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Sanford, Crawford in line for playing time Sunday

By Steve Corkran
Friday, September 27th, 2013 at 3:00 pm in Oakland Raiders.

ALAMEDA — Left defensive end Jason Hunter missed all three practices this week with a sore quadriceps. Even so, coach Dennis Allen is leaving open the possibility of Hunter healing well enough to give it a go against the Washington Redskins.
More than likely, though, Hunter won’t be able to play — he’s listed as questionable — and the Raiders will turn to Brian Sanford and Jack Crawford to help fill the void.
Sanford is a third-year players out of Temple. Crawford is in his second season out of Penn State. Allen feels as if Sanford is a bit ahead of Crawford in terms of being a polished all-around player.
“He’s got some versatility,” Allen said of Sanford. “He can play inside in the nickel, he’s got a little bit of rush ability but he’s also athletic enough that he can play some base defensive end for us and that’s really the role that he’s played on our defense.”
As for Crawford, he didn’t play much his rookie season, as the Raiders leaned heavily upon veterans Lamarr Houston, Andre Carter and others.
If Hunter can’t play Sunday, it’s an ideal opportunity for Crawford to make a case for more playing time from here on out.
“There’s still a lot of improvement that he needs to make,” Allen said of Crawford. “We feel good with some of the guys that we have and feel good with Brian Sanford going in there. … It would be a great opportunity for Jack if Jason’s not able to go, to get in and play and do some good things.”

– Rookie offensive tackle Menelik Watson hasn’t played all season because of a torn ligament in his right knee that required surgery.
Allen said he is “hopeful” that Watson will be cleared to resume practicing next week. Watson missed most of training camp with an injury he suffered during the offseason and then got shut down a few days after he first practiced in camp.
It will be interesting to see what the Raiders do upon Watson’s return. He was slated to start the regular-season opener at left offensive tackle.
Khalif Barnes is at the left tackle spot now, with veteran Tony Pashos playing well at the right tackle spot. It says here that Watson goes to left tackle — at least until Jared Veldheer returns from his triceps injury — and Barnes moves into one of the guard spots.

– Here are the official status reports of the injured Raiders for Sunday’s game:
SS Tyvon Branch (out); Hunter, LB Sio Moore (probable), G Lucas Nix (questionable), FB Jamize Olawale (probable), CB Tracy Porter (probable), QB Terrelle Pryor (questionable) and Watson (out).

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  • Jon Train

    Yes. Yes I do….I also love the fact that his kind are being ostricized from society. My kids don’t have to deal with quite as much racism as I did.

  • Jon Train

    Good Morning Raider Nation. Great day for some football. A crisp autumn morning…the smell of freshly cut grass…and dirt infield.

    GO RAIDERS

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Skins 34 Raiders 17

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Lane Kiffin. Gone. Add him to the list if ex Raiders that r completely useless anywhere else. Good fire, Al.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    KIFFIN IS FIRED again.

    Because a loser is a loser.

    Reggie is next.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

  • 0ak R8rs

    In which month?

  • 0ak R8rs

    INCREDIBLY STUPID! That call didn’t change the result of the ND game perhaps, but it was the nail in the coffin. I hope it’s taken out one year after its put in next year. NCAA should stick to picking and choosing which NFL rules to adopt and stop trying to think on their own.

  • 0ak R8rs

    I know and agree w that. I just don’t want Pryor out there too soon. And this team isn’t going to the playoffs. Perfect opportunity to see what Flynn can do, before we release him.

  • RediaR

    I suppose if he has 100 houses.

  • turf toe

    Message to TP:
    With the exception of our friend from the Aryan Brotherhood and one glue-sniffing teenager, the entire Raider Nation is pulling for you. If you have a fantastic game, we will all be talking about your toughness, your growth as a player, and your future with the Raiders. If our D gives up forty points, put up forty-five. If you get hit with a cheap shot, don’t look for Allen to protect you. Get some rough justice with your passing and that fantastic stiff arm. If you pull this off, you, Veldheer, and Reece could be here a very long time.

    No pressure, though.

  • FJTBONE

    Hail to the Raiders! Shock the world today – put up 45 points on the Redskins and bring the record to 2-2. Relaxing this morning with my paper, my blog, my cup of coffee, and the news that Lane Kiffin is GONE, GONE, GONE!!

  • c2e

    Arrow up if you commit to ignoring Dr Feel Bad and his posts. One nation!

  • FJTBONE

    It’s nice to see someone wearing the number 2 for the Silver and Black who actually gives a damn!!

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    rotoworld reporting pryor will start. but also reporting raiders players got told flynn would start. both reports saturday night.

  • Jon Train

    Jay Glazer says DA told the team last night that Flynn will start.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Kiffin fired from USC

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    Pryor has completed 65.4 percent of his passes so far this season for 624 yards

  • raider_39

    what an oxymoronic statement in the light of not only the garb that u constantly post on here, but history.

    SadSack propaganda victim númbnúts like u deserve everything that comes ure way.

    deal with it, weak mfkr.

  • Raideraholic

    ???? So which is it? lol

  • turf toe

    Just name a quarterback, Dennis.

  • raider_39

    woohoo total confusion !

    its like AL is still alive and working them hacks trying to gain the slightest advantage doing his part. it might very well not be a biggy in the minds of the skins but it exists…

    good job BigMac

  • Raideraholic

    I hope that’s a smokescreen.
    I don’t like our chances with a non mobile QB

  • ReallionaireB

    Lmao @ raider_39

  • Raideraholic

    Pretty sure if the Raiders are forced to change what time they play next week (which would be FK’D up imo) it would not benefit the Raiders or the fans-just sayin

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Good Morning Raider Nation!!!

    It’s a Beautiful Day to be a Raider Fan, isn’t it?

  • bigmike34

    Flynn will Start…..It is a good thing for Raider management to finally find out what they paid $6.5 million for and it is a good thing for Pryor to get the additional recovery time…

  • bigmike34

    If any of you like to bet….I Think Seattle loses today to Houston
    Russell Wilson is not playing all that well and Seattle has two Pro-Bowl Players on their offensive ling out…Lt. Tackle and Center….they also have another starting Tackle out as well…

  • marks hair

    wow theat lynch run just now.was the best I’ve seen all year.. that’s a man who runs hard

  • KoolKell

    I guess I’ll have to add a avatar. Why would a person want to post as me?