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Branch returns to practice, still hobbled

By Steve Corkran
Friday, December 21st, 2012 at 11:17 am in Oakland Raiders.

Strong safety Tyvon Branch is back at practice today after missing the past two days. However, it’s obvious that his sore ankle isn’t anywhere near full strength.
We’ll know more in about an hour whether Branch is going to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers after speaking with coach Dennis Allen.
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour is not practicing once again. Therefore, it’s likely that he won’t play Sunday and miss his seventh straight game.
If so, Desmond Bryant will start in place of Seymour.
If Branch can’t play or aggravates his injury in the game, Mike Mitchell will take his place in the starting lineup.
Everyone else looks good to go for Sunday’s game, including cornerback Phillip Adams, who is fresh from suffering his second concussion of the season.
Adams is working at cornerback and fielding punts, too.

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  • DennisAllensVisor

    :)

  • DennisAllensVisor

    IR Seymour and call up Brandon Bair from the PS..

    See what he can do..

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Trade the Menace to Victory!

  • guest123

    Anyone of note available?

    I cut bait on him for Prater in a league.

    I dont think he goose eggs it, but im not as confident as I was in him getting +10 points..

    *********

    Nobody really. I was thinking of picking up the Carolina kicker. Should be good weather and I expect another Raider asswhupping.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    DJ Johnny Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:18 am
    28.DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:10 am
    Gotta figure out what base D we will run next year.

    4-3 with some 3-4 or…. 3-4 with some 4-3.

    Dennis, If you think we were 3 CP int’s away from being 7-7, is it would suggest a little tweak here or there and we’re right in the thick of things next yr.

    Is this your thought?

    —-

    No sir.

    Regardless of being 7-7 or not, we arent that close to being a perrenial playoff team.

    That is the goal. Not to make the playoffs 1 year. Make it mulitple years.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    guest123 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:21 am
    Anyone of note available?

    I cut bait on him for Prater in a league.

    I dont think he goose eggs it, but im not as confident as I was in him getting +10 points..

    *********

    Nobody really. I was thinking of picking up the Carolina kicker. Should be good weather and I expect another Raider asswhupping.

    —-

    That is actually a decent pick up..

    Somehow I think Lou Murphy will put up a good game also..

  • guest123

    Likelhood we have already seen the last time Seymour suits up in a Raider uniform?

    I say 99.9 percent. What do you think?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    dr_robert Says:…….
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:56 am
    ===========

    ah never mind, it makes no difference what this cross posting racist piece of shidd says

  • DennisAllensVisor

    guest123 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:24 am
    Likelhood we have already seen the last time Seymour suits up in a Raider uniform?

    I say 99.9 percent. What do you think?

    —-

    yep..

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    hmmmm DOM CAPERS?

    who runs the offense? maybe we can lure dana holgerson or find one of the coordinators that run the option hybrids in college

  • guest123

    I still can’t believe I’m going to start Rod Streater with the big money on the line over DMo17. But Moore just isn’t playing right lately. I don’t know if its that he’s not focused, or mailing it in already. But Streater seems to have the want-to.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Brandon Bair need to get a looksy..

    6’7″ 280, DE/DT…

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    big makc takes a lot of crap and righfully so, the coaching staff no competitoin for palmer, those were major gaffs.

    However i think he did find a couple of nice players, streater seems like he can be a decent player, goodson makes a solid back up.

    He has to jump off the allen train though.

    Allen is sinking like a stone, and taking the team with him

    he is worse than cable at this point and that is pretty bad

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Who is the offensive coordinator at clemson?

    what about gus mahlzahn?

  • 8RaiderReign8

    4-3 with some 3-4 or…. 3-4 with some 4-3.
    _____________________

    Were still a 4-3 team as composed for 2 reasons.

    1) We dont have 3-4 LBs. This problem takes time to make it legit
    2) We dont have the 3-4 DT

    —-

    Burnett, Burris are 3-4 LBs.. Wheeler is my only question..

    And yep… McClain is still a Raider… 3-4 ILB.

    And as far as the “NT”..

    Ricky Jean-Francois, as I have been suggesting, solves that as a FA.
    _________________________

    McClain is gone so we need 3 pieces before this idea has any wings. Also, THERE’S NO DEPTH AT THIS FORMATION. We cannot count on FA’s coming to Oakland because it isnt a desired destination

    8RaiderReign8 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:22 am
    It would help if we could get Star at DT, but we need to lose out in order to make that a reality

  • Charlie

    The only two lineman on this list that come back are Bryant and Carter. The rest are gone. Thank goodness.

    I can see nothing but lineman and maybe ONE DB IN THIS YEAR’S DRAFT.

    There are a few keepers like Wheeler and Adams on the lsit but the rest will test the market.

    Kelly is the last really bad value on this team. If we draft well Kelly will not start next year (see Seymour). I am sure McClain gets cut since no one will offer us even a cup of coffee in a deal. Lechler and Leinart will be gone as well.

    Need more first and second round picks. That happens in 2014.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:26 am
    guest123 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:24 am
    Likelhood we have already seen the last time Seymour suits up in a Raider uniform?

    I say 99.9 percent. What do you think?

    —-

    yep..
    _______________

    How much are we on the hook for if he doesnt retire and we cut him?

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Panthers 38 Raiders 13

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Charlie Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:31 am
    The only two lineman on this list that come back are Bryant and Carter. The rest are gone. Thank goodness.

    I can see nothing but lineman and maybe ONE DB IN THIS YEAR’S DRAFT.

    There are a few keepers like Wheeler and Adams on the lsit but the rest will test the market.

    Kelly is the last really bad value on this team. If we draft well Kelly will not start next year (see Seymour). I am sure McClain gets cut since no one will offer us even a cup of coffee in a deal. Lechler and Leinart will be gone as well.

    Need more first and second round picks. That happens in 2014.
    ______________________

    I do like Shaughnessy, but he is really only serviceable as a back-up/run stuffing DE

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:33 am
    Panthers 38 Raiders 13

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.
    ________________

    Dude……. Reggies’s going nowhere

  • DennisAllensVisor

    8RaiderReign8 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:32 am
    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:26 am
    guest123 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:24 am
    Likelhood we have already seen the last time Seymour suits up in a Raider uniform?

    I say 99.9 percent. What do you think?

    —-

    yep..
    _______________

    How much are we on the hook for if he doesnt retire and we cut him?

    —-

    ZERO.

    Apparently there was some language in the contract that makes it void at the end of this season.

    You can thank Reggie later. :)

  • guest123

    Panthers 38 Raiders 13

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

    ********

    That’s minimum 8 pts for the Carolina kicker right there! I’m thinking of picking him up!

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Shaughnessy needs to be made into the mold of Justin Smith.

    A 3-4 DE.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    I beleiev there are sevearl hc’s and coordinaotrs that would reperesent a genuiune “instant upgrade”.

    i think there are some peices on this team now that can win and produce better than 4-10

    replace the head coach

    chip kelly, marc trestman, perry fewel, dom capers

    if we just go for an oc

    try to get gus mahlzahn, dana holgerson, chad morris

    Bring someomn that can do something with all of this wonderful spped on offense.

    pryor dmac moore dhb reece streetr ausbury jones

    Any fool could see a little misdirection, a few play fakes could give the defense a half second pause is enough of a lane for any of the guys i just mentioned to get to the endzone.

  • Raider Riff

    MiamiRaider78 Says:
    December 20th, 2012 at 7:13 pm
    “I’ll take Pryor over Cam 10 times out of 10″

    ?

    Based off of stats or Madden 13?

    ———-

    Do you and Eastoaklander really not understand my rationale behind that stance?

    I explained it in pretty good detail why I like Pryor.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Score?

  • DutchRaider77

    @Mistic1

    Do you really think Reggie is going to fire DA?

    Not saying he shouldn’t, but taking in account of the Raider history, do you think he will?

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Pryor over Cam?

    Id like to hear this one…

    Proceed.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    ZERO.

    Apparently there was some language in the contract that makes it void at the end of this season.

    You can thank Reggie later.
    _______________________

    And these people say Reggie is a bad GM. He’s has made a lot of good decisions and has only really made 1 long-term whiff… Branch’s contract

  • DennisAllensVisor

    8RaiderReign8 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:36 am
    ZERO.

    Apparently there was some language in the contract that makes it void at the end of this season.

    You can thank Reggie later.
    _______________________

    And these people say Reggie is a bad GM. He’s has made a lot of good decisions and has only really made 1 long-term whiff… Branch’s contract

    —-

    Id hold off on calling that a whiff too.

    You wont find 1 person in the NFL that says Branch isnt a ‘player’.

    He hasnt been perfect but he has all the tools you want in a safety.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Mistic….

    DA and Reggie aint going nowhere. Get over it. Talk about something more rational

  • Charlie

    Mistic

    Cable is pretty bad??????

    Take a look at Seattle’s top two picks in the last six drafts and you will see that 9 OF THE 12 PICKS WERE TAKEN ON IN THE BOX PLAYERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mr. Davis would not let that happen. That was Cable’s preference all along and he said so in interviews. I watched them. It is a primary reason he was not retained.
    FURTHER, YOU THINK CABLE WAS A BUFFOON. WRONG AGAIN. HE OBVIOUSLY IS A KEY PART OF SEATTLE’S TURNAROUND!!!!!!!
    “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.

    Why is it always the coaches with you guys??

    Are you old enough to remember when the Raiders actually had talented players? Do you know what that looks like???? Talented teams do not get b*tch slapped on the line of scrimmage for a decade due to bad coaching with seven different staffs over a decade.

    HINT; GET BETTER PLAYERS

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Reggie had quite a few whiffs in free agency.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Id hold off on calling that a whiff too.

    You wont find 1 person in the NFL that says Branch isnt a ‘player’.

    He hasnt been perfect but he has all the tools you want in a safety.
    ___________________________

    I say that because it he had franchised him we would have seen his stock fall after his play this year.

    For a guy that can play he hasnt made many “plays”

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Reggie had quite a few whiffs in coaching hires.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Reggie had quite a few whiffs in the draft.

  • rudegruden

    Raider Riff Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:35 am
    MiamiRaider78 Says:
    December 20th, 2012 at 7:13 pm
    “I’ll take Pryor over Cam 10 times out of 10″

    ?

    Based off of stats or Madden 13?

    ———-

    Do you and Eastoaklander really not understand my rationale behind that stance?

    I explained it in pretty good detail why I like Pryor.

    —————

    Pryor over Cam…ummmm ok….

    Cam dominated College, had a very impressive rookie year (breaking passing records). Agreed he is having a Sophmore slump.

    Pryor struggled against good and even decent college teams, has looked horrible except for one good run and pass during preseason. Looks completely lost on most downs.

    You think Pryor is better because he has a better arm??? Wow, just wow…

  • guest123

    I’ll agree that it’s waaay too early to say the Branch deal was bad. Some saying comes to mind about draining swamps and alligators and I’m sympathetic to the situation Branch is in. Not going to say he didn’t crap the bed on multiple occasions though. Just that some of that frustration of playing with street free agent quality corners has to take its toll.

    Still, Branch is on notice and should be.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    HINT; GET BETTER PLAYERS
    ______________________

    Yeah the Raiders have been longing for real football players for years. Remember when Fargus was our starting RB?

  • Charlie

    I think Reign 8 and east oak are the only guys that get it.
    I am guessing they remember how the great Raider teams of the 60′s,70′s and 80′s were built and that superior line play solves many problems.
    Something we have lacked since 2002.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:40 am
    Reggie had quite a few whiffs in coaching hires.
    _________________________

    Technically Reggie only hired 1 coach

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    The Raiders are an 8.5 point underdog to a 5-9 team.

    Thanks Reggie.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Ive been calling for pass rush & Oline for the off-season the past 2 years.

  • RaidingTexas

    guest123 Says:

    Likelhood we have already seen the last time Seymour suits up in a Raider uniform?

    I say 99.9 percent. What do you think?

    —————————————-

    Let’s hope.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Reggie hired Knapp.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Guest123 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:42 am
    I’ll agree that it’s waaay too early to say the Branch deal was bad. Some saying comes to mind about draining swamps and alligators and I’m sympathetic to the situation Branch is in. Not going to say he didn’t crap the bed on multiple occasions though. Just that some of that frustration of playing with street free agent quality corners has to take its toll.

    Still, Branch is on notice and should be.
    ____________________

    Good point. He looked a lot better with his corners from last year. Although they werent that great either.

    Maybe it was growing pains learning the D scheme. It will be interesting if we still see Tarver next year.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:45 am
    Ive been calling for pass rush & Oline for the off-season the past 2 years.
    ___________________

    You and me both. I wanted Raji

  • Charlie

    The way the Raiders became a power was by building the lines with high picks then getting someone to carry the ball with later picks.
    Perhaps that was more Ron Wolf than Mr Davis but that is the way we did it;
    Hewritt Dixon 8th round by Denver
    Clem Daniels Free Agent
    Hubbard 11th round
    Van Eegahn 3rd round
    Clarence Davis 4th round
    Banaszak 5th round
    Charlie Smith 4th round
    Don Highsmith 13th round
    The only high round picks we invested on a RB in the history of the Raiders were Allen 1st, Kaufman 1st Bell 2nd and DMAC 1st.
    Even Bo was a 7th rounder because of his two sport option.
    Point is the game has not changed. REPEAT. IT HAS NOT CHANGED.
    Why do you think PEYTON PICKED THE BRONCOS? THEY WERE 6TH IN THE LEAGUE IN RUSHING LAST YEAR AND 4TH IN TEAM DEFENSE!!!!!!!!
    Build the lines and half the people on this blog could get yardage.
    The reclamation project success that Oakland had was a result of Upsahw, Shell, Otto, Dalby, Mosebar, Lawrence, Marvin etc. NOT COACHING OR MONEY OR MYSTIQUE!

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:46 am
    Reggie hired Knapp.
    _________________

    It doesnt matter who hired him. It matters if he’s still on the team. Something about learning from your mistakes.

    However, if Knapp stays and the O improves next year you gotta give it to Reggie for sticking with his guns.

  • guest123

    I wanted Raji too. I threw up a little in my mouth when DHB slapped on a Raider cap right before the pick was announced.