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Lechler, Jones, Myers return after lengthy layoffs

The Raiders on Sunday got back more players at practice than they lost, for a change, as punter Shane Lechler, running back Taiwan Jones and tight end Brandon Myers participated in the no-pads proceedings.
For Lechler, it marked his training camp debut. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee just before camp started and missed every practice and the first two exhibition games before today.
Coach Dennis Allen said he anticipates Lechler punting against the Detroit Lions on Saturday night.
Jones has missed both exhibition games, as well as a slew of practices, while recovering from a hamstring inujury. He has a decent chance of making his debut in a game Saturday, as well.
Myers didn’t do much in the full-team drills. No big deal there, Allen said. The goal was to get Myers moving around on the heels of missing numerous practices with a shoulder injury.
Myers still is competing for the starting job that opened when the Raiders released Kevin Boss in the offseason. Allen said earlier this camp that Myers was the leading candidate for the job.
Now, the job figures to be wide open, given Myers’ absence for a spell.

– As for wide receiver Jacoby Ford, coach Dennis Allen said Ford felt better today than he did Friday and Saturday. Ford suffered a sprained left foot at the end of a reception against the Arizona Cardinals on Friday night.
Allen said there isn’t any structural damage to Ford’s foot, the same one he sprained last season, and also no swelling.
Even so, he admitted, it’s conceivable that Ford’s absence could extend into the regular season. The Raiders open the season at home against the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 10.

– Allen stated the obvious when he said that backup running back Mike Goodson has to do a better job of protecting the football if he is to be counted upon.
Goodson fumbled twice against the Cardinals on Friday night. That’s in keeping with Goodson’s track record since he joined the NFL. He fumbled seven times in 125 touches with the Carolina Panthers.

– Allen said wide receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring) is closer to returning to practice. He, too, has missed considerable practice time and both exhibition games.
The same can’t be said of linebacker Aaron Curry, who rejoined the team Saturday but still isn’t ready to practice at full-speed or play in a game, Allen said.
Allen added that Curry won’t be thrust into action until he’s ready to roll, and Curry isn’t ready to roll yet. If he isn’t able to get after it soon, Allen reiterated, it will be time to game plan with Miles Burris in mind as the starting weak-side linebacker for the regular season.
As much as Allen is impressed by Burris, he conceded that there’s something to be said for having a veteran presence at linebacker.

– Defensive tackle Richard Seymour was held out of practice today. Allen said that’s in keeping with the time-honored tradition of giving veteran players extra time off every now and then as a means of keeping them fresh throughout the grind of a long season.
Seymour has been bothered by a sore knee at times in camp. However, today’s day off had more to do with giving Seymour a breather than the knee, Allen said.

– The Raiders break camp in Napa on Thursday. Already, Allen said, the three weeks spent here can be considered a success.
Why so? Well, he said, the goal is to leave camp a better team than the one that arrived. Mission accomplished.

– The Raiders are off Monday. They practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before shutting down here and relocating to their year-round facility in Alameda.

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  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 2:06 pm
    RaiderDuck Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Kicking the tires on Carter either means Curry’s still not back anytime soon or DA is dissatisfied with Tolleson, or both.

    _______________________________________________

    I disagree….

    We do not have a speed pass rusher….and Coach Allen wants one…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VRT78sF9Mo

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

    I thought Tolleson was supposed to be a pass rusher.

  • hwnrdr

    Like he said, God willing…if he can get back to form of last year…4 sacks in one game? Pretty impressive!

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Yo, takin’ a hella dope Blog Poll -

    Who do you think the Laker’s farm team, The Orlando Magic, will draft, then groom to be our next Hall of Fame center?

    If they can get the top pick in 2013 (fingers crossed), Cody Zeller would look pretty good in Purple N Gold in about 6 years

    Or maybe they can pick high enough to get Willey Cauley in 2014. We always like legit 7 footers with face up game

    Cast your vote now, blog dweebs!

    BEEECH DIGGITY ROCKIN’ THE MIC

  • DennisAllensVisor

    RAIDERDUCK,

    Tollefson is a hustler. Can play DE/OLB/DT.. scrappy guy. Not known for anything in specific. Just a swiss army knife of effort.

  • raiderinparadise

    Im down for Plaxico at this point, moore and Ford always hurt, just DHb and Streater with no pass-cacthing TE (proven).

    Plaxico matches well with Palmer, Palmer will let him “go get it”

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Duck, Tolleson is a pass rusher…but he isn’t a speed pass rusher…

    Coach Allen has mentioned he didn’t have a speed pass rusher…(he misses and was spoiled by Von Miller last year)….now he does…!

    I have no problem with this move…certain Offensive Tackles have difficulty with speed rushers…and we have power rushers….

    Good Move by the Raiders today…

    ;)

    Should be signing right about now I hope!

  • raidertbone

    1298 — If he can demonstrate half of what I saw on that highlight reel, then I’m down wit dat!

  • DennisAllensVisor

    raiderinparadise Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 2:12 pm
    Im down for Plaxico at this point, moore and Ford always hurt, just DHb and Streater with no pass-cacthing TE (proven).

    Plaxico matches well with Palmer, Palmer will let him “go get it”

    —-

    Dont believe that Plax can ‘go get it’..

    RZ/Short yardage threat at this point i’d say..

    I like the Plax idea though.

  • raiderinparadise

    Andre Carter did muster 10.5 sacks last year and 2 FF

    SOLID PRODUCTION.

  • raiderinparadise

    Plax was big in the red-zone for lowly sanchez last year …. I liked Palmer to Plaxico in the red-zone.

  • raidertbone

    1309 — Solid Production = Exactly what we need!

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Orlando is Laker farm team! That is the funny. Beeech you the man with your joking. ROFLMAOWPIMP (Rolling On the Floor Laughing While Peeing In My Pants) Holla!

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    I hope this (in a 3/4 Front) means we are moving Matt Shaughnessy down inside with Kelly and hopefully Bryant….wheeler on the outside on one end and Carter on the other…

    Get that WASTE OF SPACE SEYMOUR OFF THE FIELD..

    He doesn’t want to practice…

    Kick Rocks!

  • DJ Johnny

    I’m not getting excited about Carter until I hear he’s actually signed.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn
  • DJ Johnny

    Beeech,

    I’m thinking of LaDemetrious Haffensnaffer from Austin Peay.

    Nice player.

  • hwnrdr

    DJ Johnny Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 2:18 pm
    I’m not getting excited about Carter until I hear he’s actually signed.

    I’m with you on that one!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    LOL ODB.
    Later bro.

  • DJ Johnny

    What’s with you guys talking Plaxico all of a sudden?

    Something cooking with that too?

  • hwnrdr

    Alright Nation!!! You all have a good one! See you all in the AM!

  • Dakota

    Reggie probably just looked at the roster and said, daaayum, my gut tells me we have no true pass rushing DE! Get me Carter on the phone!

    Situational pass rusher only IMO.

  • DJ Johnny

    Andre Carter wants long-term deal from Patriots31By Gregg Rosenthal
    Around The League editor
    Published: June 29, 2012 at 09:26 a.m. Updated: June 29, 2012 at 04:10 p.m.

    Andre Carter had a Pro Bowl season out of nowhere in 2011. That makes the veteran defensive end different from your average free agent out there, and he has different demands.

    Carter is looking for a long-term deal from the New England Patriots, the Boston Herald reported Friday. The team is looking to sign him to something closer to the low-cost one-year deal it signed him to last season.

    New England’s motivation is clear: Carter, 33, is coming off a torn quad, a difficult injury to recover from. It’s not clear if Carter will be ready for the regular season, so there has been no rush to sign him. The Herald reported that Carter has turned down interest from other teams in the hope of chasing another Super Bowl in New England.

    It’s possible Carter will start the season on the physically unable to perform list, missing the first six games. After also losing Mark Anderson, the Patriots could use another veteran presence on their defense. They drafted defensive ends Chandler Jones and Jake Bequette in the first two rounds, but they haven’t always had a great track record incorporating rookies into the mix in the Belichick era of late.

    We think the Patriots defense will be improved this year, with or without Carter. He would be a nice final addition during a defensively-focused offseason.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Where is new post from Jerry and Steve. The Glimmer Twins are losing their touch.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    If Carter can help the team, then great! Sounds like we’d be getting better production than Wimbley with less money.

    As for Heyer: Guard is not really a weak spot for us, and we don’t know how he’d perform in the ZBS.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Got 2 votes in on my hella cool poll, holla

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    What I learned can all be explained in the lyrics to my hot new 2 Kewl 4 Skool jam, “Grade School Wake N Bake”

    Kick them beats:

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    Cause now we’re going steady, girl, this is outta sight
    If we start making out things will get pretty wild
    In 9 months you’ll be known as the mother of my child

    Actually, this jam has nothing to do with Married to Jonas. Sorry for the confusion.

    GETTIN’ HELLA HIGH WITH 7UP N SKY

  • DJ Johnny

    From another article:

    Carter still has some production left to offer to the Pats, but what sets him apart from other free agents is his experience. Carter’s effect on the locker room is undeniable. His presence could be huge for talented but raw guys like Jones and Bequette.

    The main reason why teams have been wary of Carter is probably the fact that he is coming off of a serious quad injury. However, reports have shown that Carter is recovering ahead of time and that he wants to be a part of the Pats. He may be ready before the start of the season.

    The Pats would likely sign the veteran defensive end to a one or two-year deal, much like the one he signed last year, which was for one year at $2.75 million.

    Andre Carter may be getting older, and he might not produce at a very high level, but one thing’s for sure: he can still help the Patriots in many ways.

    Keep in mind the media saying this NOW that he’s still
    a Patriot and how it will change once he becomes a Raider…IF he does.

  • JLofty

    You guys don’t see Greg Knapp for what he REALLY is…

    Like the forest/trees metaphor, Knapp is the fall guy.

    If $#it heads south due to injury to any of our key offensive guys (CP3, DMcF, Dgnarly, list gets shorter now…) then Knapp takes the heat and DA and the Reg get to work on the future.

    Easy call, surprised his hire confused so many people…

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    Beeecher Report rips into Carson Palmer. Article must have been written by Mistic:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1301639-replacement-refs-carson-palmer-taylor-mays-the-worst-of-nfl-preseason-week-2

  • DJ Johnny

    This, from “Niner Noise”:

    49ers Should Bring Back Andre CarterJul 28th, 2012 at 10:14 am by Matt Hamm

    It seems like forever ago when Andre Carter racked up double digit sacks as a member of the San Francisco 49ers before cashing in on a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins. Carter never lived up to the superstar status his rich contract and his breakout season with the Niners suggested.

    Still Carter has put together a nice career and would be an excellent addition to the current 49ers roster. Jim Harbaugh has the best linebacker group in the league with Patrick Willis, Navarro Bowman, Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith. They are set at defensive end with Justin Smith and Ray McDonald but they don’t have much in terms of depth at those positions.

    The role Aldon played in his rookie season would be ideal for Carter with Smith stepping into an increased role this season. Carter is best suited as a 4-3 DE, the 49ers a 3-4 team on the surface do not seem like an ideal fit. The system Vic Fangio runs is not exactly a traditional 3-4 system, if put in the right role, Carter would not have to do anything other than put his hands in the dirt and rush the passer.

    The only thing stopping the 49ers defense from being the best in the league this upcoming season would be the injury bug. Adding a cheap veteran like Carter who could be a regular contributor as a third down rusher and also supply depth at some thin positions on the roster could end up being key.

    At 33 years old the dreams of becoming a superstar are long gone for Andre Carter. Offseason rumors pointed to him rejoining the New England Patriots which has yet to happen. Carter wants to win, and the former Cal Bear star has a perfect fit with his first team in San Francisco with the 49ers.

  • TxRaider210

    Hey guys finally home, so Carter would play the DE role?

  • SharkCatcher

    Not resigning M Bush will be the biggest factor for The Raiders not making the playoffs this year.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    SharkCatcher Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 2:51 pm
    Not resigning M Bush will be the biggest factor for The Raiders not making the playoffs this year.

    —-

    IDK about biggest, but its up there.

    Unless Jones can stay healthy.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    TxRaider210 Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 2:48 pm
    Hey guys finally home, so Carter would play the DE role?

    —-

    Yessir.

    Shaughnessy / Carter / Crawford
    Seymour / Bryant
    Kelly / Bilukidi
    Houston / Tollefson

  • SharkCatcher

    Reggie wanted ” his guy.” If I had it my way Hue would still be coach and Jack del RIO would be D coach. Zone blokcing sucks!

  • DennisAllensVisor

    SharkCatcher Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 2:55 pm
    Reggie wanted ” his guy.” If I had it my way Hue would still be coach and Jack del RIO would be D coach. Zone blokcing sucks!

    —-

    Dennis Allen chose the staff.

    Reggie chose Dennis.

  • http://raiders.com Klas Tjorborn

    We won’t miss Bush if DMac stays healthy. Bush would just wear down anyways if he was full time.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    SharkCatcher Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 2:51 pm
    Not resigning M Bush will be the biggest factor for The Raiders not making the playoffs this year.

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

    Bush? The dude who got worse as the season wore on and redefined “Non-factor” in the last couple of games? We’ll be fine without him.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 2:59 pm
    SharkCatcher Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 2:55 pm
    Reggie wanted ” his guy.” If I had it my way Hue would still be coach and Jack del RIO would be D coach. Zone blokcing sucks!

    —-

    Dennis Allen chose the staff.

    Reggie chose Dennis.

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

    And firing Hue was a condition of Reggie’s employment.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    I think his point was our backup RB situation is shaky without Bush.

    Bush wouldnt need to worry about wearing down as a backup.

    Cant argue that.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    RaiderDuck Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 3:00 pm
    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 2:59 pm
    SharkCatcher Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 2:55 pm
    Reggie wanted ” his guy.” If I had it my way Hue would still be coach and Jack del RIO would be D coach. Zone blokcing sucks!

    —-

    Dennis Allen chose the staff.

    Reggie chose Dennis.

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

    And firing Hue was a condition of Reggie’s employment.

    —-

    IDK.

    We can read between the lines, but id rather speak in terms of facts that we know.

    Reggie hired Allen, Allen chose the staff.

  • TxRaider210

    If Goodson sucks again or Taiwan gets hurt, sign Lonyae as the bruiser.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    TxRaider210 Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 3:03 pm
    If Goodson sucks again or Taiwan gets hurt, sign Lonyae as the bruiser.

    —-

    I have little to no faith in Miller.

    Only reason he looks like a bruiser is because he is so slow he gets hit a lot.

    Reece is my choice for the role.

  • raidertbone

    This is Bush’s year to breakdown — he’s overdue. Raiders are going to be glad for not re-signing him, in the long run.

  • TxRaider210

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    TxRaider210 Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 3:03 pm
    If Goodson sucks again or Taiwan gets hurt, sign Lonyae as the bruiser.

    —-

    I have little to no faith in Miller.

    Only reason he looks like a bruiser is because he is so slow he gets hit a lot.

    Reece is my choice for the role.
    ——————-
    Oh yeah man Reece all day, but should Goody be cut after 2 bad games? Should Jones go if he has one more injury?

  • raidertbone

    I hope we can use Reece as a H-back on occasion, like the Snyderskins did with Chris Cooley, in his prime.

  • TxRaider210

    My only point was that Goody/Jones are both working themselves out of a job.imo

  • DennisAllensVisor

    TxRaider210 Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 3:09 pm
    My only point was that Goody/Jones are both working themselves out of a job.imo

    —-

    Goodson more so.

    Jones just needs to learn how to stay healthy. Hamstrings are preventable.

    The waiver wire will be interesting this year.

  • raidertbone

    The only thing Goodson and Jones are working themselves into is the team hot tub!

  • TxRaider210

    DAV

    Goody’s fumbling can be fixed, some way some how.lol Taiwan has been injury prone for years now. Waiver wire will be good with Reg runnin’ schit.

  • theghostronin79

    I was highly dissappointed in Goodson’s display. Even take the fumbles out of the equation. He didn’t look very fast, indecisive, went down easy, didn’t make a single guy miss…… It was almost opposite of his camp accolades.