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Branch practiced, but status up in the air

Whether Mike Mitchell makes his first start at strong safety won’t be determined until game day as Tyvon Branch emerged from the locker room after warm-ups and drills and was a limited participant in practice Friday.

Branch, who has started 57 consecutive games, made it to the field after the media window had closed, and coach Dennis Allen was non-specific about how much he was able to do.

Asked if Branch’s participation was a big step forward, Allen said, “It’s a better step forward. It’s better than he didn’t practice.’’

Allen said Branch would be a game-time decision, and Branch, moving deliberately in the Raiders locker room, said, “I’m not sure yet, man. It’s a day-to-day thing right now.’’

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey did not practice with a hamstring strain and would also be a game-time decision, Allen said.

Running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson (high ankle sprains) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (hamstring) were all ruled out of the Seattle game.

Mitchell, who has opened seven games in nickel packages but hasn’t started in the base defense, is pulling for Branch but at the same time wants to show what he can do as a starter.

It’s a big challenge in that the New Orleans offense features tight Jimmy Graham, a 6-foot-7 former basketball player out of Miami who has 45 receptions for 533 yards and seven touchdowns and presents a nightmare matchup because he’s too big for defensive backs and too fast for linebackers.

“I haven’t seen anyone get very physical with him yet, as far as DBs,’’ Mitchell said. “Most guys are too small, and they shy away from him. She just bodies them. I’m curious to see how he’s going to handle more of a physical, skill-position guy checking him at the line.’’

Taken in the second round of the 2009 draft, Mitchell remains eager to validate the decision by Al Davis to select him, a choice that astonished some draft analysts who considered him a late-round pick or potential undrafted free agent.

Mitchell has battled injuries at times, played in different defensive packages and on special teams, and looks forward to his first crack at being a full-time player. The presence of Branch, drafted the previous year and a starter for the last 57 games, has kept Mitchell in a supporting role.

“I’m just so ready to be done with this, to show what I can do,’’ Mitchell said. “I’m tired — I feel like I’ve been held back, held back, held back. So if I get the opportunity I just want to go play good football and show the abilities God has blessed me with.’’

Mitchell plays with emotion and reckless abandon. He’s known as a “friendly fire’’ threat among teammates, and Allen is hoping to see Mitchell dial it back just a bit when necessary.

“He’s a very passionate player, he works extremely hard, he loves the game,’’ Allen said. “Sometimes you’ve just got to slow his heartbeat down a little bit and get him to calm down. It’s important to him, and that’s what I like about him.’’

– Allen said Derek Hagan would be the starter if Heyward-Bey can’t play, but that Juron Criner and Rod Streater would also see action along with starter Denarius Moore.

– Defensive line coach Terrell Williams is at the funeral of his son, Tyson, in Florida and is expected to return to the team Monday, Allen said.

Tyson Williams died at age 4 on Nov. 9 at Oakland Children’s Hospital from what the team called a “sudden and unexpected illness.’’

It was a situation for which there was no manual or guide for a rookie head coach.

“You try to keep everybody informed of what’s going on and be there for them in case they need something,’’ Allen said. “You can’t help but have emotions about that. It was a tough situation.’’

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  • VaRaiderNation

    RaiderDuck Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 3:49 pm
    VaRaiderNation Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 3:46 pm
    Raiders for life Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 3:42 pm
    JaMarcus Russell @JaCantonRussell 3h
    Any1 want to run some routes? Gotta few tryouts next week and need to set the sights on the cannon.

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

    This is all I’ve seen.
    _________

    JaCanton??? lol gtfoh jamarcus! that’s the funniest sh!t I’ve ever read.

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

    JaPaycheck’s real Twitter name is @RealJRock2 . This other one is BS.

    ___________________

    oh ok…JaCanton…that was just too much

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 3:52 pm
    Phillips who’s brother?
    —–
    Phillip Rivers. LSU QB just got injured. Rivers in playing now.

  • Plunketthead

    <—- been a USC fan since about 75 and I loved todays game. Mora outcoached and outplayed Lana. Great game and I will probably never root for USC again. I still find it hard to believe Haden hired him.

    Lana better dust off her resume and buy a new skirt for job hunting this winter

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Oh snap really? didnt realize Rivers bro was a qb

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I think HUE JACKSON would be perfect for the college football game.

    Take over usc or cal.. Pac 12 would get interesting

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:00 pm
    I think HUE JACKSON would be perfect for the college football game.

    Take over usc or cal.. Pac 12 would get interesting
    —–
    I bet Hue is already trying to weasel his way into Kiffin’s job.

  • lefty12

    Plunk,I believe Lance was hired before Haden became AD.Haden decided to keep him.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Stephen Rivers is a freshman QB. He is 6’8.

  • VaRaiderNation

    Anyone have enough koolaid left to predict a Raider win tomorrow? I’m fresh out. Would love to see this team come out pissed off abt the Ravens game and play with some pride and intensity and make the Saints wish they had stayed home. But I’m not holding my breath.

  • Gdog

    Hue’s going to get a great job, especially if the Raiders keep swirling the toilet.

    I see 4 wins tops this year with a QB playing at pro-bowl level… that’s almost impossible to achieve in today’s NFL.

    Hue got us to 8-8 with hardly any QB play at all.

  • Plunketthead

    I can see Hue recruiting Compton in his brown pimp suit with that bright purple tie. Tenn and USC were dumb enough to hire Kiff so I imagine Hue can get a sweet gig

  • YoungAmerican

    It’s hard to tell what the Raiders’ plan is going to be in free agency and the draft without knowing what the roster is going to look like at that point. Plenty of players will not be coming back.

    In particular with the front seven. Are Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour going to be back? Will the Raiders cut McClain loose? Will they re-sign Shaughnessy, Wheeler and/or Bryant? What kind of linemen or linebackers are they looking for, and how does this effect how many of each they sign/keep?

  • Plunketthead

    10-4 lefty I recall that now
    thanks.

  • Gdog

    Hue has at least had his players playing hard and over achieving.

    Lane landed his plum jobs after the Raiders by saying, “If you hire me I will bring in my Dad too.”

    He’s always been over his had as HC.

    I can’t believe anyone ever hired him…

  • Just Fire Baby

    A HA found it!!!

    315.RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 23rd, 2012 at 7:01 am
    Who do you want the Raiders to draft at #95 ???

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  • VaRaiderNation

    YoungAmerican Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:07 pm
    It’s hard to tell what the Raiders’ plan is going to be in free agency and the draft without knowing what the roster is going to look like at that point. Plenty of players will not be coming back.

    In particular with the front seven. Are Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour going to be back? Will the Raiders cut McClain loose? Will they re-sign Shaughnessy, Wheeler and/or Bryant? What kind of linemen or linebackers are they looking for, and how does this effect how many of each they sign/keep?
    _______________

    Of all those names Wheeler is the only player I would want back. Bryant provides depth and TK…well…he’s good at times but is a complete bonehead. Wonder what the stats are on how many penalty yards he’s cost us in his career. And how many of those penalties were on 3rd down?

  • Just Fire Baby

    LOL at all the Josh Chapman, Alameda Ta’Amu people.

  • Gdog

    Here’s a hope… Lane takes over coaching for SD after Norv gets fired!!

  • YoungAmerican

    Chapman was finally activated. Looking forward to seeing what he does for a leaky Colts run defense. Kid’s a good player, but his understudy Jesse Williams might be the third DT off the board in April.

  • VaRaiderNation

    Gdog Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:17 pm
    Here’s a hope… Lane takes over coaching for SD after Norv gets fired!!
    __________

    Hell yes and Japorkus makes his comeback in Kansas City.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    VaRaiderNation Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Anyone have enough koolaid left to predict a Raider win tomorrow? I’m fresh out. Would love to see this team come out pissed off abt the Ravens game and play with some pride and intensity and make the Saints wish they had stayed home. But I’m not holding my breath.

    —–

    The only areas…

    Saints Run D and Pass D are both ranked like 30 and 31.

    The Saints rushing offense was also ranked in the 30s for a long time, but last few weeks have doubled their average yards per game and average yards per carry.

    Ie…apparently we should employ a balanced offense, equal pass:run and should put up long drives. Whether we score TDs or FGs is another issue. Defensively, we’ll have to put them in 3rd and long as often as possible and just hope we get a few incompletions with some good coverage. Natural pressure is going to be the key as we’ll need all hands on deck to try to keep their receivers in check.

    First time I’ve really tipped a hiding genuinely against the beloved Raiders. Just can’t see the Saints slipping up here with Wild Card berths on the line, and the Raiders coaching/player cracks starting to appear.

  • JONGRUDEN2013

    Lance was hired by USC to recruit…he did ok at that, not great,..now the brass realizes hes not only a prick but that he cant coach.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    1960RAIDER: Doug Martin (Boise State)
    ——-
    Too bad that didn’t happen.

  • lefty12

    GG Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:23 pm
    ……and the Raiders coaching/player cracks starting to appear.
    =================================
    Only in the imaginary minds of a bunch of haters on here is that happening.

  • VaRaiderNation

    GG Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:23 pm
    VaRaiderNation Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Anyone have enough koolaid left to predict a Raider win tomorrow? I’m fresh out. Would love to see this team come out pissed off abt the Ravens game and play with some pride and intensity and make the Saints wish they had stayed home. But I’m not holding my breath.

    —–

    The only areas…

    Saints Run D and Pass D are both ranked like 30 and 31.

    The Saints rushing offense was also ranked in the 30s for a long time, but last few weeks have doubled their average yards per game and average yards per carry.

    Ie…apparently we should employ a balanced offense, equal pass:run and should put up long drives. Whether we score TDs or FGs is another issue. Defensively, we’ll have to put them in 3rd and long as often as possible and just hope we get a few incompletions with some good coverage. Natural pressure is going to be the key as we’ll need all hands on deck to try to keep their receivers in check.

    First time I’ve really tipped a hiding genuinely against the beloved Raiders. Just can’t see the Saints slipping up here with Wild Card berths on the line, and the Raiders coaching/player cracks starting to appear.
    ________________

    It’s not CP3 and our Offense that I’m worried about. It’s this D that couldnt keep a peewee team from throwing (or running) all over the field, especially the middle of the field. I think Drew Brees has been licking his chops all week to go up against this “defense”. With the lack of defensive stopping power coupled with Knapps offensive playcalling, we’re in for a long day. I hope the this team makes me eat my words tomorrow. Screw the draft picks I want to see as many wins as possible, something, anything to build on next season.

  • YoungAmerican

    See, that’s the thing about that list. Some people chose guys like Martin, Hayward, Crawford, Kendricks, etc. At least some of us chose players who would realistically be there at #95 overall.

  • YoungAmerican

    You know who I’d love to see in silver and black? Tavon Austin.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    lefty12 Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    GG Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:23 pm
    ……and the Raiders coaching/player cracks starting to appear.
    =================================
    Only in the imaginary minds of a bunch of haters on here is that happening.

    ——-

    You’re kidding yourself if you think it hasn’t even started. It started weeks ago when the push for the PBS occurred. Veldheer speaking out in a media quote. McFadden/Davis story. The hidings last two weeks are another indication cracks are there. Teams don’t get hammered like that consistently in such a parity-driven league, especially this year with such a tight w-l record across the league.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Geno Smith has looked like crap against the top teams. Scratch him off my Raider’s wish list. I don’t want Barkley either.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    VanRaiderNation says:

    It’s not CP3 and our Offense that I’m worried about. It’s this D that couldnt keep a peewee team from throwing (or running) all over the field, especially the middle of the field. I think Drew Brees has been licking his chops all week to go up against this “defense”. With the lack of defensive stopping power coupled with Knapps offensive playcalling, we’re in for a long day. I hope the this team makes me eat my words tomorrow. Screw the draft picks I want to see as many wins as possible, something, anything to build on next season.

    =========

    The redzone offense is a worry tho. We need to keep pace with the Saints scoring drives. Otherwise the blowout will happen quickly and the D will pack it in for the day, wont bust their guts for an O that can’t keep up and keep them in the game. Saints get up 14-0 in the 1st, we come back with 14-3, them 21-3, us 21-6, them 28-6, it will get out of hand quickly. Have to be TDs.

  • Plunketthead

    good pick vegas. Mine went a little early in the third round but Josh Robinson is doing great

  • Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure

    Full name is Stephen Gunner Rivers … Parents are Steve and Joan Rivers … Brother of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. Nicknamed “Moon” as in Moon River by quarterback coach Steve Kragthorpe. His middle name is Gunner and he needs a nickname?

  • Dakota

    Raidero,

    How does it feel to know the 3rd string worthless raider qb cost the Ohio state university a title shot this season?

  • Just Fire Baby

    See, that’s the thing about that list. Some people chose guys like Martin, Hayward, Crawford, Kendricks, etc. At least some of us chose players who would realistically be there at #95 overall.

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

    Don’t forget Bruce Irvin.

    I did think Hayward would last until our pick, or at least relatively close to it. Was off by about 30 picks though, lol.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Geno Smith is the 2nd most athletic QB playing in this game, and Landry Jones is not very athletic at all.

    Landry is a New Mexican, and would be a solid 2nd round pick IMO. Not a super strong arm, but incredibly accurate.

    Geno is falling off the wagon big time.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    I like Landry Jones much better than Geno Smith.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    VicTafur
    Just saw this. #Raiders gave up a passing play of more than 25 yards to five different Ravens receivers last week. That’s not easy to do

  • VaRaiderNation

    GG Says:

    The redzone offense is a worry tho. We need to keep pace with the Saints scoring drives. Otherwise the blowout will happen quickly and the D will pack it in for the day, wont bust their guts for an O that can’t keep up and keep them in the game. Saints get up 14-0 in the 1st, we come back with 14-3, them 21-3, us 21-6, them 28-6, it will get out of hand quickly. Have to be TDs.
    ________

    Exactly, have to find a way to get it going early. We all want to see a battle, not a half empty stadium going into halftime.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure

    VaRaiderNation Says: Anyone have enough koolaid left to predict a Raider win tomorrow? I’m fresh out. Would love to see this team come out pissed off abt the Ravens game and play with some pride and intensity and make the Saints wish they had stayed home. But I’m not holding my breath.=============================================

    Could be mighty wet. Depends on who can hang on to the ball. Almost makes me miss the infield. Mud bowls are fun.

  • lefty12

    GG-you hate so much you couldn’t see the forest for the trees.You also love to speculate and read things between the lines that don’t exist.If anyone is showing they aren’t buying into the present staff all they are doing is getting themselves a free ticket out of town.Reggie and Allen are looking for tough,hardnosed football players that love to play the game and if anyone shows they can’t take it-they are gone-because Reggie and Allen aren’t going anywhere regardless of what a bunch of haters on this blog want.And good riddance because those are the type of guys that have made this team LOSERS for the last 25 years.

  • Plunketthead

    VaRaiderNation Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:19 pm
    Gdog Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:17 pm
    Here’s a hope… Lane takes over coaching for SD after Norv gets fired!!
    __________

    Hell yes and Japorkus makes his comeback in Kansas City.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Heck yes and toss in his daddy and that killer D scheme

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    #591

    come back to me after this Saints game.

  • Dakota

    ND!

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Dakota Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:45 pm
    ND!
    —–
    You caught a break with Barkley getting injured this week.

  • Dakota

    Lol you guys thought branch was good!

    Smh

  • Raiders for life

    JFB,
    Good of you to find that list.
    lol, the guy I picked went undrafted.

  • Charbagrobasticallillipitriciousticrabolobolagrabastic Smith

    GG Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:39 pm
    VicTafur
    Just saw this. #Raiders gave up a passing play of more than 25 yards to five different Ravens receivers last week. That’s not easy to do
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    Hope DA got his sh*t together or Brees is gonna eat our secondarys’ nutz like candy. DA, show some nutz.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Well all I can say is Wisconsin can go to hell–the football team and the state.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    I predict that Brees throws 3 INTs tomorrow.

  • VaRaiderNation

    Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure Says:

    Could be mighty wet. Depends on who can hang on to the ball. Almost makes me miss the infield. Mud bowls are fun.
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    I hope it’s pouring. That could be a big advantage for us.