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Sanford, Crawford in line for playing time Sunday

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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  • fingersrdrs

    Good morning Raiders….. Beat Washington

  • turf toe

    I heard that TP is scheduled for another brain exam today. He may pass the test, but this scares me. You can’t “shoot up” the cerebrum and get back in there. The kid should sit.

  • Jon Train

    The Raiders run game in a nutshell. If you can’t block, you can’t win:
    http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2013/9/27/4777464/7-mcfadden-runs-v-broncos

    Shout out to snbpride for fact based, sensible analysis.

  • turf toe

    Everyone should read that article, including Flynn. On second thought, scratch that. He might not show up for the game.

  • Al_istheRaiders

    cuz no one has ever played after a concussion…

  • Al_istheRaiders

    criner is a waste of roster space…

  • willy91137

    Washington’s defense is really bad we should have a field day with them but we probably won’t

  • fingersrdrs

    Pryor says hes 100%, the doctors have cleared him… I dont see any reason to sit him…. If he really is 100%..
    Especially if he passes the extra test today.

  • fingersrdrs

    And im still not convinced Pryor or Flynn are our Qb of the future

  • willy91137

    I think they want to see Flynn

  • fingersrdrs

    That may be correct willy… If Pryor is 100% then id say for sure they want to see Flynn if they go ahead and start flynn

  • fingersrdrs

    Guess were just gonna have to wait and see who gets the start

  • raider_39

    .”can’t audible out of a run play that is going to get stuffed” …”can’t
    read his progressions so he has to hold the ball for 2 minutes and run
    around like an idiot”…..” can’t throw an accurate
    pass…ever”…etc…etc………

    ————————–

    now if all of this was said about onnnly Pryors performance, a guy with just a handfull of starts, who despite the odds obviously improved by leaps&bounds, in a year, you would have point…but you dont. those things have been said about EVERYone that took enough snaps in the game

    not to be redundant, but seriously, you either have a black step dad that keeps you up all night in your moms basement, are a SadSack troll from another team or a corporate agent blatantly trying to ignite distracting race wars

    which is it, SadSack ?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Good Morning Raider Nation!!!

    It’s a Beautiful Day to be a Raider Fan. Isn’t it?

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    Sure is Pman.

  • Raideraholic

    I wonder if we had T. Branch for Denver game if it would have made any difference? Maybe a closer game?

  • J Hill

    If Pryor starts, it’s a must win game for him, imo.

    Can’t start off 1-3 and not expect to hear rumbles for another QB.

  • J Hill

    Time for someone on the defense to step up and take control of this thing. Is Roach too small or do we need more beef up front?

  • 2romes

    Although I wish Pryor would play I don’t feel Pryor is ready to play. He needs more time to recover. Flynn as the starter for the Raiders should suit him well considering the weak Redskin defense. Remember it is not Flynn against the Redskins it is the Raiders with Flynn against the Redskins.k

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Touted that one here last night. NinjaGoro is awesome. He’s just a ‘guest’ writer writing a fanpost, which any of us can do. But his posts often wind up on top, front and center.

    He has his own site with video analysis, but with DSL,I rarely bother slogging thru. You might want to check it out, tho’.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’m a bigger fan of Branch than many here and i’m sure our ‘D’ suferred without him, but how much difference he’d have made, i don’t know.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Good morning Raider Fans!

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Me either.

  • turf toe

    Pryor was ko’d and had amnesia. This was not a ding. Some here think it’s no big deal and claim that others have played through similar injuries. That is true. MIke Webster, John Mackey, Dave Duerson, and others played through concussions. Webster ended up living behind a dumpster and could barely function at the end. John Mackey was like an infant before he died. Duerson? He committed suicide. Before killing himself, he left a note asking that his brain be examined. He shot himself in the chest so he wouldn’t damage the brain tissue. Could TP play this weekend? Probably. Should he? Absolutely not.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I would imagine the process of getting cleared to play after your first concussion is a lot quicker than it would be if he had already had a few of them. That being said if we see Flynn on Sunday its probably because someone in the front office or coaching staff wants to see Flynn in a real game.

  • DJ Johnny

    I think some of you are seriously holding Pryor’s inability to overcome our swiss cheese defense and beat friggin Denver on the road on MNF…against him.

    That’s ridiculous.

    If he plays bad against Wash. and we lose…THEN let’s talk about it. Geez.

  • turf toe

    Agree, DJ. He wasn’t Montana but be played okay.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    We had the same problem last year I know you remember.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Pryor has just been cleared to play!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    This early? What was this test? See if he could remember how to make coffee?

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been medically cleared to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins, but the team wants him to pass one more test Saturday before making a decision on his availability.

  • DJ Johnny

    They blocked my message for saying scre*ing. As in scre*ing up.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    That happened yesterday. DA said they had their own non-mandatory test they wanted to give Pryor today for their own piece of mind.
    That, or for a front loaded excuse to start Flynn and see what he can do.
    Which I think is a good idea anyway,and prudent with Pryor, cleared or not.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Thanks Purv I have been out of it since I left the office yesterday.

  • stormbringerSS

    and PROUD OF IT = WHITE RULES

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    A ss doesn’t fly, nor does Na zi, haven’t tried he ll.
    Mamby pamby nanny bull scat. They even block some of the more common dodges for the ‘scat’ word.
    One of the things I like about SandBPride. No holds barred.

  • stormbringerSS

    pryor = LOSER

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    And now you know what prompted me to try and use the Na zi word.

  • chappy23us

    RM+DA=losers! Pryor is all we have right now

  • marks hair

    I thought the gutierez story was from yesterday.. before todays non mandatory test.?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Don’t take this the wrong way. I’m curious how new commenters such as yourself are stumbling across this blog.
    There have been many since our switch to the Disqus format last Tuesday. Prior to that, we had a pretty static group of commenters.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    It was

  • marks hair

    I want to see tp play. we need to build chemistry and momentum.. not start a controversy or split the locker room.. he passed, lets go Raiders!

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I agree. It doesn’t make sense to stop his momentum.

  • J Hill

    Record wise, how long do you stick with Pryor?

  • marks hair

    the season..

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    IMO its not a matter of wins or loses we keep playing him until we either draft or sign a free agent QB that is better than he is.

  • J Hill

    Really????

    2-5 going into the bye week, no change????

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Who are you going to play McGloin?

  • marks hair

    it’s a transition year.. there’s not much talent and certainly no other potential franchise quarterback on the roster.. just stick with TP and see how much he progresses.