Strong safety Tyvon Branch returned to practice today, and he now factors into the mix for the Raiders game plan against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Branch is battling ankle and neck issues of late. If he can’t play Sunday against the Chiefs or he aggravates an injury, Mike Mitchell will take his place.
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour is the only player unable to practice today. Therefore, it’s likely that he won’t play Sunday and miss a sixth straight game.
Seymour suffered a hamstring injury against the Buccaneers on Nov. 4 and hasn’t played since that day. He returned to practice this week, only to suffer a “setback” Thursday, in coach Dennis Allen’s words.
— Still no official word from the Raiders on whether Sunday’s game sold enough tickets for the game to be televised locally.
The Raiders were granted a one-day extension by the league, which bodes well for the Raiders selling at least 85 percent of the tickets needed to avert a blackout.
Six of Oakland’s first seven regular-season home games were televised locally. The only game that failed to sell enough tickets was the one against the Browns on Dec. 2.
Fourteen of the past 15 home games were televised locally.
— Interesting item from ESPN’s Adam Schefter today:
Schefter said the Seattle Seahakws MVP jsut might be assistant head coach Tom Cable. Yes, that Tom Cable.
Here’s what Schefter wrote:
“Ask any Seattle player, and he will speak of how important Cable has been. He has helped give Seattle its physical mindset. (Running back Marshawn) Lynch even waited for reassurance that Cable would be back for 2012 before he agreed to re-sign.”
Schefter opined that Cable is on track to be considered for another head coaching gig in the NFL based on the wonders he has worked with the Seahawks.