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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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  • Marks hair

    Branch is weak sauce

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Charlie Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:47 am
    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!
    ______________________

    Good insight! Larry Fitz or Calvin Johnson wouldn’t hurt though. You also left out Tim Brown

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Guest123 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:50 am
    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.
    __________________

    LOL… I kicked a trash can

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Show me what ya got, what ya got Raji…

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Charlie Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:39 am

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

    cable is a decent position coach nothing more.

    sucked as an oc and sucked as a head coach

    end of story

  • Charlie

    Reign

    Johnson and Fitz are not good enough to turn around the fortunes of their teams. WR’s on their own are not difference makers. They need many complementary pieces.

    Whether you like it or not the lines(and backers to an extent) will be our focus with our top three picks for the next two years. We will do that to build a core and start controlling the lines. The results will be wins.
    9 of your starting 22 (41%) plays exclusively in the box.
    OLines create time and space. Dlines destroy time and space.
    THAT IS WHAT THE GAME IS ABOUT. The rest of the pieces fill in the gaps. (See Johnson and Fitz).
    We need to build through the draft and expend enough high round draft picks on lineman to ensure superior line play. The way the Raiders used to do it.
    We have 10 years of evidence to show that what we have been doing DOES NOT WORK!

  • Charlie

    Mistic

    Very limited insight.
    Perhaps you could share some supporting evidence as opposed to simply emotional conjecture.

  • guest123

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

    Thanks Reggie.

    ********

    I predict the second half will be mostly garbage time.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    8RaiderReign8 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Mistic….

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

    lol

    I say palmer stinks i get in return “talk about something else”

    I say allen stinks in return i get “Talk about something else”

    not sure if you know this but those are very important post in football hc and qb

    we suck in both areas

    plain honest truth

  • DennisAllensVisor

    The biggest reason we are what we are is the pass rush and Oline.

    Period.

    Spit all the agenda filled rhetoric about the coach/GM you like or dislike, it comes down to the pass rush & Oline.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    guest123 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 12:01 pm
    The Raiders are an 8.5 point underdog to a 5-9 team.

    Thanks Reggie.

    ********

    I predict the second half will be mostly garbage time.

    —-

    4-10 vs 5-9..

    Brother, the whole game is garbage time.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    You cant say Dennis Allen sucks 14 games into the first season as a HC.

    You just cant.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    I mean, you can.

    But then we would know you are an agenda filled, ignorant fan boy.

    :)

  • guest123

    Well at least I can get some garbage time fantasy points from Streater and Carolina’s kicker hopefully. Won’t be a total loss.

  • Marks hair

    Dav i was right about d12 .. the kid only has one post move.. that same old spin where he brings the ball down to get stripped by anyone who reads a scouting report.. without his hops hes pretty inefective.. really really needs to work on his offense…

  • guest123

    mean, you can.

    But then we would know you are an agenda filled, ignorant fan boy.

    ********
    Interesting take. We can debate all we want call him names like titty monkey and whatnot. But at the end of the day (DA’s favorite catchphrase), he’s the HC going into next training camp.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Charlie Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Mistic

    Very limited insight.
    Perhaps you could share some supporting evidence as opposed to simply emotional conjecture.
    ———-

    were you not here when he coached in oakland?

    he was a decent line coach

    when he called the offense they were awful

    he was 17-27 as the head coach here

    his total body of work as a head coach is 28-62?!?!?!

    I guess people that say he is a good head coach would also view palmers 8-16 and 37 turn overs as “good” as well.

    smh

    as a head coach

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Marks hair Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 12:05 pm
    Dav i was right about d12 .. the kid only has one post move.. that same old spin where he brings the ball down to get stripped by anyone who reads a scouting report.. without his hops hes pretty inefective.. really really needs to work on his offense…

    —-

    Kid isnt even close to being 100% and is still putting up monster numbers.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    The reason we have no pass rush is because we let our only pass rusher walk without attempting to restructure his contract and then replacing him with NO ONE.

    Why have the Raiders scored only three rushing TD’s all season?

    Because Reggie let our best running back walk without offering him a big enough contract to convince him to stay and replacing him with NO ONE.

    How many rushing TD’s does Mike Bush have alone this season?

    It’s on Reggie.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    I hope he fails.

    But D12 isnt the one move pony he was early in his career.

    BSPN pushed that angle for so long that people still think its true.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 12:09 pm
    The reason we have no pass rush is because we let our only pass rusher walk without attempting to restructure his contract and then replacing him with NO ONE.

    Why have the Raiders scored only three rushing TD’s all season?

    Because Reggie let our best running back walk without offering him a big enough contract to convince him to stay and replacing him with NO ONE.

    How many rushing TD’s does Mike Bush have alone this season?

    It’s on Reggie.

    —-

    That might be the steamiest pile of crap typed on this blog in weeks!..

    Congrats man.

  • Marks hair

    No doubt hes a freak.. but just like shaq or iverson, if he has a booboo that slows him down he cant score 1on1..

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Marks hair Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 12:12 pm
    No doubt hes a freak.. but just like shaq or iverson, if he has a booboo that slows him down he cant score 1on1..

    —-

    LOL.. nice..

    Lets remember he had no off-season to train with the back surgery and all..

    Not like he was out bowling and stuff…

  • guest123

    The 2012 season was a big disappointment and a lot of us bought a bill of preseason goods that weren’t tied to reality.

    Reggie knew the score in free agency and mostly stayed away from it. He’s got cap hell to deal with and this has to be unwrapped carefully before we can recover.

    The only thing that would make me call for Reggie’s head is if the team quit on DA. But I think the team is still trying hard despite being outgunned.

    You guys wanting Reggie fired already aren’t seeing the bigger picture. Who out there qualified for a GM gig would come to Oakland and knowing the financial situation he’s stepping into. So if not Reggie, then who? Give some names and then give some incentives.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Mike Bush 5 rushing TD’s this season

    2012 Oakland Raiders 3 rushing TD’s

    Smooth move Reggie.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    I find it awesome how everyone was clowning us and making us out as huge losers in the 4 team D12 trade.. How we were dumb for not getting Bynum… Now look.

    WE WON. :)

    Rob Hennigan > Your GM.

  • guest123

    Isn’t Mike Bush on IR?

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Yes.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    guest123 Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 12:14 pm
    The 2012 season was a big disappointment and a lot of us bought a bill of preseason goods that weren’t tied to reality.

    Reggie knew the score in free agency and mostly stayed away from it. He’s got cap hell to deal with and this has to be unwrapped carefully before we can recover.

    The only thing that would make me call for Reggie’s head is if the team quit on DA. But I think the team is still trying hard despite being outgunned.

    You guys wanting Reggie fired already aren’t seeing the bigger picture. Who out there qualified for a GM gig would come to Oakland and knowing the financial situation he’s stepping into. So if not Reggie, then who? Give some names and then give some incentives.

    —-

    They cant.

    They have no names for GM.

    And all they can say for HC is Gruden.

    Peeing in the wind.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    He still has two more rushing TD’s than our entire team.

  • Marks hair

    No doubt hes hurt.. just saying he has 2 tricks.. spin move and jump hi.lol. we’ll send him to work with hakim or jabbar..

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Mr. Polian.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Mike Bush is gonna get cut by the Bears this off-season.

    He had a great year though… *Shooter McGavin voice*

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Marks hair Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 12:17 pm
    No doubt hes hurt.. just saying he has 2 tricks.. spin move and jump hi.lol. we’ll send him to work with hakim or jabbar..

    —-

    Bro.

    He’s worked with Hakeem.

    He has a left and right hook. He has been using it for 2 years.

    Youtube it.

    That BSPN line is old news man.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Reggie didn’t stay away from FA. He failed to sign any players.

    He tried. He didn’t offer enough money to players like Porter and others, so they signed else where.

    Reggie will have the same problem this season.

    No one wants to sign with a 4-12 team unless you over pay.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

  • Marks hair

    I would hire a monkey in a little suit before id let krapp back in the building..

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Dwight grew up left handed, broke his wrist and had to learn everything right handed.

    Hes ambidex…you know the word. LOL.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    No one said he had a great year. But he did have more rushing TD’s than our entire team.

    That is not good.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 12:21 pm
    Reggie didn’t stay away from FA. He failed to sign any players.

    He tried. He didn’t offer enough money to players like Porter and others, so they signed else where.

    Reggie will have the same problem this season.

    No one wants to sign with a 4-12 team unless you over pay.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

    —-

    WE DIDNT/DONT HAVE ANY MONEY!!

    Is it that hard to understand?!?

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 12:22 pm
    No one said he had a great year. But he did have more rushing TD’s than our entire team.

    That is not good.

    —-

    They happened to make it to the goal line more than us.

    Whoopy.

  • theghostronin79

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 12:04 pm
    I mean, you can.

    But then we would know you are an agenda filled, ignorant fan boy.

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

    Dude….Folks were saying DA sucked after like 3 games.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    They made it to the goal line more than us because we $UCK.

    How many times did we make it to the goal line the season before Reggie took over?

    It’s on Reggie.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 12:27 pm
    They made it to the goal line more than us because we $UCK.

    How many times did we make it to the goal line the season before Reggie took over?

    It’s on Reggie.

    —-

    LOL.

  • Marks hair

    Bspn? I watch every laker game.. if he has a hook, its super inconsistant.. Meanwhile Kobe Bryant has added a beautiful sky hook.. haven’t missed 1 yet this season I think he’s 5 for 5. If D12 could hit some free throws his other deficiencies would be hard to notice..

  • DennisAllensVisor

    So much logic fail in this place.

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Dr. Hunter

    Wimbley sucks and wasnt worth the money. Look at what he’s done in Tennessee

    Bush wasn’t worth keeping. Just look at Goodson

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    The reason we didn’t have any money is because Reggie spent millions on free agent BUSTS like Mike Briesel, Bartell and Spencer.

    It’s on Reggie.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Marks hair Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 12:28 pm
    Bspn? I watch every laker game.. if he has a hook, its super inconsistant.. Meanwhile Kobe Bryant has added a beautiful sky hook.. haven’t missed 1 yet this season I think he’s 5 for 5. If D12 could hit some free throws his other deficiencies would be hard to notice..

    —-

    Bingo.

    His problem is at the line. And only there.

    Google “dwight howard no moves myth”

    Dwight has been in a Faker uniform for what? 20 games..

    I think I might have watched him play a little more than others… :)

    Your welcome.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 12:29 pm
    The reason we didn’t have any money is because Reggie spent millions on free agent BUSTS like Mike Briesel, Bartell and Spencer.

    It’s on Reggie.

    —-

    LOL!!!!!

    Please, keep going… you cant pay for entertainment like this while at work..

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Reggie signed Mike Brisel to a whopping 5 year 20 million dollar contract.

    That was not smart.