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Woodson, Young, Ross to pick up safety slack

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The Raiders were resigned to moving forward without strong safety Tyvon Branch Monday, with Charles Woodson, Usama Young and Brandian Ross charged with picking up the slack after the loss of their highest-paid player.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen declined to confirm an ESPN report that Branch had a fractured fibula, saying, “ he’s probably going to miss some time, how much that time is, I don’t know.’’

Allen termed the injury “significant’’ following a 19-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, the same term he used when Jared Veldheer had surgery to repair a torn triceps.

“We’re going to be missing a good player,’’ Woodson said. “It’s unfortunate it goes down like this and it just means somebody is going to have to step up.’’

Having already used the short-term injured reserve designation in Jared Veldheer following surgery to repair a torn triceps, Branch will be carried on the 53-man roster until he’s healthy unless the team determines he needs to be placed on injured reserve for the season.

Branch, who signed a four-year $26.5 million extension last year and is earning $9.5 million this season in a restructured deal, has been a favorite of three different coaching staffs because of his work ethic as well as an explosive, physical style.

The Raiders did fine for three quarters without Branch against Jacksonville, with Young getting 1.5 sacks and Ross getting a sack.

While Ross is listed as the backup strong safety to Branch and Young the No. 2 free safety behind Woodson, Allen said he wasn’t sure which player would start in the place of Branch and isn’t really sure if it matters.

“If Ty’s out for awhile ew’ve got guys we feel can step up and make plays, whether it’s strong safety or free safety,’’ Allen said. “I look at those as interchangeable positions and they really need to be to have the flexibility to do different things defensively.’’

Young, having played in New Orleans when Allen was coaching defensive backs, is used to moving around.

“I’ve played free, I’ve played strong, I’ve played nickel, I’ve played corner,’’ Young said. “Here as a safety, you’re a safety. We mix it up so much, with guys in the box or back in space, you never know where you’re going to be.’’

Allen and Woodson said the Raiders believe they won’t have to alter their game plan to account for the absence of Branch when they visit the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football in Week 3.

“I believe we have smart players and guys that can go in and know what’s expected of them, what to do,’’ Woodson said. “We won’t have to alter our game plan at all. We look forward to going down there with our full arsenal of plays and just have to stick different guys in there to implement it, and we’re comfortable with that.’’

– Woodson has gotten plenty of feedback from his leaping tackle of Maurice Jones-Drew which prevented a potential Jacksonville touchdown. He saw it on film and liked what he saw.

“It’s pretty impressive,’’ Woodson said. “It was one of those sellout plays that you need during the course of a game that hopefully can turn the tide and give you some momentum.’’

– Guard Lucas Nix is getting an MRI on his injured ankle and his status for Denver is not known. Andre Gurode played in place of Nix, who was struggling in part because of the injury.

“He did well,’’ Allen said of Gurode. “A couple of things need to be cleaned up but overall I was pleased with what he did when he got in there.’’

– Allen said place kicker Sebastian Janikowski, whose miss from 35 yards snapped a streak of 50 straight field goals from 40 yards and in, is still working on gaining confidence with Marquette King as the holder. Shane Lechler was Janikowski’s holder from 2000 through 2012.

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  • dirkdiggler

    C2E Broncos 37-20
    Crawfish Joe Raiders 34-33
    Hendu Raiders 22-19
    Lefty12 Raiders 26-24
    MikieG Raiders 27-24
    No Mas Diamanté Raiders 33-27
    0ak R8rs Raiders 29-24
    PlunkforHOF Raiders 24-14
    qodrn Raiders 23-21
    Raider E Raiders 49-14
    RaiderFanMikeP Raiders 24-21
    Raider O raiders 23-21
    Taiwan Broncos 27-23
    Whothefücknows Raiders 31-28
    SilverNBlackPA Raiders 29-28
    Dirkdiggler Broncos 24-20 ..Giggity Giggity…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Who wouldn’t love to see Charles Woodson make a flying “Superman” neck tackle on Peyton Manning instead of Maurice Jones-Drew?

    I think the media is expecting Manning to have 7 TD passes again – like Week 1

  • HGDaddy

    Pro Football Focus ‏@PFF
    So far Lamarr Houston, in a contract year, leads 4-3 DEs in our pass rushing productivity sig stat. 16 QB disruptions on 69 pass rushes. As impressive, Houston has done that switching from rushing from the left side of line (90% in 2012) to right side (94.5%) in 2013.

  • dirkdiggler

    HGDaddy Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Pro Football Focus ‏@PFF
    So far Lamarr Houston, in a contract year, leads 4-3 DEs in our pass rushing productivity sig stat. 16 QB disruptions on 69 pass rushes. As impressive, Houston has done that switching from rushing from the left side of line (90% in 2012) to right side (94.5%) in 2013.

    >. best player on the D line, veteran now. he’ll get paid.

  • dirkdiggler

    Raider E Raiders 49-14

    >> will a serious Raider fan please stand up….

  • HGDaddy

    OFFICIAL SEMI PREDICTION BOARD WEEK 3
    Week # 1 winner: GDog
    Week # 2 winner: no one

    C2E Broncos 37-20
    Crawfish Joe Raiders 34-33
    Hendu Raiders 22-19
    HGDaddy RAIDRES 30-28
    Lefty12 Raiders 26-24
    MikieG Raiders 27-24
    No Mas Diamanté Raiders 33-27
    0ak R8rs Raiders 29-24
    PlunkforHOF Raiders 24-14
    qodrn Raiders 23-21
    Raider E Raiders 49-14
    RaiderFanMikeP Raiders 24-21
    Raider O raiders 23-21
    Taiwan Broncos 27-23
    Whothefücknows Raiders 31-28
    SilverNBlackPA Raiders 29-28
    theghostronin79 Broncos 38-9
    TheJudge37 Raiders 27-24 Overtime

  • SilverNBlackPA

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 11:26 am
    Who wouldn’t love to see Charles Woodson make a flying “Superman” neck tackle on Peyton Manning instead of Maurice Jones-Drew?

    I think the media is expecting Manning to have 7 TD passes again – like Week 1

    +++++++++++++++

    Everyone’s laughing at this game. Even if the Raiders lose, it’ll be closer than everyone’s expecting, bank on that.

    It NEEDS to be. This team has gotta earn some respect and now is the time to do it.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    >. best player on the D line, veteran now. he’ll get paid.

    +++++++++

    And Reggie got the cap space to pay him and Veldheer just as their contracts are coming up.

    Fck the haters, RM has played this thing brilliantly.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I’d be willing to bet the most hated rival the RAIDS have is the Mules.

    I think if a poll was taken about which team The Nation especially enjoys knocking the crap out of, the Mules would win in a landslide.

    I know they’re the team I love to beat. I don’t want to just beat them, I want to pound them into oblivion.

    For some it’s the chefs, for a few it’s the chargeless.

    We all know that the RAIDS are the most hated team by all our division rivals.

    I don’t think TA realizes how deep a hatred The Nation has for the Mules.

    If he did, there’s no way he’d smile even for a nano-second after getting beat down by them.

    I’d have wanted to slap TA for smiling after ANY loss, but doing it in Dungver really, really ticked me off.

    I don’t like the players smiling and laughing with the opposition after a loss, but I’ve come to accept that’s just the way it is these days.

    I can’t accept the HC doing anything more than shaking hands with his counterpart after a loss.

    I don’t care how tight or friendly you were with him.

    I will NEVER accept a HC that smiles after a loss. Especially not to the stinking Mules.

  • Thec

    AFC west will not be the worst Div in the NFL.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 11:30 am
    I’d be willing to bet the most hated rival the RAIDS have is the Mules.

    I think if a poll was taken about which team The Nation especially enjoys knocking the crap out of, the Mules would win in a landslide.

    I know they’re the team I love to beat. I don’t want to just beat them, I want to pound them into oblivion.

    ++++++++++++++++

    Agreed. That 59-20 game from 2010 is one of the few high points of the past 10 years.

  • Thec

    OFFICIAL SEMI PREDICTION BOARD WEEK 3
    Week # 1 winner: GDog
    Week # 2 winner: no one

    C2E Broncos 37-20
    Crawfish Joe Raiders 34-33
    Hendu Raiders 22-19
    HGDaddy RAIDRES 30-28
    Lefty12 Raiders 26-24
    MikieG Raiders 27-24
    No Mas Diamanté Raiders 33-27
    0ak R8rs Raiders 29-24
    PlunkforHOF Raiders 24-14
    qodrn Raiders 23-21
    Raider E Raiders 49-14
    RaiderFanMikeP Raiders 24-21
    Raider O raiders 23-21
    Taiwan Broncos 27-23
    Whothefücknows Raiders 31-28
    SilverNBlackPA Raiders 29-28
    theghostronin79 Broncos 38-9
    TheJudge37 Raiders 27-24 Overtime
    Thec Raider 30-17

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Thec Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 11:30 am
    AFC west will not be the worst Div in the NFL.

    ++++++++

    I could see the Bengals or Ravens taking the division at 9-7, maybe 10-6.

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    Maybe it will be like 2002 when Rod Woodson took an int to the house and turned around the fortunes of our season. Only this time it will be a different Woodson.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    I meant the AFC North of course in my last post

  • dirkdiggler

    SilverNBlackPA Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 11:26 am
    Who wouldn’t love to see Charles Woodson make a flying “Superman” neck tackle on Peyton Manning instead of Maurice Jones-Drew?

    I think the media is expecting Manning to have 7 TD passes again – like Week 1

    +++++++++++++++

    Everyone’s laughing at this game. Even if the Raiders lose, it’ll be closer than everyone’s expecting, bank on that.

    It NEEDS to be. This team has gotta earn some respect and now is the time to do it.

    >> I can see the Raider D playing tough. MNF against Dungver and manning. this will be the Raiders SB this year. it should be a battle and you never know.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I’d be willing to bet the most hated rival the RAIDS have is the Mules.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I hate the Chokers more.

  • dirkdiggler

    OFFICIAL SEMI PREDICTION BOARD WEEK 3
    Week # 1 winner: GDog
    Week # 2 winner: no one

    C2E Broncos 37-20
    Crawfish Joe Raiders 34-33
    Hendu Raiders 22-19
    HGDaddy RAIDRES 30-28
    Lefty12 Raiders 26-24
    MikieG Raiders 27-24
    No Mas Diamanté Raiders 33-27
    0ak R8rs Raiders 29-24
    PlunkforHOF Raiders 24-14
    qodrn Raiders 23-21
    Raider E Raiders 49-14
    RaiderFanMikeP Raiders 24-21
    Raider O raiders 23-21
    Taiwan Broncos 27-23
    Whothefücknows Raiders 31-28
    SilverNBlackPA Raiders 29-28
    theghostronin79 Broncos 38-9
    TheJudge37 Raiders 27-24 Overtime
    Thec Raider 30-17
    dirkdiggler Broncos 24-20

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Lol Thec. You fixed it.

  • dirkdiggler

    Raider O Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I’d be willing to bet the most hated rival the RAIDS have is the Mules.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I hate the Chokers more

    >> yeah i don’t mind SD as much. Dungver is the standard now with horseface running it so there the fukers to hate.

  • dirkdiggler

    dirkdiggler Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    OFFICIAL SEMI PREDICTION BOARD WEEK 3
    Week # 1 winner: GDog
    Week # 2 winner: no one

    C2E Broncos 37-20
    Crawfish Joe Raiders 34-33
    Hendu Raiders 22-19
    HGDaddy RAIDRES 30-28
    Lefty12 Raiders 26-24
    MikieG Raiders 27-24
    No Mas Diamanté Raiders 33-27
    0ak R8rs Raiders 29-24
    PlunkforHOF Raiders 24-14
    qodrn Raiders 23-21
    Raider E Raiders 49-14
    RaiderFanMikeP Raiders 24-21
    Raider O raiders 23-21
    Taiwan Broncos 27-23
    Whothefücknows Raiders 31-28
    SilverNBlackPA Raiders 29-28
    theghostronin79 Broncos 38-9
    TheJudge37 Raiders 27-24 Overtime
    Thec Raider 30-17
    dirkdiggler Broncos 24-20

    … and giggity giggity

  • RaiderRockstar

    I can see the Raider D playing tough. MNF against Dungver and manning. this will be the Raiders SB this year. it should be a battle and you never know

    ***

    @Dirk

    you’re right. this is the Raiders “Super Bowl” and guess what?

    Manning didn’t do so well last time he faced Dennis Allen & Tracy Porter in one

    history repeats itself?

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    Broke my heart to hear about Clady

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post..

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    RAIDERS 31-28

  • R8erEduc8er

    R8erEduc8er Broncos 31-20

  • raiderlization

    like I said. It don’t matter who it is or if we win you guys fine a way to put stank on everything thank God for the internet and hookers cause family life will kill you if you had to put up with the truth! LMAO! Raiders are 1 and 1 and that’s what we expected with or without Flynn! We are expected to lose against Denver! We have nothing to lose and that means dangerous and Pryor will have the Broncos looking for oxygen! So what’s wrong with that? Go Raiders!

  • PlunkforHOF

    OFFICIAL SEMI PREDICTION BOARD WEEK 3
    Week # 1 winner: GDog
    Week # 2 winner: no one

    C2E Broncos 37-20
    Crawfish Joe Raiders 34-33
    dirkdiggler Broncos 24-20
    Hendu Raiders 22-19
    HGDaddy Raiders 30-28
    Lefty12 Raiders 26-24
    MikieG Raiders 27-24
    No Mas Diamanté Raiders 33-27
    0ak R8rs Raiders 29-24
    PlunkforHOF Raiders 24-14
    qodrn Raiders 23-21
    R8erEduc8er Broncos 31-20
    Raider E Raiders 49-14
    RaiderFanMikeP Raiders 24-21
    Raider O raiders 23-21
    SilverNBlackPA Raiders 29-28
    Taiwan Broncos 27-23
    theghostronin79 Broncos 38-9
    Whothefücknows Raiders 31-28

    SHORT BUS RIDERS

    oklahomaRaider18 Raiders 24-21
    Thec Raiders 30-17
    the famous dr Robert Broncos 34-3
    *****************************************************

    Again, (and again) here is the format:

    Your name (space) Winning team (space) final score

    ie:

    PlunkforHOF Raiders 35-9

    You don’t have to plug into the list, but if you type it that way it makes it much easier to do this list. Inability to do so means riding the short bus.

  • beach

    In Reggie we trust! Either get on board, or get off of the effing bus! We have Charles Woodson back and a hungry, aggressive defense! Pryor needs to keep improving every game. Seabass needs to make all his FGs. Go Raiders!