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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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  • J Hill

    There isn’t a scenario that gets Flynn on the field?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Cleared or not, my understanding is another blow tomorrow would be exponentially worse than 8 days from now.

    All right, not that much, but not just twice as bad, either.
    Not a good move with an uber competitive QB with happy feet.

  • marks hair

    injury

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

    Marks Hair is right they put tarps on the stadium we all knew it was a rebuild season. Besides who else is going to play QB?

  • marks hair

    just don’t call any ridiculous quarterback draws up the middle and he will be fine.. TP can protect himself pretty well out on the sidelines

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    I see people say we should sit Pryor to protect his noggin but I don’t see anyone saying we should sit Porter. What he (hopefully) be involved in more hits that TP?

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

    Pryor, McGloin and tiny hands Tyler Wilson are all on the practice field huddled together and a meteor falls from space and kills all of them.

  • Jon Train

    I will, thx. This type of analysis is almost the only type worth reading. Bill Barnwell at grantland.com is great as well.

  • J Hill

    Flynn would be the next man up.

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

    Flynn would be the next Smurf up.

  • J Hill

    Then we would know for sure we need to spend a #1 pick on a QB.

  • marks hair

    honestly I know tp is young, but he should have audibled out of that mess… coaches aren’t always right.. sometimes they choke too.

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

    pretty much what I was thinking too

  • J Hill

    Pryor missing most of practice this week impacts our chances of getting past the redskins this week. We NEED this win.

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

    Do you feel like Flynn gives us the best chance at wining i Sunday because of Pryor’s concussion?

  • marks hair

    Flynn is not a franchise quarterback… it’s done
    1. he got beat out by 2 young raw quarterbacks
    2. to his arm is weak and that’s a long-term problem.. I’m not talking about throwing power, more about how many throws he can make in a season.

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

    IMO the front office and coaching staff have already moved on from Flynn.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Curious about him, as well. Another good reason to see what Flynn is actually worth.

  • marks hair

    I wish this thing would let me reply to people

  • J Hill

    Far from saying Flynn is a franchise QB.

    So you’re saying take the entire season to evaluate if Pryor is THAT guy. If not, play him anyway and rack up the Ls because we already know Flynn isn’t either?

  • marks hair

    yup

  • marks hair

    TP has made a few mistakes and a few bad throws but we lost games as a team.. we have some serious holes some because of injury some because we just don’t have the talent

  • J Hill

    hmmmmmm

  • marks hair

    Tp has shown no plateau so I’m not too concerned with the record.. rebuilding year and all

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    Flynn’s arm is done. He couldn’t make it through 3 preseason games. By the forth quarter the less than 25 yards will come into play.

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

    Only way Pryor is not at QB all season is of he is hurt. Simply because there is no other option.

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

    Flynn’s arm is weak and his ego is bruised. I doubt if the players on our team have any confidence in him. There is no fight in Mat Flynn and the front office will deal him fast as soon as the season is over or they find a replacement.

  • Jon Train

    Flynn can play. Just not behind this OLine. And I dont think the jury is out on either Flynn or Pryor. I’m pulling for TP, I think he’s a better fit for this particular team. But I would also like to see what Flynn can do just so I know the comparisons are fair.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Silver, I love that gangster name, ‘Tiny Hands’ Wilson.

  • marks hair

    I really want to see Reece get the fúcking ball tomorrow.. hand it to him 10 times and throw at him early and often.. treat him like he’s your best weapon.. because he is

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

    lol

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    A QB with tendonitis is less sustainable than a running QB.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Mark’s Hair, what happens when you hit reply? Nothing, or a reply box you type in but just doesn’t post? And what’s your device/browser?

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

    If the front office and the coaching staff really wanted to see Flynn they have a pretty good excuse right now is all I am saying. If you see Pryor behind center on Sunday that would tell us how much faith they have in Flynn again IMO.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    True that.

  • GhostToThePost

    This non-mandatory test tells me Flynn is going in. It’s perfect for the org to see what Flynn can do, without taking the flak. Much less negative coming his way if he replaces Flynn with Pryor, instead of sending out Pryor, and he starts off bad.

  • GhostToThePost

    IMO, we will be looking for a qb in next years draft. It’s just who do we keep as the backup, Pryor or Flynn?

  • willy91137

    The what happens tomorrow if Flynn plays and they win the game will Flynn play next week against San Diego or will it be Pryor

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

    I agree we will be drafting a QB in April but Flynn is too expensive to keep as a backup.

  • marks hair

    the reply box pops up and then immediately disappears before my keyboard pops up. I’m on a galaxy 3. it has let me reply before but most of the time the box just disappears.

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    I think they would go with Flynn til the arm gave out. I wouldn’t but DA and Reggie would.

  • willy91137

    Probably McGlion

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’m definitely not your IT guy for mobile devices.

  • Zymurge

    Absolutely. We all know Pryor is slow to pick up new plays. With a very short week of practice he’ll be way behind on specific plays for the Redskins defense. They’ll be well prepared with film on his current, smaller than average set of plays.

    Flynn will bring a new wrinkle that they haven’t seen yet. They also have been lit up by a pair of pass oriented WCO teams in GB and Det, so its already proven that they are weak against the offensive system Flynn is better at.

    It’s also time to see how good the offense is with a different QB running the system that was intended from the get go. Pryor supporters are just afraid to see that offense might just click as well or better with a more appropriate fitting QB.

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    Funny I can’t get rid of mine once I click it.

  • GhostToThePost

    Couple of different shows yesterday talked about how the pistol is almost one and done. You can see coaches telling their qb’s to not put yourself in the position to end up as RGIII.
    Obviously Harbaugh expressed that to Kapernick. He rarely took off, even when there were holes. Means qb’s better have a good arm, with much less credit given to scrambling.
    Yep, means Pryor’s days are numbered if he doesn’t get down that throwing thang.

  • marks hair

    lol..yeah I’m the kind of guy who see’s IT and just thinks “it”..

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Go back and click reply again. That one got me for a while.

  • Zymurge

    I’d go with Flynn starting and Pryor in change of pace packages. Get the best of both worlds and the ability to go more with whichever style is working. It also dilutes how the opposing team preps making both better.

  • GhostToThePost

    So, anyone know how much Flynn received from Seattle, and from the Raiders?
    Obviously he’s a great interview.