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Palmer nursing sore thumb, McFadden ready to give it a go

Quarterback Carson Palmer was limited in practice today as a result of sore right thumb. This came as a bit of a surprise, given Palmer practiced full tilt the day before.
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said Palmer hurt his thumb against the Bengals last Sunday. Even so, he is “100 percent confident” that Palmer will be ready to play this Sunday against the Browns.
Coach Dennis Allen didn’t sound as certain.
“He took all his reps (Wednesday),” Allen said. “Today, his thumb was a little sore. We limited his reps. He’s another one we’ll have to see as we go through the remainder of the week where he’s at.”
If Palmer can’t play or if he gets injured in the game, it will be Matt Leinart who takes over and not second-year player Terrelle Pryor, who is expected to be on the active roster for the first time in 12 games this season.
Leinart said he is eager to make his Raiders debut and play for the first time since he suffered a broken left collarbone. He received all the reps with the first-team offense Thursday.
“I’m super competitive and want to get on the field any way I can,” Leinart said. “I just love the game. So, with that being said, I just got to keep preparing, just keep studying like I have been because I’m still one play away from being in there. But, yeah, everyone wants to play, everyone wants to get on the field. That’s all I can really do is just control the way I work and prepare.”
Leinart is signed through the end of this season. He sounded like a guy that wouldn’t mind coming back to the Raiders.
“It’s awesome because there’s so much tradition here, there’s so many great players that have played here,” Leinart said. “Growing up, I was a Raiders fan, so it was silver and black, my family grew up being Raider fans. … It’s been an honor to play for the Raiders. I don’t know what’s going to happen next year but I love playing for this team.”
Leinart said fans need to be patient with what the Raiders are going through. He likes what he sees in Allen and general manger Reggie McKenzie and feels as if better times are coming.
“It’s a building process, step by step,” Leinart said. “I really think that it’s going to be a special place to be. When? You never know. You just keep building and building. But he’s got the right message for us, coach Allen. Guys have bought in, guys are working hard, guys are playing hard. We’re not getting the results on Sunday, but it’s a process.”

– Running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson were limited in practice today for the second straight day.
Given they are returning from high-ankle sprains that forced them to miss the past three games, Knapp said he expects regular fullback Marcel Reece to be used primarily as a halfback Sunday against the Browns.
Knapp said it’s likely that McFadden and Goodson will need more time to get back into football shape. Therefore, if they play, they will be eased back in to the mix.
“There’s still a little work I have to do,” McFadden said. “But for the most part, I’m getting back to being me.”
McFadden said he isn’t sure what to expect once he gets back on the field.
“The only thing I can do is go out there and play football,” McFadden said. “I don’t know how it’s going to be. I’m just going to go out there and do what I do every down and play ball.”

– Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain and Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson were teammates at Alabama for one season.
Richardson said he is looking forward to seeing McClain again. Well, that’s not apt to happen now in light of McClain being excused from practice Wednesday and told not to show up for practice Thursday by coach Dennis Allen.
Therefore, the primary task Sunday of trying to slow down Richardson in the run game falls to McClain’s replacement, Omar Gaither. Richardson has rushed for 755 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games for the Browns.
Richardson said he grew up idolizing Raiders running back Darren McFadden and later idolized McClain after watching him play at Alabama.
“From what I see and from what I’ve been told, the Raiders have a good team, especially Rolando McClain,” Richardson said in a conference call with Bay Area media. “Obviously, I look up to him a lot. He was a captain for me at Alabama when I was a freshman. He was one of my idols I looked up to as a leader on the team.”
Richardson added that McClain has had a “good impact” in his three NFL seasons. It’s worth noting that coach Allen replaced McClain in the nickel package in favor of rookie Miles Burris earlier this season.
“A lot of people sleep on Rolando because I don’t think they give him (as) much media as Oakland should,” Richardson said. “At Alabama, he got a lot of media and stuff. He has had a good impact. Will it be more? Yes, it will be because that’s Rolando.
“I know how Rolando trains and how Rolando prepares for the games. But how I see it, it’s not all about Rolando. He has to get a lot more help. He has to get a lot more help from the defensive (standpoint) for him to be a good, successful player, and for the whole team to stand up.”
If so, it likely won’t be for the Raiders.

– When the Browns lost to the Raiders at the Coliseum last season it kicked off a losing skid away from Browns Stadium that stands at 12 games and counting. The Browns are 0-5 on the road so far this season.
When asked for a common theme in those losses, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said:
“Yeah, we’ve slept the night before in a hotel.”
He then added:
“I don’t know. The theme for me as this year has gone on is, we haven’t really been able to finish a game. Each game is a different story. We were behind in some and came back and went ahead and then lost. We were ahead and let them come back.
“The big thing for us is prepare yourself for the road venue whatever it is, crowd noise or what not, and then go play the game. If you overthink that … We lost a few games at home, too. If you overthink that, then now you start to build in you play differently if you play at 1 o’clock then 4 o’clock. That’s just not the way I want to do it.”
The Raiders aren’t much better. They are 1-5 on the road this season and they have lost their past nine games played in the Eastern Time Zone.

– Former Cal offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz has started all 11 games at offensive tackle for the Browns. He was their second-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
“He’s done a nice job for us,” Shurmur said. “He’s kind of established himself as a guy, he doesn’t say much but he goes out and he battles. Even our older players will tell you, he’s one of the most studious and the smartest of our guys up front. He’s making good progress. If he stays on track here, he has a chance to be a good player in this league for a long time.”

– McFadden went down with a high-ankle sprain after 170 touches in eight games this season. Richardson is still going strong after 250 rushes and receptions through 11 games.
He said he hasn’t hit the so-called wall that typically undoes many rookies accustomed to playing 12 or 13 games in college.
Richardson said he can handle whatever workload the Browns throw his way.
“Oh, yeah, I’m comfortable with it,” Richardson said. “That’s what they brought me here for, why they traded up for me. That’s what I train hard for. That’s one thing I do. I train hard, so I can get prepared every week for 22 carries or more. Whatever they have in store for me, I’m here for it.”

– The Browns have been in almost every game this season. Like the Raiders, they are struggling to find a way to win the close games.
Richardson came from an Alabama program that won most, if not all, of its game on an annual basis. He said he knows the key to winning games.
“Oh, yeah, you got to start fast, man, you got to finish strong,” Richardson said. “That’s something that coach (Nick) Saban always stressed, finish strong. Being in more condition, being more disciplined. That goes along with it. You got to man up and be more disciplined than the other team and make sure you do everything you can to make the play.”
So, there you have it. The cat is out of the bag.

– The Raiders-Browns game failed to sell enough tickets — at least 85 percent — to avoid a blackout locally. That snapped the string of consecutive games televised locally at 13, dating to the start of the 2011 season.
Allen said it’s incumbent upon the Raiders to play better, win more games and give the fans reason to attend games.
“I’m disappointed in that,” Allen said, “but the only way we can change that is to go out and try to get a win against Cleveland and then hopefully we won’t have to worry about that at any time in the future.”

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  • inonewordraider

    Changing both the players and the coaches next off-season will just make this season and even bigger waste of time IMO.
    _____________
    good post, the risk is keeping the wrong coach/system and being set back another year/s based on draft pics to fit the system. If guys rally together and we show some progress these last five games, i’d be inclined to have hime stay for your reasoning as well. But if we lay a stinker v the chiefs browns carolina or sd….

  • RaidingTexas

    Al_is_theraiders Says:

    rob ryan knows how to use him…DA barely knows how to use a sharpie…

    ——————————–

    Oh right. Because that Dallas defense has been lights out this season. Forget that 28-point 2nd quarter last week. Just an anomaly.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Reggie is too level-headed and patient to turn over his HC and too much of the roster in one hit.

  • Dakota

    Is the presser this morning…..or does this GM sleep until 3pm too?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    anyone remeber hugh culverhouse the old owner of the bucs? He ran than team like a business, made money without even trying to win = reggie mckenzie & mark davis.

  • boss01

    @JayGlazer
    Raiders NOT releasing Rolando McClain, instead however the team has suspended him for conduct detrimental

  • VanHeathen30

    The Bogut Deal continues teh Warriors historically bad luck with Centers…hope he makes it back sometime.

    Will reggies Presser offer sub titles or the English speakers?

  • inonewordraider

    Oh right. Because that Dallas defense has been lights out this season. Forget that 28-point 2nd quarter last week. Just an anomaly
    ____________
    ryan sucks. recent guys that have left here and flourished are stevie brown, chris clemons, randy moss, d’angelo hall (system fit), and bones (whatever his name was) fassell. lot more that sucked like burgess, that big dt we had that went to the pats, chris carr, nnamdi, routt, wimbley, sterling moore, louis murphy, chaz, phil buchannon, andrew walter etc

  • boss01

    @JayGlazer
    Raiders players tell me McClain was informed this morning and they believe the suspension was for more than just this week

  • weaselbit

    who cares whether 2yd average McFad comes back? At least Reece cares.

    Romac will be a great playr elsewhere. That’s how it goes. Players biding their time until they can get out.

    Please cut Seymour and Kelly already. Couple of loafs.

    And if I was in Oakland I wouldn’t pay 80 bucks or whatever to see this. Too painful to watch.

    Disgraceful.

    Started w the bad coaching. Not much team morale left at this point.

    And really all they needed was a new DC.

    I suspected it might be really bad when Wiz abruptly quit. Who would have ever thought it’d be this bad?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    id take ryan anyday and the day before that over tarver…id take him as a coach over DA anytime….

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    #653…

    btw, that’s not necessarily a good thing either. it can be if you’re sure your coach is a good’un to build stability around for 3-5 years. but as this season has also shown, that patience and level-headedness can also mean suffering thru terrible play and coaching for far too long and not making more drastic changes. Too much sitting on hands, and/or too concerned avoiding admitting mistakes.

    or, as has been noted by others, that patience and level-headedness can also lead to questionable personnel moves like PUP’ing Curry, cutting S’oto in order to activate him, losing S’oto to waivers and then cutting Curry the very next game…like not thinking ahead, not a trend-setter, just following formulas or the safe way. A GM and HC need to be more gamblers, try to be ahead of the league curve, innovate etc.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Boss01 Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:03 am
    @JayGlazer
    Raiders players tell me McClain was informed this morning and they believe the suspension was for more than just this week
    —–
    It’s probably for the rest of the year. Then they will release him and get out of paying his contract.

  • RaidingTexas

    Inonewordraider Says:

    ryan sucks. recent guys that have left here and flourished are stevie brown, chris clemons, randy moss, d’angelo hall (system fit), and bones (whatever his name was) fassell. lot more that sucked like burgess, that big dt we had that went to the pats, chris carr, nnamdi, routt, wimbley, sterling moore, louis murphy, chaz, phil buchannon, andrew walter etc

    ———————————————-

    Stevie, yeah, that was a bad one to let go. Randy? He never wanted to be here. He was very upset about the trade. Arrived with a bad attitude. D’Angelo? Not a man-to-man guy. Never understood why Al brought him here. Bad move.

  • inonewordraider

    mcclain has the talent and size to make it in the league and there are examples (zach randolph) of guys who get it later in their career but it’s a good gamble becuase most guys that don’t show the desire at some point in their career never get it

  • boss01

    Romac will be a great playr elsewhere. That’s how it goes. Players biding their time until they can get out.

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

    Yeah he will be a great player for the Allen Wranglers

  • VanHeathen30

    This team has regressed in ALL 3 Phases of the game…
    it’s up to DA and his band of mifits to show some improvement in 1 area before the season ends…
    Don’t talk about penalties cause even though they may be down, thet are coming at the WORST time in the game.

  • weaselbit

    Only good thing about Ryan is that he coaches in Dall-ass.

    I freaking hate Dallas and I love that such an incompetent POS is their DC.

    cue: Nelson laugh.

  • inonewordraider

    actually cowboys are 8th in the league in D, so maybe i’ve watched the wrong cowboy games

  • Raiderbuck
  • weaselbit

    Ryan brothers are a couple of overrated nimrods.

    Period. I love seeing them lose.

    Our D layed down every game under Ryan.

  • Marks hair

    If we tried to trade him hed be gone..

  • The_Judge37

    So the more i think about it, the Raiders need to just waive Rolando and not suspend him. If you do petty things like that just to not pay him, then you run the risk of getting a shady reputation with the rest of the players current and future. If you want to send a message, then just cut him

  • Dakota

    Hope and pray that the Raiders cut Kelly, Huff, Branch, Seymour and McClaaaaame, and that all of them are picked up by division rivals.

  • inonewordraider

    can you believe we’re 25th in the league in total d? there are 7 teams worse than us…

  • inonewordraider

    Dakota Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:13 am
    Hope and pray that the Raiders cut Kelly, Huff, Branch, Seymour and McClaaaaame, and that all of them are picked up by division rivals.
    ___________
    you don’t like huff as a coner?

  • Dakota

    676.inonewordraider Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:14 am
    Dakota Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:13 am
    Hope and pray that the Raiders cut Kelly, Huff, Branch, Seymour and McClaaaaame, and that all of them are picked up by division rivals.
    ___________
    you don’t like huff as a coner?

    ++++++++++

    Are you kidding me? Watch next Thursday’s game and tell me if you still want Huff as our starting CB next year. Looking good against KC, Jax backup, and maybe the Browns is easy for anyone….Huff is toast when up against any legit QB.

  • weaselbit

    Only reason teams don’t score more on us is because they don’t have to. We would be even lower on defense.

    We were lower under Ryan because our offense used to actually score back then. Teams had to take the time to bust through Ryans ever-present late game prevent scheme. Only prevents you from winning.

    Krappy: Call another 2 yarder up the middle and watch Mcfad tiptoe up to defenders and get thrown down.

    and he still gets hurt!

  • Dakota

    Lane fired his dad huh?

    Bummer lol

  • inonewordraider

    Are you kidding me? Watch next Thursday’s game and tell me if you still want Huff as our starting CB next year. Looking good against KC, Jax backup, and maybe the Browns is easy for anyone….Huff is toast when up against any legit QB.
    _____________
    who’s lit him up since the pitt game? troy smith? a.j. green? lance moore?

  • The_Judge37

    Dakota Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:17 am
    676.inonewordraider Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:14 am
    Dakota Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:13 am
    Hope and pray that the Raiders cut Kelly, Huff, Branch, Seymour and McClaaaaame, and that all of them are picked up by division rivals.
    ___________
    you don’t like huff as a coner?

    ++++++++++

    Are you kidding me? Watch next Thursday’s game and tell me if you still want Huff as our starting CB next year. Looking good against KC, Jax backup, and maybe the Browns is easy for anyone….Huff is toast when up against any legit QB.
    ——–

    I’m not a big Huff fan, even at Corner, but he had his best game vs Atlanta

  • boss01

    Vincent Jackson is the only one that has worked Huff so far.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    The_Judge37 Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:12 am
    So the more i think about it, the Raiders need to just waive Rolando and not suspend him. If you do petty things like that just to not pay him, then you run the risk of getting a shady reputation with the rest of the players current and future. If you want to send a message, then just cut him
    —-
    Why is that shady? If he did something stupid, he should be suspended. Hue should have suspended him last season.

  • GreatWhiteRaider

    654.Dakota Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 7:57 am
    Is the presser this morning…..or does this GM sleep until 3pm too?
    ==============================
    lol – hilarious!

    Lots of honourable mentions for sure, but the one where John Herreira wanted to throw down with Tim Kawakami has to be my favourite.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Dakota Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:19 am
    Lane fired his dad huh?

    Bummer lol

    Maybe Monte quit because he couldn’t stand being around his son that much.

  • inonewordraider

    Huff has speed, good size for a corner, has looked good tackling from the corner position, has some pics, and has improved quite a bit. I’ll keep my eye on him but looks promising to me

  • The_Judge37

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:22 am
    The_Judge37 Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:12 am
    So the more i think about it, the Raiders need to just waive Rolando and not suspend him. If you do petty things like that just to not pay him, then you run the risk of getting a shady reputation with the rest of the players current and future. If you want to send a message, then just cut him
    —-
    Why is that shady? If he did something stupid, he should be suspended. Hue should have suspended him last season.

    If he did something stupid, you make an example out of him by cutting him. But being petty just to cost him money is shady and takes away from the tone you’re trying to set. I was all for costing that dummy $$$ but it’s bad for the Front Office reputation

  • weaselbit

    Hard for any corner in this league when there is no pass rush.

    Seymour.

    With tough coaches, you don’t practice – you don’t play.

    How you think the other players feel when he doesn’t ractice all week, but they still play him and he sucks?

    And he’s a loudmouth. For what?
    No game left in Seymour. Just cashing out.

  • The_Judge37

    boss01 Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:22 am
    Vincent Jackson is the only one that has worked Huff so far.
    ——-

    Aside from Atl $ Cincy, he’s giving up at least one huge play in each week. Which is his MO every season.

  • Dakota

    No, you are right, he played well against Atl and Cincy….maybe I withhold judgment until the end of the year for Huff at CB…..I just happened to watch Manning destroy him in Denver and I can’t get that out of my mind.

  • Marks hair

    No we have the worst D in the nfl… look at the points allowed

  • John David Booty

    Dakota Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:19 am
    Lane fired his dad huh?

    Bummer lol
    —————————————————
    Monte and his defense belong in the NFL.

  • weaselbit

    Who doesn’t Manning destroy?

    Raiders can kiss AFC West goodbye as long as Manning keeps it up.

  • boss01

    Raiders didn’t release McClain so he wouldn’t sign with any AFC West teams or any other ones on the schedule. Probably afraid he will divulge the scheme & signals in addition to not wanting to pay him.
    Chickenschytt move.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Regarding Romac, haha. Raider Rockstar and myself were tellin ya all about his lazy play BEFORE he became a Raider. In the Championship game he was jogging. RR would call him Morrison part 2. I’d rather have Morrison. This dude is a chump azz biotch, nothing more and a whole lot less. Anyone makei g excuses for him or thinking he going to be a good player elsewhere, PLEASE! Good riddance clown. Time to call your buddy Jrock for a purple dank party in (as Forrest Gump would say it) ALABAMA!!!

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Monte Kiffin next Raiders DC?..

    :)

    Morning fellas.. And Trolls..

  • Marks hair

    I’d trade Mcslow and all known associates

  • boss01

    690.Dakota Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:26 am
    No, you are right, he played well against Atl and Cincy….maybe I withhold judgment until the end of the year for Huff at CB…..I just happened to watch Manning destroy him in Denver and I can’t get that out of my mind.

    —————

    The Denver game was his first game at corner, and it was against Manning. Since then he has improved.

    Curious to see how he performs the second time around against Manning.

  • raiderjhawk

    I personally think Huff is over rated, always has been. He wasn’t that good at safety and he’s god awful at Corner. In my honest opinion Huff is part of the problem on Defense. If they do anything next year, move him back to safety and get some proven corners in here.

    they can replace Kelly and Seymor as well for all I care. We have a lot of holes to fill…

  • weaselbit

    ALABAMA!

    Sheeeeeeeeeeoooooooooo!