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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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  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Reggie gonna find a qb from the 3-5th round and he will be better then any top 10 qb next year. bet that

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    So many morons on here were glad to see Bush leave.

    Yes, these fuk’n morons said, we’ll run McFadden down the middle and everthing will come up roses.

  • Raiders for life

    601.RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:50 pm
    Reggie gonna find a qb from the 3-5th round and he will be better then any top 10 qb next year. bet that

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    I’ll have what he’s having.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    So many morons on here were glad to see Bush leave.

    Yes, these fuk’n morons said, we’ll run McFadden down the middle and everthing will come up roses.
    —–
    You think Bush would be doing any better with this line? I don’t. BTW, Bush is averaging 3.7 yards per carry this year.

  • Dakota

    I don’t think Reggie uses a pick on a qb in this draft. Too many other holes to fill, and Palmer has a couple more seasons left in him.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    If Goodsen got more carries, he would be having a stronger year than Bush.

  • VaRaiderNation

    Carson Palmer tied the franchise record last week with 15 consecutive 200+ yd games. Better believe he’s breaking that record tomorrow.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Damn EnglandRaider is a little fired up, lol

  • Just Fire Baby

    Carson Palmer tied the franchise record last week with 15 consecutive 200+ yd games. Better believe he’s breaking that record tomorrow.

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

    That’s why I don’t put THAT MUCH stock in the 97 points, most in back-to-back weeks in Raider history stuff.

    Records are being blown away each week. Rookie records, passing records, points for, points against, TE’s have the greatest TE years ever and on and on and on.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:50 pm
    I predict that Brees throws 3 INTs tomorrow.

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    Drew Brees, one of the best quarterbacks playing, can throw as many interceptions as he likes.
    The bigger question is just how many will our secondary catch.

    On the face of it: Drew Brees versus our secondary, Wow! That is not a good prospect.

    On the other hand, we’ve got a damn good quarterback too.

  • Dakota

    Poor morons blaming McFadden for what is clearly the fault of the oline and oc.

    Fuktard morons.

  • lefty12

    Bush left because he wanted to leave.He was offered a deal pretty much the same as the one he signed,according to Corkran.Why keep crying about him not being here?It was his choice.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    With Bush on the Raiders, we would still be 3-6.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:53 pm
    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    So many morons on here were glad to see Bush leave.

    Yes, these fuk’n morons said, we’ll run McFadden down the middle and everthing will come up roses.
    —–
    You think Bush would be doing any better with this line? I don’t. BTW, Bush is averaging 3.7 yards per carry this year.
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    What’s that? How many games does McFadden even PLAY in?
    McFadden was working fine as long as Bush was going down the middle and wearing out the line.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Hopefully the Chiefs draft Geno Smith and he turns out to be the next QB bust.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    We are probably going to see more Bush on Monday Night. Bears will be very conservative with Campbell at QB.

  • Dakota

    Too funny, someone thinks bush wore down the d for McFadden…didn’t bush usually get his carries in the late third, early fourth quarters at the beginning of last year? Lmao

  • lefty12

    Bush gave the Raiders this middle finger.Why continue to give him love?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:53 pm
    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    So many morons on here were glad to see Bush leave.

    Yes, these fuk’n morons said, we’ll run McFadden down the middle and everthing will come up roses.
    —–
    You think Bush would be doing any better with this line? I don’t. BTW, Bush is averaging 3.7 yards per carry this year

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    The offensive line Albert-or MR, or whatever the fuk your real name is-is a totally different subject.

  • lefty12

    *his middle finger

  • Just Fire Baby

    Soup gets hurt on MNF and doesn’t finish the game.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    I don’t know if he is an NFL prospect or not, but I like the Stanford QB Nunes.

  • VaRaiderNation

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 4:56 pm
    Carson Palmer tied the franchise record last week with 15 consecutive 200+ yd games. Better believe he’s breaking that record tomorrow.

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

    That’s why I don’t put THAT MUCH stock in the 97 points, most in back-to-back weeks in Raider history stuff.

    Records are being blown away each week. Rookie records, passing records, points for, points against, TE’s have the greatest TE years ever and on and on and on.
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    It’s a damn shame our QB is having a record year while the team struggles. I can only dream of what might have been if we had even a mediocre defense and running game. Stats aren’t everything and CP3 does make some mistakes. But with a half decent team and better coaching we could be contending. I get what you’re saying, but it’s hard not to cringe at the 97 points allowed stat.

  • Dakota

    Okay, k state needs to lose tonight….can rg3 suit up?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Bush left because he wanted to leave.He was offered a deal pretty much the same as the one he signed,according to Corkran.

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    Yup, and people blame The Reggie for it, as if he should have just continued to mortgage the future to make sure he got him.

    Give guys fair contracts, some will take it, some won’t, but you will be better of for it in the long run.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    The offensive line Albert-or MR, or whatever the fuk your real name is-is a totally different subject.
    ——
    Then why does it matter if we have Bush or not. He would just be running up the middle for 2 yards every carry. He disappeared last year after he had to carry the load. He wore out at the end of the year. He wasn’t worth keeping.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Dakota Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 5:02 pm
    Too funny, someone thinks bush wore down the d for McFadden…didn’t bush usually get his carries in the late third, early fourth quarters at the beginning of last year? Lmao
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    What do you mean someone you fuk’n diqhead living in Dakota!
    My name is ENGLANDRAIDER!

  • Just Fire Baby

    I get what you’re saying, but it’s hard not to cringe at the 97 points allowed stat.

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

    Cringe, absolutely. It was awful. Especially the last drive of the first half, that was beyond pitiful.

  • Just Fire Baby

    But the stats aspect of last game, is just part of the times. This is the scoring-passing era.

    I don’t think Cam Newton had the greatest rookie season ever, I think Dalton’s year was better, and I don’t think Brady Anderson had the best year ever for a leadoff hitter.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 5:07 pm
    Dakota Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 5:02 pm
    Too funny, someone thinks bush wore down the d for McFadden…didn’t bush usually get his carries in the late third, early fourth quarters at the beginning of last year? Lmao
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    What do you mean someone you fuk’n diqhead living in Dakota!
    My name is ENGLANDRAIDER!
    —–
    Mr. England, go back to watching soccer.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    It’s true, Bush left because he wanted to.
    There was nothing that McKenzie could do about it because Hue left the team with no money and no picks.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 5:08 pm
    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 5:07 pm
    Dakota Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 5:02 pm
    Too funny, someone thinks bush wore down the d for McFadden…didn’t bush usually get his carries in the late third, early fourth quarters at the beginning of last year? Lmao
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    What do you mean someone you fuk’n diqhead living in Dakota!
    My name is ENGLANDRAIDER!
    —–
    Mr. England, go back to watching soccer.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    What are you dikhed, MRS Dakota?

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Dakota,

    Baylor 7
    K State 0

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Forget bush. We had ZERO money at the time and he was not worth that 3 yr 9 million dollar contract.

    Goodson b4 injury was more then capable and had a btter YPC

    BUSH 80 carries 297 yards 3.7 ypc 3 TDS

    GOODSON 17 carries 111 yards 6.8 ypc 43 yard Longest run.

    Not even half the carries as bush.. but if he did he would be more then enough

  • Dakota

    Someone must have had is ugly crooked yellowed English teeth pulled today and is unhappy with his government issued dentures!

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    For an Englishman, your grammar is pretty piss poor. Are you a Cockney?

  • VaRaiderNation

    Cringe, absolutely. It was awful. Especially the last drive of the first half, that was beyond pitiful.
    __________

    Our offense could’ve kept us in that game. But the defense and special teams had to piss in the koolaid. With all the issues this team has the D is the absolute worst.

  • Gdog

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    The offensive line Albert-or MR, or whatever the fuk your real name is-is a totally different subject.
    ——
    Then why does it matter if we have Bush or not. He would just be running up the middle for 2 yards every carry. He disappeared last year after he had to carry the load. He wore out at the end of the year. He wasn’t worth keeping.
    >>>>

    Actually his problem was that teams figured out he didn’t have the burst to be effective on the corners so all everyone did was stick 8 in the box.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Dakota Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 5:10 pm
    Someone must have had is ugly crooked yellowed English teeth pulled today and is unhappy with his government issued dentures!

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    LOL!
    No, I still have my ugly yellowed teeth.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    If Allen does get fired, I wouldn’t mind seeing Stanford coach David Shaw hired. He was an assistant with the Raiders and is Willie Shaw’s son.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 5:11 pm
    For an Englishman, your grammar is pretty piss poor. Are you a Cockney?

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    So let me get this straight MR/Albert/whatever the fuk your name is….
    According to you, the level of your education is dependent upon where you come from?

  • Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure

    VaRaiderNation Says: Carson Palmer tied the franchise record last week with 15 consecutive 200+ yd games. Better believe he’s breaking that record tomorrow.======

    He11, Palmer would break 200 yd.s with a bad OC, no protection and unreliable receivers. Oh, wait…never mind.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Just so we’re clear, I’m not saying that Bush was a starting running back at all.
    The guy was rarely in shape and got worse the longer the game and the season went on.

  • VaRaiderNation

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 5:17 pm
    If Allen does get fired, I wouldn’t mind seeing Stanford coach David Shaw hired. He was an assistant with the Raiders and is Willie Shaw’s son.
    __________

    I think we will see DA on the sidelines again next year, sure as hell hope some of these assistants take a walk, though. I don’t like DA’s lack of emotion, and I obviously don’t like losing. But as crazy as it may sound I’m still on the fence about him. If we did bring in someone else. I would hope for a big name, a proven coach (NOT Andy Reid). Really wanted Jeff Fisher last year and we see what he’s doing in St. Louis.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Allen is not going to get fired.
    On the other hand, Shaw is one damn good coach.

  • Plunketthead

    Dakota
    Darren pumpkinhead McFadden reminds me of that tinman on Oz who wanted a heart. If pumpkinhead had heart and average calves he could be an above average RB

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 5:17 pm
    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 5:11 pm
    For an Englishman, your grammar is pretty piss poor. Are you a Cockney?

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

    So let me get this straight MR/Albert/whatever the fuk your name is….
    According to you, the level of your education is dependent upon where you come from?
    —–
    What? No, I just figured you were an uneducated Cockney like Eliza Doolittle.

  • VaRaiderNation

    Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure Says:

    He11, Palmer would break 200 yd.s with a bad OC, no protection and unreliable receivers. Oh, wait…never mind.
    _________

    lol You know it

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    New post y’all.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 5:17 pm
    If Allen does get fired, I wouldn’t mind seeing Stanford coach David Shaw hired. He was an assistant with the Raiders and is Willie Shaw’s son.

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

    DA’s not going anywhere. Shaw could make an interesting candidate, though.