By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 at 6:26 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders reportedly worked out tight end Fendi Onobun today, the same day they reportedly met with wide receviers Jabar Gaffney and Tiquan Underwood. The Buffalo Bills waived Onobun last week.
Onobun, 25, played three games for the St. Louis Rams in 2010, catching two passes for 15 yards. He played in one game for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, without catching any passes. He also spent time with the Buffalo Bills in 2011.
– The Raiders said kicker Sebastian Janikowski was excused from practice Tuesday so that he could spend time with his wife and their newborn twin daughters.
– The Raiders changed Saturday’s practice to an evening affair as a means of better simulating the conditions for the regular-season opener.
Also, the practice will be moved from the team’s year-round facility in Alameda to the Coliseum, where the Raiders play the Chargers on Monday night.
Former coaches Hue Jackson and Tom Cable used a similar approach, to mixed results. Jackson changed the practices the week before last season’s opener in Denver to nighttime affairs, and the Raiders went to Denver and beat the Broncos.
– The Raiders reached injury settlements with tight end Tory Humphrey, defensive tackle Jamie Cumbie and offensive lineman Ed Wang before waiving them from the injured-reserve list.
Fullback Rashawn Jackson was waived from the injured reserve without an injury settlement.
Making these moves means the Raiders don’t have to count their 2012 base salaries toward their salary cap, which became mandatory Tuesday.
It’s interesting to note that the Raiders left punter Marquette King on the injured reserve. Punter Shane Lechler’s contract is up after this season.
– Quarterback Carson Palmer, running back Darren McFadden, defensive tackles Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly and punter Shane Lechler were elected as captains for this year’s Raiders team.