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Carter making Raiders debut Sunday; 3 players out

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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  • AmysInCharge

    I was at that Eagles game,..west side club,…was great…sorry you missed it. Must have been a slow week for you panhandling I guess.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    THE KILLER IMO WERE THE DRAFTS IMMEDIATLY FOLLOWING THE GRUDEN TRADE.WITH THE PICKS FROM TAMPA COUPLED WITH THE REGULAR PICKS,THIS ORGANISATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN SET 4 A STRECH OF YEARS WITH 2 OR 3 COMPETANT DRAFTS..

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  • RaiderSam

    393.bigsnow81 Says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 6:42 pm
    No, Seymour was a waste of a pick. He is done and cost $15 million this season.

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

    what pick COULD we have with an impact? maybe OT Nate Solder – we already had Veldheer, right? ok, MAYBE Prince Amukamara, Gabe Carimi, Jonathan Baldwin (ZERO impact at KC), i mean, Andy Dalton probably would’ve been the pick, and he’d back up Jason Campbell.

    But would they REALLY have gone QB again after missing so badly on JaMarcus Russell?

  • bigsnow81

    Your such a noble Raider fan. Keep it coming, wear your IQ level on your sleeve.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    bigsnow81 Says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    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 Says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    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?
    ==========================You continuing to post says it all.

  • RaiderSam

    402.DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 6:47 pm
    THE KILLER IMO WERE THE DRAFTS IMMEDIATLY FOLLOWING THE GRUDEN TRADE.WITH THE PICKS FROM TAMPA COUPLED WITH THE REGULAR PICKS,THIS ORGANISATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN SET 4 A STRECH OF YEARS WITH 2 OR 3 COMPETANT DRAFTS..

    —————-

    only if we had Ozzie Newsome or Thomas Dimitroff in the front office

  • bigsnow81

    The point is the team could still develope a player, while Seymour is retired.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    bigsnow81 Says:
    Your such a noble Raider fan. Keep it coming, wear your IQ level on your sleeve.==============
    As do you in your handle.

  • bigsnow81

    I’m talking Raider football, before a 10 am game. If you guys want to bicker and sling insults at each, by all means.

  • bigsnow81

    Wow, you’re very witty.

  • RaiderSam

    405.bigsnow81 Says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 6:49 pm
    Your such a noble Raider fan. Keep it coming, wear your IQ level on your sleeve.

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

    And thats what pick you would’ve taken…you arent thinking. – they needed an impact player, a proven one and they paid for it. New England advanced BECAUSE OF TOM BRADY and a competent TEAM oriented approach and a non-interfering front office person.

    im not saying you are wrong, i’m just saying hind sight is 20/20 and you are putting it ALL on Seymour. The past BAD PICKS; IMO were a culmination of failed moves due to Al Davis; Randy Moss, corner MeAngelo Hall, already suspect corners like Fabian Washington, taking Kerry Collins instead of drafting Ben Roethlisberger…not taking DeSean Jackson – we could go on and on.

    its your frustration talking…think, and NAME THE PLAYER we should’ve gotten instead of Seymour.

    thats the issue.

  • RaiderRockstar

    we have a bunch of unqualified coaches under contract that need to be demoted

    Allen to DC
    Tarver to Asst DC/OLB’s
    Holland = ILB’s only
    Knapp to QB coach
    DeFillipo to quality control

  • bigsnow81

    Regardless of what player was taken, Seymour was not the missing piece to the puzzle.

  • RaiderSam

    408.bigsnow81 Says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 6:50 pm
    The point is the team could still develope a player, while Seymour is retired.

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

    whats the record on developed players?

    there are none – Sam Williams didnt develop, Chaz Schillens, i mean that list is longer than the first round busts

    in the mean time, quality guys like Chris Clemons were let go in favor of Jay Richardsons

  • RaiderRockstar

    Andy Dalton probably would’ve been the pick, and he’d back up Jason Campbell

    ***

    LOL!!

  • RaiderSam

    414.bigsnow81 Says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 6:56 pm
    Regardless of what player was taken, Seymour was not the missing piece to the puzzle.

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

    yeah, thats a guy you take when all the other pieces are there, not necessarily the one to “raise the whole level of the defense”

    that guy is Ray Lewis or Ed Reed…OR BOTH with this kind of defense.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    WHO FOR HEADCOACH ROCKSTAR ??

  • bigsnow81

    If the team plays like professionals, wins a game at 2-3, the season looks a whole lot better.

  • RaiderSam

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 6:57 pm
    Andy Dalton probably would’ve been the pick, and he’d back up Jason Campbell

    ***

    LOL
    ++++++++++

    Right? I mean, he’d challenge him and over take him eventually – but that SHOULD have been the pick instead of taking Seymour – and he was taken in the 2nd round – not rated high enough for the first

  • bigsnow81

    Nothing said to me will frustrate me on this blog. I wasn’t arguing we could have had this player. I was arguing that at $15 million this season and giving up a #1 pick was a waste.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    Haven’t seen mr this virulent in a while. New mood drugs, or did he go off his meds altogether? Granted with the Sybil Sock puppet army you need different persona’s, but, wow he’s acting like mom’s not even home. Well, it is Friday night, and maybe he’ll wake up with a new uncle tomorrow morning. Good luck with that Bigs now.

  • bigsnow81

    What are you babling about?

  • Plunketthead

    PM shift is on!
    I hear my bed calling me

    hey Duck, Which part? The destroy Syria part?
    Dont blame the messenger blame all the evil “leaders” who are killing thousands of people all over the middle east and they are just getting warmed up.

    The bankers want Syria and Iran to roll over. Millions of people are already suffering, starving, dieing by the tens of thousands.

    God bless America! sleep well

  • RaiderSam

    419.bigsnow81 Says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 6:57 pm
    If the team plays like professionals, wins a game at 2-3, the season looks a whole lot better.

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

    but dont you think the cupboard was bare? There werent any picks, and Reggie mac didnt want to spend a lot and risk repeating failure giving a whole lot to Courtland Finnegan or Brandon Carr.

    its a rebuild…a lot of people just didnt want to accept it – but Knapp’s offense makes it even more unbearable to watch!!

  • bigsnow81

    Hopefully I am wrong and Seymour turns it on and this team makes the playoffs. Wishful thinking, I know.

  • AmysInCharge

    Ya lol as if we didnt know who that was. That tool hasnt fooled anyone in years.

  • Plunketthead

    PS God bless America was sarcastic

  • AmysInCharge

    For the dork who gathers score predictions.

    Atlanta 54
    Oakland 7

  • bigsnow81

    We all wanted to think the team was on the rise at 8-8. Normally that is what happens. 8-8 and a team is only missing a few players to be playoff caliber. It’s sad, all Al Davis could muster was a pathetic 8-8 team.

  • AmysInCharge

    MR why on Earth do you do this?…as soon as you get exposed you just simply move on to a new name and think nobody notices?…stop embarrassing yourself dude.

  • AmysInCharge

    You will never be able to break free of the chains Al has on you,…no matter how hard you try.

  • bigsnow81

    Damn, optimistic one you are.

  • bigsnow81

    Anyone else waiting for Silva v. Bonnar?

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    RaiderRockstar Says: we have a bunch of unqualified coaches under contract that need to be demoted===============Oh, that politics would have allowed us to demote Hue to OC with Saunders by his side. Could’ve been something. Fire Cable if necessary and bring in another head coach. Dammit, I think we were close.

  • bigsnow81

    Let the season end then call for the coaches head. The Al Davis day’s are over. Funked up, I have heard for years, once Al dies the Raiders will be good. Al is dead and the Raiders still suck.

  • RaiderRockstar

    its a rebuild…a lot of people just didnt want to accept it

    ***

    Sam,

    a rebuilding team doesn’t roll with a bunch of vets like Palmer, Carlisle, Seymour, Kelly, Huff, Bartell, Spencer, etc

    then try to “fix” the defense by adding more vets like Andre Carter & Joselio Hanson

    Reggie & Dennis had thier eyes set on the playoffs – not a Top 10 draft pick!

  • bigsnow81

    Peace, you funking wankers!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    I’m impressed that so many IDENTIFIABLE bloggers are here tonite. I know Summer’s over and all but I think there is some genuine angst and anticipation going into tomorrows game. Even with Norco, tho’ his (hers?) alter ego would never admit it. Hope to be happy tomorrow. Oh, hell, I’m always happy. Hope to be even happier.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    Bye, Sullen1.

  • RaiderSam

    421.bigsnow81 Says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 7:00 pm
    Nothing said to me will frustrate me on this blog. I wasn’t arguing we could have had this player. I was arguing that at $15 million this season and giving up a #1 pick was a waste.

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

    true. 15 mil equals 2 8-8 seasons…and more holes to fill via 2013, 2014 drafts

  • RaiderSam

    437.RaiderRockstar Says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 7:16 pm
    its a rebuild…a lot of people just didnt want to accept it

    ***

    Sam,

    a rebuilding team doesn’t roll with a bunch of vets like Palmer, Carlisle, Seymour, Kelly, Huff, Bartell, Spencer, etc

    then try to “fix” the defense by adding more vets like Andre Carter & Joselio Hanson

    Reggie & Dennis had thier eyes set on the playoffs – not a Top 10 draft pick!

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

    yeah, it smacks of desperation, but it really is the culmination of failed picks dating back to 2004 *Gallery OUT OF THE LEAGUE now. – he was cant miss, and supposedly, so was Jake Grove who was taken 2nd.

    it was a roll of the dice, and it was craps from 2004-2009 as far as the draft was concerns. FA is always desperation…

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    I think Bartell and Spencer were very good at their jobs. I would’ve paid more for a better corner but I’m not GM. 30 years old is not too old, but one could question picking up two guys coming off injuries. Interesting that both their injuries this year were totally unrelated to their past injuries. Don’t think the Reggime made a bad move there, just got damm unlucky.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Oh, that politics would have allowed us to demote Hue to OC with Saunders by his side. Could’ve been something. Fire Cable if necessary and bring in another head coach. Dammit, I think we were close.

    ***

    yeah, Purvis. either that or just leave Cable there and take the chains off of him. Al Davis ran everything. Look at all the freedom Dennis Allen has. Probably why Grandpa Davis chose to do things himself – you get a bright young motivated coach that has excellent references who aces an interview .. then after he’s hired find out he’s in WAY over his head. what do you do?? Let him sink your team, because he’s still getting on the job training?

    best bet for Reggie was hiring a PROVEN, VETERAN coach. I don’t care who. It could have been a retread like Billick, Fassel, Green or Shell for all I care. just somebody that knows thier stuff. Then Reggie should have been a part of the OC & DC process instead of just letting the HC decide on whoever he wants, just to soothe his ego and make him feel like it’s his team

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Purvis

    Bartell & Spencer got abused before they got injured. impossible to project them being world beaters or even serviceable “if healthy”

  • PlunkforHOF

    Evening Raider fans and others!

    Hey Purvis, what was with the big list of names?

  • Raider8

    You all need to shut up, and listen.
    I want a essay, 5 pages long, on why you believe you are not the biggest wanker on this blog.
    In your best cursive.
    use proper grammar.
    Don’t make me repeat this.
    You have 7 min.
    I suggest you get started.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    bartell and spence are both a 3rd corner at best

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Most of the posters here can barely print, much less use cursive. And proper grammar? On this blog? Raider fans?
    Get real.
    No, Bob, not your gramma, grammar.

  • Raiders for life

    fk it, I’m all in.