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Carter making Raiders debut Sunday; 3 players out

By Steve Corkran
Friday, October 12th, 2012 at 1:41 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Coach Dennis Allen and defensive end Andre Carter confirmed Monday that Carter is going to make his Raiders debut against the Atlanta Falcons.
How much Carter plays depends upon the situations that arise in the game. Given the Falcons attempted 52 passes last Sunday, it’s likely that Carter will have ample time to play for the first time since he suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury for the Patriots last December.
“I’ll be part of the rotation,” Carter said as he prepared to board a bus for the ride to the Oakland Airport. “Just to be a part of this defense is something that’s very special to me, and I’m just glad to be back after a long, long recovery through this injury.”
Allen also used the word “rotational,” when describing how Carter will be used.
“That’s how we’ve handled the defensive line anyway,” Allen said. “You have to try to limit the number of plays that they play, especially playing a team like Atlanta that throws the ball like they do. You want to make sure you keep some fresh rushers out there.”
Carter said he isn’t sure how many snaps he will get. But he’s ready for whatever defensive coordinator Jason Tarver throws his way.
The Raiders managed only three sacks through their first four games. A proven pass-rusher like Carter figures to provide some much-needed juice to the Raiders defense.
Carter said his vast experience in the NFL will help expedite his transition back to the field, as well as help his linemates.
“Myself, Richard Seymour, (Tommy) Kelly, we just have a lot of years of experience,” Carter said. “We’ve played a lot of crazy battles throughout this part of our career and just talking to younger guys. Every game is always going to be a battle. No win ever comes easy. You just got to earn your keep quarter after quarter.”

– Allen said Kelly held up well in practice today and that he expects Kelly to play Sunday, despite Kelly being bothered by a sore foot.
“Just looking at him today, he looked good,” Allen said.

– Right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes (groin), cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) and tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring) will not play Sunday, Allen said.

– Michael Huff will start at cornerback for the third straight game in place of Spencer.
Allen said Huff is making progress in his transition from free safety.
“No. 1, it’s the confidence of going out there and playing,” Allen said of Huff. “It’s a different world out there on the edge. There’s not nearly as many things mentally that go on on the edge as there are at safety, yet there’s a whole lot more physically that has to happen. So, he’s improved in that area.”
Huff is learning via trial by fire. He faced Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger in his first game at cornerback, then followed that up with a game against Denver’s Peyton Manning. On Sunday, he faces the red-hot Matt Ryan.
“I didn’t get to ease into it,” Huff said. “I didn’t get any mediocre, just normal QBs. I get all the great Hall of Famers. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. To be the best, you’ve got to play against the best. So, kind of learning on the fly.”

– Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey said it’s all systems go for Sunday, as far as he’s concerned.
Now, it’s just a matter of team doctors and Allen signing off on Heyward-Bey’s return to game action three weeks after he suffered a concussion against the Steelers.
“Right now, the plan is to go into Sunday and see how I feel,” Heyward-Bey said. “Hopefully it’s a go.”
Allen said earlier this week that he anticipates Heyward-Bey playing. Heyward-Bey said his mind-set is that he’s going to play.
“That’s totally up to coach and them,” Heyward-Bey said. “My plan is to always have the mindset to go out there and play.”

– Former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon used to say that he knew how the Raiders were going to play based on how they practiced on the Friday before a game.
Allen said he is of the belief that you have to take into account the entire week of practice. From that viewpoint, Allen said, the Raiders are primed for their game Sunday.
“You kind of have a good feel for how things go in the week of practice,” Allen said. “But Sundays are odd. You never really know what you’re going to get on Sundays. The flow of the game dictates a lot of that, but we’ve had a good week of practice. We understand that we have a huge challenge going to Atlanta this week and we’ll see how it plays out on Sunday.”

– A victory over the Falcons on Sunday is the kind of win that could have a lasting impact on their final 11 games.
Beating the 5-0 Falcons, on the road, would have the potential to drive home the point to the players that the Raiders are capable of beating any team in the league, given the Falcons are considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
“Obviously, if you’re able to win against a team like Atlanta, it provides an extra boost of confidence to your team,” Allen said. “But, again, you can’t live from week to week and get too high and get too low. This is a marathon, it’s not a sprint. We’ll go, we’ll play the game, we’ll take the outcome as it is and we’ll move forward from it.”

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  • Plunketthead

    Qud is on the best of also :smile:

  • RaiderRockstar

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 4:01 am
    Attn: Qodrn

    Raiders 37
    Falcons 35

    Raiders block a FG at some point during the game, also force a fumble on Turner & DMAC runs wild

    How do I know this?

    I got Michael Turner & Matt Bryant on my FF team. the guy I’m playing against (DAV) has McFadden – hehe, just my luck

  • RaiderRockstar

    thanks Plunk!

    whats new man?

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GOOD EVENING NATION.ROCKSTAR,HOW R U SIR.MISS U IN THE A.M..

  • Plunketthead

    Planting seeds, reading the Word and waiting for the synaguge of satan to destroy Damascus

    Something deadly brewing in Syria

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dirt Lot!

    I’ve been reading your AM crew material, much later in the evenings. impressive work. you always got me laughing

    DLF = sarcasm king

    thoughts about us versus ATL??

  • bigsnow81

    Blog stars? More like a bunch of funking wankers!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    Whoa. MR in full Sybil mode tonite. Outing himself on purpose for attention. Damn, guess I just gave him some. But, back to the list.

  • bigsnow81

    We all know whatthe Raiders have instore for tomorrow.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @bigs

    enlighten me/us

  • bigsnow81

    What I hate most about being a Raiders fan is the reaction when you tell someone your a fan.

  • LosMalOsos

    The bad eyes 28 / the bad raptors 17. ===============================And who the he11 is Zwarte Piet stealing my Malosos tag?

  • davidon

    Did’nt realize they’re playing in ATL..this is going to be a blow out like the SF game last week. 28-6 at halftime

  • bigsnow81

    I will soil myself if the Raiders come out with a “W”. It sucks being a Raider fan, I just can’t seem to watch any other game. I’m not an NFL fan, I’m a Raider fan.

  • davidon

    Won’t even watch this one

  • bigsnow81

    I try to watch every game. I have missed a few, due to blackouts. I didn’t enjoy going to the sports bar during the #2 years.

  • Plunketthead

    359.bigsnow81 Says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 6:08 pm
    We all know whatthe Raiders have instore for tomorrow.

    A party on the way home after beating the loserbirds

    Maybe Beech and the gang can perform for the players

  • bigsnow81

    If the Raiders do win. The comments will change on the blog. If the lose it will be the same sheit, fire Knapp, trade Dmac, does Seymour have any trade value?

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    bigsnow81 Says: What I hate most about being a Raiders fan is the reaction when you tell someone your a fan.========================I’ve enjoyed it for 33 to 34 years now. As much now as way back then. Fck everybody else.

  • realtruraider

    Your goin to miss a good one, its goin to be a classic, Im sure it will be on NFL replay though

  • beechams gay lover

    going to go out dancing tonight. beechy is over at antoines again. bet he can’t get it up like always

  • bigsnow81

    The reaction has changed from your a punk thug to pitty.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    NEVER BEEN MUCH OF A “MORAL” VICTORY GUY.THAT SAID,THE RAIDERS NEED TO SHOW ME SOME FIRE,SPUNK,WHATEVER ONE WANTS TO CALL IT TOMORROW.MAKE THIS A BALLGAME..

  • bigsnow81

    Your infatuation Beech is disturbing.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    Actually Bigs now (or did you you think you were cool and big snow?) I’ve never hated anything about being a Raider fan. If there is something you hate the most, then there must, by definition be many other things you also hate, which begs the question, why are you here?

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    DJ and I been saying it since monday. Preach,Dirtlot.

  • bigsnow81

    If your questioning wether I am a Raider fan, I really don’t care. I’m a college educated man and I don’t like being labled a thug punk. Yes, I’m a Raider fan. No, I wont shank you if they lose a game.

  • bigsnow81

    Honestly, do you think I care about your opinion of me? My self-esteem is not derived from this blog. I thought this was a blog for Raider fans?

  • RaiderRockstar

    does Seymour have any trade value?

    ***

    No!

  • bigsnow81

    Seymour sucks, what a waste of a #1 pick.

  • bigsnow81

    Goodnight everyone, I hope the blog topic is alive with a Raider win.

  • JLofty

    Big Dick is as good as any other 1st rounder we’ve had in last ten yrs. Not quite DMac but not far behind…

  • Plunketthead

    358.Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure Says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 6:05 pm
    Whoa. MR in full Sybil mode tonite. Outing himself on purpose for attention. Damn, guess I just gave him some. But, back to the list.

    Good call you noticed it before I did.
    He is full attack mode
    Heres some bait

    I wish Al was still running things. We would be headed to the SB this year for sure

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Plunketthead Says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 6:03 pm
    Planting seeds, reading the Word and waiting for the synaguge of satan to destroy Damascus

    Something deadly brewing in Syria

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

    I hope you’re kidding…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Seymour sucks, what a waste of a #1 pick.

    ***

    last 2 years, he only showed up once in every 4 games

    this year under Allen & Tarver he shows up for about 3 plays per game …

    PROGRESS!!

  • AmysInCharge

    Bigsnow81 is a female dog,..admits he missed games due to blackouts,..so hes close to the coliseum, but instead of going to the game he misses it because he cant lay on the couch and watch it,…total loser,..when they go to LA you cant look at fans like him as the reason why.

  • RaiderSam

    380.bigsnow81 Says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 6:30 pm
    Seymour sucks, what a waste of a #1 pick.

    +++++++++++++++++++++

    The less the previous picks of 2004-2009 have in terms of impact – Fabian Washington, in particular, the more likely you take chances on getting proven players. – you have to have a number of successful picks consecutively, and the coaching turnover and lack of GM ultimately undermines the whole deal.

    Consider the last pro-bowl draft picks taken at 1 – Nnamdi Asomugha (1st, 2003), then before then Charles Woodson (1st 1998) – the fatal pick was Robert Gallery taken at 2004 – bypassing Ben Roethlisberger, and Sean Taylor – that, and JaMarcus Russell – 1st 2008 were disastrous.

    were lucky, because we finished 8-8 twice despite a bust that should&ve had us even worse. Some teams NEVER recover from a first overall pick bust at QB – most notably Cleveland (Tim Couch).

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    NOT EVERYONE CAN AFFORD TO ATTEND GAMES..

  • RaiderRockstar

    Big Dick is as good as any other 1st rounder we’ve had in last ten yrs.

    ***

    Exactly!

    sad, isn’t it ??

  • bigsnow81

    Nice try, is that all you got?

  • AmysInCharge

    If you think it costs alot of money to attend a game,..wow,..Iv always thought it was cheap.

  • AmysInCharge

    Its all youre worth Big,..and not even worth that.

  • bigsnow81

    No, Seymour was a waste of a pick. He is done and cost $15 million this season.

  • RaiderSam

    343.qodrn1 Says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 5:47 pm
    So, the Raiders made NO moves. Does this mean they have basically given up? Or that they think they can make something happen with the returning players they will have?

    +++++++++++++++++++

    I’m wondering will they just play out the season with what they have, get a high pick (take Barkley or Jarvis Jones or Star Louleilei) or trade down to stack players to build a Texan version of 3-4, and add some parts.

    projecting a scenario like this

    pick 4-7 – Barkley, Geno Smith, Louleilei
    then adding players late like Margus Hunt (SMU), CB Blidi Wren-Wilson (U.Conn), Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbuilt, Luke Marquardt, OT, Azuza Pacific, and free agents like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, S Charlie Peprah (once they eject high priced holdovers Seymour, T.Kelly and possibly moving Rolando McClain to a 3-4 team for a pick)

  • bigsnow81

    The pnly game i can recall missing was the game verse the Eagles. The defense played really well and shutdown McNabb. I missed the first half of the Vikings game last season. I listened to it on the Radio.

  • AmysInCharge

    I pray the Jags game is blacked out so losers like Big cant watch it then come to a blog and cry about it.

  • bigsnow81

    What a bunch of hate filled wankers on this blog.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Seymour was a waste of a first-rounder. Yes, he improved the D for awhile, but so what? We still didn’t make the playoffs.

  • bigsnow81

    Kepp flapping your gums.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Bigs,

    I agree with you that Reggie should have ate the $7.5 million rather than pay him $15mil to stay

    but as far as cap hits are concerned, he restructured to vet minimum