluke Walton is going to retire.

    We’ll cut Peace with the amnesty clause.

    Caracter and Ebanks will see increaded minutes.

    Tens get swept and miss the playoffs again.

  • DMAC

    New post

  • Blackmamba_20

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:23 pm
    Me thinks Sam Williams and Bruce Davis could be utilized right about now.

    ************************

    I’d take both of them over Curry and Blackstock.


    Easy tiger, Curry is going to be legit, blackstock cant cut it starting tho. or are you talking strictly ST

  • raiderinparadise

    can you imagine the work Sterling Moore would have been getting if still here this season?!

  • TheToozFan55

    I’m only surprised that some parent hasn’t simply shot Sandusky in the head. That’s what i would have done had my son been “raped” by that son-of-a-bi$CH. The admin assistant that saw it happening should have rushed in there and said “HEY! What are you doing?” Instead of going and telling that old bas$%d JoePa. He needs to step down immediately!!!! Not at the end of the season. I haven’t been this outraged in a long time………………………………..

  • RaiderRockstar

    Rivers? LoL and Lt struggled against us too? Your crazy, Rivers had like 300 yards at half last year in 1st game. Mighty Giordano will make some plays lol? Boyd is taking Huff’s place, wow. If our pash rush isn’t working, we are screwed.

    ***

    paradise,

    Tomlinson made a career against the Raiders. He loved playing against us more than Jerry Mac loves stealing his kids Halloween candy.

    all you got to say about Rivers versus Oakland is one half of a game in which he lost? He’s been in the league since 2004. Thanks for proving my point!

    RUE THE DAY you doubted Oakland’s chances beating SD after two embarrassing losses and a fourth of the roster injured!

  • ElkGRaider

    770.J Hill Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:23 pm
    Jimmer time baby! (haha)

    —————————————————–

    Even you had to laugh at that.

    ====================

    Yeah…I dont totally believe the hype but give him some time…might be better than you think. He’s got BOUNCE on that jumper…and can pull from anywhere

  • raiderinparadise

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    ***********

    You are strange. Take a look at Rivers career stats against OAK, I just did. Your making judgements on 2 games from LAST year.

    I am pulling for him to play awful,i hope, but Tebow killed us with his arm, 2 TD’s no INT’s …. Sanchez threw for 370 on us this year, those are awful QB’s …

    wake up

  • raiderinparadise

    DVD OUT. Lito Sheppard starting at corner. LoL. we wre so banged-up. We are un-raveling by the day.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    still struggling to understand how bungles retread slow as molasses houshmanzda could get almost the same amount of snaps as our best wr and team leader!

    Is this carson’s handy work? was it HUe Jack going away from davis’s pick?

    You cant just bench a guy that was crucial in helping to establish you as the head coach. Its like being stabbed in the back by the guy you busted your tail for.

  • Raider-in-PA

    DMAC, I work about 3 miles from Beaver Stadium and everyone is either in shock or disgust… Around here (not for me however) Joe Paterno is a god… The fact that he didnt do more to bring things to light is a huge question of his morality. As for Sandusky, hope he goes to max. security and gets bored out!!

    Never been a PSU football fan (the cheerleaders are not bad though), but its even easier to hate the program now. Worst part is I’m PSU alum.. I sure as hell am not admitting that now!!!

  • mcfadden20.

    Fvck chargers they are going Down tomorrow

  • MikieG

    I hate to say it, but we are about to look REALLY bad tomorrow..
    With all of the injuries and guys playing horribly out of position, on the road, in primetime, with a brand new signal caller..
    If we were at full strength, and Carson had been here all year, I say we smoke these guys like the sticky icky..but the way it looks now man, we barely got a chance…Unless Seymour cracks Rivers Sternum and sends him off to the hospital, we don’t stand a chance IMO…and I love the Raiders and I always have but you have to look at this thing objectively. Our team has been in Unravel mode since JC cracked his collarbone, and the freefall has only been accelerating since..
    We look absolutely HORRIBLE on Defense right now, the worst I have seen in a LONG time. People keep saying Rivers is having a down year, and statistically that may be true..he threw 3 picks last weekend, but he also threw 4 touchdown passes. Vincent Jackson is a beast and we will be concentrating on him so much that there will be 3 WIDE open receivers for him to choose from on any given play.
    Its gonna be ugly kids, and the season will be all but over after this. We cant even beat the worst f()cking team, AT HOME against the WORST QB in the League…
    It just sucks because I thought the dumb, underachieving, detached, unaccountability of the past 8 years had finally gone into remission…and now it is back, and were looking at the death of another season…The biopsy is tomorrow night, and it’s unfortunately time to find out if this sickness is going to terminate our season….

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