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Palmer hospitalized in Bay Area, out for Chargers game

By Steve Corkran
Monday, December 24th, 2012 at 2:25 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Starting quarterback Carson Palmer spent the night in a local hospital as a result of the broken ribs and bruised lung he suffered from a helmet-to-back hit against the Carolina Panthers.
Coach Dennis Allen said Palmer will not play Sunday in Oakland’s regular-season finale against the San Diego Chargers.
Palmer was taken to Eden Medical Center as soon as the Raiders landed in Oakland on Sunday night, where he spent the night under observation. He was released Monday afternoon.
Veteran Matt Leinart and second-year player Terrelle Pryor will be considered for the starting job against the Chargers, Allen said. Leinart relieved Palmer against the Panthers. Pryor played three snaps.
“Our plan right now is to work both of them this week,” Allen said, “and then we’ll see how practice goes. Later in the week, we’ll be ready to name a starter.”
Allen said the Raiders will not sign another quarterback between now and Sunday’s game. Therefore, punter Shane Lechler will be the No. 3 quarterback.
Palmer on Sunday got drilled from behind by Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy as he prepared to throw a pass from the right side of the field late in the first quarter.
Hardy was penalized 15 yards for roughing the passer on the play. Palmer stayed down for several minutes, while being tended to by team athletic trainers.
Palmer started the first 15 games this season and passed for 4,018 yards, with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He joined Rich Gannon as the only players to pass for 4,000 yards or more in a season.
Allen called Pryor “a work in progress,” adding that Pryor works hard in practice and is making strides toward earning more playing time. On Sunday, Allen said Pryor isn’t ready to be the backup just yet.
On Monday, Allen added: “I don’t know that he’s got full command of everything that we’re doing. But I wouldn’t expect a lot different out of any other young quarterback. He’s got to continue to work, and he’s done a nice job.”
Allen gave players the day off Monday. Therefore, Pryor and others weren’t available for comment.

– The incident from Sunday’s game in which Panthers quarterback Cam Newton bumped referee Jerome Boger is being reviewed by the league office.
Newton took umbrage with the way he was tackled by Raiders safety Mike Mitchell and yelled at Boger. In the process, Newton bumped Boger.
Boger penalized Newton for “disrespectfully addressing” an official. He added that Newton’s contact with him was not of “malicious nature.” Newton apologized to Boger after the game.

– The Raiders are assured of finishing in third place in the AFC West, regardless how they fare against the Chargers.
Therefore, they now know that they will play a third-place schedule in 2013, which means they host the third-place team from the AFC North (Pittsburgh Steelers) and play on the road against the third-place team from the AFC East (Miami Dolphins or New York Jets).
Their 14 other games are: Denver Broncos, Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs, home and away; Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins at home; Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants on the road.

– The Chiefs and Jaguars will pick first and second in the 2013 NFL draft. The Raiders are one of three teams at 4-11. The Raiders would pick third if they wind up tied with the Eagles and Lions, the two other 4-11 teams right now, based on a weaker strength-of-schedule.
It’s conceivable that the Raiders could wind up as one of seven teams in a tie at 5-10. If so, it’s likely that they still would get the No. 3 pick.

– The Raiders allowed 419 points through their first 15 games. They need to hold the Chargers to 13 or fewer if they are to better last season’s total.
The 1961 Raiders allowed the most points in a season, when they surrendered 458. Worse, that came in a 14-game season.

– Strong safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), cornerback Phillip Adams (groin) and right guard Mike Brisiel (concussion) emerged from the Panthers game at less than full strength. They are questionable for the Chargers game.

– Allen declined to assess the performance of offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver.
“I don’t think this is the time,” Allen said. “We do have one game left. There will be time to assess all aspects of the organization, coaching staff included. We’ll do that at some point after the season.”

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  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    If they draft Star, they should be able to go 3-4, if that’s what they want to do.

  • DKnight007

    Werner can play both as a 5 tech DE in the 3-4 and as a 4-3 RDE. Werner is strong and athletic, but a bit raw, but is versatile.

    The true test of D Moores value is if he can play as a stand up 3-4 pass rush OLB. He might be too light at 250 to play as a full time RDE in the 4-3.

    We know the great intangibles and leadership Te’o has to offer. Worrying about his speed is silly. He is the complete opposite of McClain. He can do do it all, including rush the passer.

    Can Star make enough plays and get to the QB? He can play well versus the run, but can he put pressure on the QB? That would be nice. He can be the two gapper the Raiders have needed for awhile now.

    He can play in the 4-3 and of course as the NT in the 3-4. Getting him would allow the Raiders to finally show more 3-4 looks.

    D Jordan will probably be more of a 3-4 stand up OLB…..he is too light to be a full time RDE, unless he gains some muscle weight. He is athletic and long and reminds me of JPP a bit.

  • DKnight007

    1001.KoolKell Says:
    December 26th, 2012 at 10:39 am
    If they draft Star, they should be able to go 3-4, if that’s what they want to do.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Still need solid LB’s though and Wheeler may leave via FA.

    Not good.

  • Raider-in-PA

    #979, anybody who beat their grandmother to death with a hammer should be automatically killed, no questions!! This problem shouldve been solved back in 1980… Im tired of the taxpayers footing the bill to allow these POS to breathe… Makes me think the days of cutting a thief’s hand off, the guillotine and public hangings were the right thing to do…

  • DKnight007

    1000.Raider O Says:
    December 26th, 2012 at 10:34 am
    DKnight007 Says:
    December 26th, 2012 at 10:25 am
    882.Raider O Says:
    December 26th, 2012 at 8:10 am
    Luke Kuechly is smaller and faster than Te’o.
    Luke is 240 and Te’o is 260.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Te’o is 250…not 260.

    Te’o is just as good as Kuechly.

    D Moore, Te’o, Werner, D Jordan or Star should be the Raiders pick this year.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    The sites I visited have him listed at 255 or 260, and not one site had him listed at 250.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Maybe 255 by the time combine rolls around. He won’t be 260 though.

  • oakfshow

    many differences from last year.

    1) barnes hurt
    2) carlisle slipping
    3) wiz injury/position change
    4) brisiel struggled

    Coaching staff is the biggest differance from last year.They suck big money.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    new post dummies.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Raider-in-PA Says:
    December 26th, 2012 at 10:41 am
    #979, anybody who beat their grandmother to death with a hammer should be automatically killed, no questions!! This problem shouldve been solved back in 1980… Im tired of the taxpayers footing the bill to allow these POS to breathe… Makes me think the days of cutting a thief’s hand off, the guillotine and public hangings were the right thing to do…

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

    never should have gotten out of jail.
    No death penalty, to many innocent people wrongly convicted, but he should have never seen the light of day.

    Oh well sucks for those FF and his sister

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