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Bergstrom says he’s ready to roll if called upon

Khalif Barnes started the first two games at right offensive tackle for the Raiders this season. Willie Smith replaced Smith the past six games after Barnes suffered a groin injury. It might be next-man-up time, with Barnes still recovering from groin surgery and Smith struggling with his consistency.
In that case, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said rookie Tony Bergstrom is the next option. Bring it on, Bergstrom said, in essence.
“I feel like I’m ready and I’m just kind of waiting for that opportunity,” Bergstrom said when hit with the news that he was unaware of at the time. “I’m just filling in wherever I can help. Whatever I can do for this team I’m happy to do.”
The Raiders used their first draft pick — a third-rounder — this year on Bergstrom. He progressed well through the offseason workouts and training camp, by all accounts, yet the Raiders were set at the five starting positions.
Therefore, Bergstrom honed his skills at guard, as well as keeping fresh at his natural position, tackle, in case he got called upon in case of injury to a starter in a game. He has not played an offensive snap so far.
Bergstrom said he has been practicing both guard and tackle, right and left, in recent weeks. Yet, he is prepared to play against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, if asked to do so.
Bergstrom said he has gleaned quite a bit from watching his teammates play the first eight games of the season. The time has been well spent.
“Oh, yeah, absolutely,” Bergstrom said. “It helps being able to see, especially seeing guys you play with all day and how they handle the competition out there. Being able to do that is better than watching film, being able to see how your own guys play out there. Every game has been a learning experience for me. I’ve tried to use it as such.”
Smith has played well at times, struggled other times. He got called for a holding penalty against the Buccaneers on Sunday on a play that nullified a long touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to wide receiver Derek Hagan. He also got beat for a sack.
“We’re going to look at things,” Allen said. “We talked about that this morning, about looking at Tony Bergstrom as a potential. And we’re not going to close our eyes and act like we don’t see things that are happening. We’re going to try to address whatever needs to be addressed.”

– Cornerback Ron Bartell said he is optimistic about his recovery from a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the past seven games.
The Raiders can activate him at any time, and Bartell is eligible to play Sunday against the Ravens. Bartell said he isn’t sure how it’s going to play out just yet.
“We have until Saturday to make that decision, so I’m going to put another good week of practice in,” Bartell said, “and if all goes well at practice, and they deem me fit and ready to play, then I’ll be ready to play.”
Bartell returned to practice for the first time since his injury five days ago. Practicing is one thing, being in good enough shape to hold up for 65-70 plays in a football game is quite another, he said.
“I made some good progress, but missing seven weeks, just not being in game shape, it’s tough to get back,” Bartell said. “I definitely feel a lot better, a lot more confident. I’ve got antoher week to get prepared, and that’s what I plan on doing. We’ll make that decision on Saturday.”

– Fellow starting cornerback Shawntae Spencer is expected to take his right foot for a test drive, so to speak, Tuesday. He hasn’t practiced or played in a game since he hurt his right foot against the Miami Dolphins more than seven weeks ago.
He said the pain lessens with each passing day. He isn’t sure what to expect when he goes through a workout Tuesday.
“I’m just pretty much a go out and wing it kind of guy,” Spencer said. “So we’ll go out, do whatever they say, and see how it plays out.”
Allen said last week that Spencer’s progress had slowed and not gone as well as expected. Spencer’s take is that he is ahead of scheudle.
Either way, Spencer has done everything he can to stay sharp mentally and from a cardiovascular standpoint.
“It’s tough to watch,” Spencer said. “Just the competitive nature inside of me. It’s part of the game. But you do what you can. You still prepare the same, as far as attending your meetings, breaking your film down, doing whatever you can to help the guys that are playing to stay in tune to help them prepare as well. But other than that, man, mentally that’s how I stay in it. Keep my routine, minus the practices and the games.”

– Free safety Matt Giordano said he suffered a hamstring “strain” against the Buccaneers. The early prognosis is promising for his return for the Ravens game.
“Luckily there was no discoloration, so that’s the biggest step right there,” Giordano said. “Now, it’s kind of, I’ll be living in the training room for the next 72 hours, that’s for sure, getting it right.”
Giordano got hurt while chasing Bucs running back Doug Martin on one of Martin’s three long touchdown runs. Giordano went down near the goal line and immediately grabbed his hamstring.
He went to the locker room for treatment but returned later and asked back in the game. Trainers talked Giordano into sitting out as a precautionary measure.
“I was trying to convince everybody that I was good,” Giordano said. “When you’re feeling the crowd and everything, you want to get back in. You want to be in there with your teammates. The trainers were telling me “be smart,” but I wanted to go in and play and definitely give it a shot to see where I was.”
Giordano faulted himself for missing two tackles two of Martin’s long touchdown runs. Martin
: “You got to just tip your hat to the running back. He made a lot of great runs. There was some (missed) tackling going on. I missed two tackles. We all missed tackles out there. Our technique wasn’t good but, you know what, he beat our technique. So, he ran hard, he played well, hat’s off to him.”

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  • Raider Steve

    Never thought i’d see a DMAC injury and then be disappointed that he may be back in the lineup the next week.

    Sorry. It’s just the way I feel.

  • Priesttj12

    I think Bilukidi is a player but we need another one like him. Our DT’s are getting up in years but if don’t get a premier edge rusher out of this next draft or FA it will be a HUGE whiff.

    First and foremost I would like a top notch corner and then a an edge rusher in the top 2 picks. MLB’s even Olineman can be found in mid rnds just like we found Barksdale and Campbell only to give them away.

  • Los Raida Locos

    knapp = no run game. Have we ever had that few yards on the ground?

    tarver D = questionable at best.

  • Marks hair

    Thats why i think your a dìck

  • Raiders for life

    I’ve been wanting the Raiders to pick up a bad azz safety for awhile. I was hoping Stevie Brown was gonna be that guy, didn’t work out. Waiting for MM34 to develope has been disappointing. 2013 draft Reg has to find that guy.

  • Los Raida Locos

    At least we got this blog to vent the frustrations of having an OC who can’t devise a game plan to run the ball and score points. We always have to wait til we’re behind and Palmer takes over with the no huddle. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Seymour Bush Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:17 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    There is like 4 “mammoth run stuffing DT’s” on the whole planet.
    =======================================

    And none of them can rush the passer. So you can grab one in the 6th round.
    ——————
    WE dont need a DT who can rush the passer we have 2 in kelly and Houston we need a DT in the BJ Raji mold.

  • Priesttj12

    Philly refuses to get in run power formation and run the ball. I’ve never seen such departure from physical football at this level. I never watch them but I know why they haven’t won anything now under Reid with all the talent they’ve had.

  • Los Raida Locos

    3-5. We should be 5-3, 6-2.

  • Priesttj12

    It’s flat-out ASININE!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    just like we found Barksdale and Campbell

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

    What finds!!!!!

    The only thing we found out with those draft picks was that our GM was running on about 65% sanity.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    And I thought our offensive line was a problem. Philly’s is turrible. And if that’s not enough we are going to see New Orleans here in a couple of weeks.

  • Marks hair

    Phillip thomas fs fresno st.. 7 ints 2 ff 1fr 3 pick six.. stud

  • Los Raida Locos

    Priesttj12 Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:26 pm
    It’s flat-out ASININE!!

    ____________________________

    And frustrating. Reminds me of our lack-of-run game.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Priesttj12 Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:26 pm
    It’s flat-out ASININE!!

    We know you are.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    WE dont need a DT who can rush the passer we have 2 in kelly and Houston we need a DT in the BJ Raji mold.
    ============================================

    Raji is a very good pass rusher. If your nose can’t rush the passer they are going to double the UT and then chip any other good rusher you might have. The second that happens, guys like Peyton or Rivers or Brady or Ryan are going to pick you to pieces.

  • Oakglen

    HI EVERYBODY :P

    Sure do luv my RAIDERRRRRRRSSS!!!

    Whut! (just had to get that one in, couldn’t help it)

    Holla! (that one too)

  • eastoaklandraider

    Marks Hair Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:19 pm
    Mcfadden20 says:

    wow you black guy supporters will say anything to make it look like they won because of Freeman,SMH.

    Thats what you said to me..

    Mcfadden20. Says: November 5th, 2012 at 5:10 pmAll black QBs suck ,they only win ,when they get help from Running game ,Russell = M Lynch ,Freeman got MVP Martin ,JC won when ever McFadden exploded for big games
    —————–

    Mc20 is a punk and a follower.

  • Raiders for life

    Isn’t Phillip Thomas a junior though?
    But yea, he’s a bad mo fro.

  • DKnight007

    That game yesterday was ridiculouys. DA and his coaches were once again flat out coached in the 2nd half.

    What the hell were DA, Knapp and Tarver thinking yesterday??

    Knapp play calling sucked in the end to try and tie the game and in turn, Carson makes bad decisions.

    Why didn’t they stick with the short dink and dunk, going to Reece to try and tie the game or win??

    Why didn’t DA and Tarver adjust to Martin cutting back to the weakside??

    Why did DA agree to that ill advised fake punt on a 4th and 12??

    Why did DA go for the onside with so much time on the clock?? He was lucky Blunt fumbled!

    Freakin terrible!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Why did DA go for the onside with so much time on the clock??

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

    I don’t know, maybe because our defenses previous two plays resulted in 140 yards rushing and 2 TD’s?

    I think that had something to do with it.

  • DKnight007

    Put a bet on the plus money on dumb azz Romney to win Ohio tomorrow.

    This election smells stinky and fishy like a Republican womans you know what…..Ugh!

  • Los Raida Locos

    knapp is always out coached.

  • Priesttj12

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:27 pm
    just like we found Barksdale and Campbell

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

    What finds!!!!!

    The only thing we found out with those draft picks was that our GM was running on about 65% sanity.
    ******************************************

    Sure that’s probably why he found Veldheer and Wiz…..fella once in a while take foot out your mouth. You don’t know the difference between shoe leather and your tongue.

  • DKnight007

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Why did DA go for the onside with so much time on the clock??

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

    I don’t know, maybe because our defenses previous two plays resulted in 140 yards rushing and 2 TD’s?

    I think that had something to do with it.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Better to pin the Bucs and play field position and hope your sorry azz defense can adjust and make a stop.

    That onside kick was stupid….just like that dumb 4th and 12 fake punt call! Terrible!

  • Los Raida Locos

    Cable > knapp

    Hue > knapp

    Saunders = next man up

  • DKnight007

    Then your boy Knapp decides to use Reece, only when DMC gets hurt?

    Freakin idiot Knapp!

  • Marks hair

    No hes a sr. Hes up for all the awards

  • eastoaklandraider

    Seymour Bush Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:30 pm
    WE dont need a DT who can rush the passer we have 2 in kelly and Houston we need a DT in the BJ Raji mold.
    ============================================

    Raji is a very good pass rusher. If your nose can’t rush the passer they are going to double the UT and then chip any other good rusher you might have. The second that happens, guys like Peyton or Rivers or Brady or Ryan are going to pick you to pieces.
    ———————-

    No, the big nose tackle takes on the double teams allowing kelly or Houston to operate 1 on 1 thats the job of a nose T on passing downs if he’s even in the game on a passing down.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    I’m sick of Andy Reid’s mustache and fat ass. I hope gets fired.

  • Raiders for life

    Why didn’t they stick with the short dink and dunk, going to Reece to try and tie the game or win??

    ####################

    Because Raider fans hate the dink and dunk, remember? It doesn’t work according to quite a few. WCO and ZBS just doesn’t work either.

  • Los Raida Locos

    Wonder if Reggie picked up his chair in his office today and threw it out the window? Or did he throw it at one of the coaches?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    da went for the onside because it was only ten yards to go…

  • Marks hair

    Where have you been all day DKnight? Ive been all alone with those sentiments today..

  • VanHeathen30

    22 TOTAL YARDS RUSHING in a game that was 10-7 at the half…
    Abysmal Offensive performance on the ground.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    reggie needs to get off his chair to throw it…

  • Raider Steve

    I was listening to ESPN radio today and they were emphasizing how the NFL has really become a PASSING league.

    Going are the days of the 30 carry rb.

    You still need to run now and then, but look to teams like GB, NE. and NYG for the way things are headed.

    I think Raiders yesterday had their best offensive explosion of the season with our top 2 rb’s out.

  • Raiders for life

    478.Marks hair Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:34 pm
    No hes a sr. Hes up for all the awards

    ###############

    Kelly Skipper needs to put in a good word for him,

    Got a question. KC picked up Devon Wylie and he’s been inactive, what up with that? I can’t find any news on it.

  • Los Raida Locos

    Not a knapp apologist list:

    Los Raida Locos

  • Marks hair

    Well the sentiments about football anyways.. i hate all the politicians

  • eastoaklandraider

    DKnight007 Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:33 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Why did DA go for the onside with so much time on the clock??

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

    I don’t know, maybe because our defenses previous two plays resulted in 140 yards rushing and 2 TD’s?

    I think that had something to do with it.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Better to pin the Bucs and play field position and hope your sorry azz defense can adjust and make a stop.

    That onside kick was stupid….just like that dumb 4th and 12 fake punt call! Terrible!
    ——————
    yeah the onsides came too early if you pin them deep and we get the fumble we score faster.

  • DKnight007

    Raiders for life Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Why didn’t they stick with the short dink and dunk, going to Reece to try and tie the game or win??

    ####################

    Because Raider fans hate the dink and dunk, remember? It doesn’t work according to quite a few. WCO and ZBS just doesn’t work either.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    The dink and dunk to Reece was working though and then the moron Knapp decides to go away from it on the potential game tying or game winning drive??

    Idiot Knapp should stuck with the short game with Reece which the Bucs were allowing to get in FG drive.

    Only idiot Knapp would go away from what was working in a critical situation.

    The Bucs were putting too much consistent pressure on Palmer for him to call deep pass plays.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Priest,

    Wiz is playing Center for the worst O-line in football and Veldheer might be the worst LT in the AFC West.

  • VanHeathen30

    The fake punt call was nearly as bad as the fake FG flick to Seabass against KC a few years ago…it had no chance from the outset.
    Extremely POOR game management by DA nad staff to say the least.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Los Raida Locos Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:38 pm
    Not a knapp apologist list:

    Los Raida Locos
    Eastoaklandraider

  • Marks hair

    Hes pretty small.. maybe hes insurance for dexter m.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    No, the big nose tackle takes on the double teams allowing kelly or Houston to operate 1 on 1 thats the job of a nose T on passing downs if he’s even in the game on a passing down.
    =======================================

    True. In Raji’s case you can not take him one on one so what you are saying is exactly right. Remember, if you are taking a 5 step drop, how quickly can a fatass run through a 315lb world class guard and get to the Q? In under three seconds? No way. Unless they are a good pass rushing nose like Raji and those guys don’t fall out the sky every nine seconds. That’s why Raji went 9th or 10th overall.

  • Priesttj12

    They get rid of our young lineman because they want bums like Brisiel and Smith yet we have Raider fans liking this stuff and wondering why we can’t run the ball. Because they ran off half the guys to help us do so.

  • Los Raida Locos
  • DKnight007

    Marks hair Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Where have you been all day DKnight? Ive been all alone with those sentiments today..

    ^^^^^^^^^
    I been workin!

    DA, Knapp, Tarver and Palmer screwed it up yesterday in critical situations.

    DA and Tarver were completely out coached especically in the 2nd half.