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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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  • Elliot

    Dr. Tried twice, didn’t apply it

  • Gdog

    The coaching staff can’t SCREAM at him to audible out of that??? When does this get fixed?

    McF up the gut vs ten in the box will not win many games…

  • the soulful dr robert

    U have to scroll down while there and save it.

  • seymour bush

    I think that is the point. If Pryor cannot give defenses a scare that he can deliver passes on target repeatedly, soon we will be seeing 11 in the box.

  • Elliot

    Dr. Thanks I did that, still the same-so everyone knows elraidmanhattan is Elliot

  • Elliot

    Seymour ready for more debates, and btw, I am 100% behind Flynn if is the starter.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Get a memorable avatar. Problem solved.
    I can post easily as Cult of Palmer or Golden Haired Hero, But with a spotted faced llama avatar, I’m not fooling any one.

  • Elliot

    Seymour- let’s have another debate.

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

    I know and I keep telling people as much as I like the young man he has been in the league a while….how much longer will they wait. I am aure we wil be draft a QB in April

  • Elliot

    Ok, it is this horrible droid tablet that is causing the issue with changes, will do it through my android phone

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

    Stop asking for a whooping. You don’t have the brain power (even with a 150 IQ) to debate Seymour.

  • Elliot

    Really silver wow i am crushed by your strong comebacks. Please grow’up

  • Gdog

    MCf up the gut on first down vs ten in the box… thanx Olson for drawing this play up!! Anyone want to guess the results? McF nearly got his knees taken out! One yard gain!!

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

    What happened to the computer at the Mid Manhattan Library?

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

    There was nothing mentioned about you in this thread. Use that 150 IQ to find a thread with a comment about you in it before shooting your load.

  • Elliot

    Well silver it’s a long story, since i am illiterate i am barred from the library

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

    Did you tell them how “BIG” you are and that you know Karate?

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

    I am going to call the Mid Manhattan Library for you and tell that stuck up librarian about your Blog Reputation.

  • the soulful dr robert

    A puss like u will still be here. U single handedly bring the puss level up ten times with every post.

    And yeah the flagging just breaks my heart.

    Meanwhile pusses like u scurry around like girls trying to vote me down.

    Hilarious.

  • Elliot

    Back to earth and reality, I think raiders shutdown redskins running game, expect lot’s of passing yards, olson really needs to’come’up with a good gameplan no bs run dmac up the middle garbage

  • Elliot

    Thank you silver, what are friends for!

  • Elliot

    Silver, do you still live at home with your mom? Ask her help for for better comebacks

  • the soulful dr robert

    The puss level in here would shame Al Davis.

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

    As you just regurgitate one of the worst come backs commonly known to 4th graders….By the way it wasn’t a comeback it was a statement. But you are the one with the 150 IQ!

  • Gdog

    Are you holding your breathe? Olson = Knapp. We have some of the worst offensive coaches in the NFL… no creativity, no attention to detail. Nothing… prolly better off rolling Pryor out every play and let him free-lance.

  • Elliot

    I prefer to stick to football but silver has a deep obsession with me.

  • Elliot

    Gdog, i somewhat agree on the knapp-olson comment especially the way we started monday, mind boggling, but i also think it is due to our conservative head coach as well

  • rifflicks

    wouldn’t that be the QB’s job to read that defense and audible out of it…..oh I’m sorry that’s Pryor behind Center.

  • Piratical

    The Raiders have ten in the box here, as well. I mean, where else would Denver line up? Given the Raiders formation, they aren’t dropping the safeties 20 yards deep or going with a corner out on the sideline covering nobody.

    Technically, too, those safeties aren’t in the box. The one is 8 or nine yards off.

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

    You came in here talking about me and all you had to do was not say anything. You might still have some dignity left….but no Mr. big shot Karate man had to show everyone how tough he is. Grow a pair then come back it might be more enjoyable.

  • rifflicks

    so you actually believe that Olsen called in this play to Pryor after the defense lined up for the snap?????

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    I agree with you Alex 7/MR.
    Man that was hard to say.

  • Elliot

    Silver I don’t want to regress even further

  • the soulful dr robert

    He’s another Internet tuff guy who mostly cries like a baby.

    He’s what u call a burnt marshmallow.

    Black, hard, and crispy on the outside but totally soft on the inside.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    You think it’s a “blog” nickname so you go with it?
    Lame.

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

    You live in Sunnyvale I am in Mt View lets meet tonight at Molly Magees if your such big shot.

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Thank You! Kinda had to go around about way to do this, but still, it’s gets them on here. Have you seen my bull frog pic, the one that comes in real clear?

  • fingersrdrs

    If the Oline cant open any holes They have to get McFadden to the outside….he doesnt seem ( isnt) strong enough to be a up the gut runner..

  • RaiderE

    Spoken like the Queen of Puss.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Gdog•39 minutes ago•00
    McF just ran up the gut into NINE in the box… I cannot believe my eyes… our third series on offense.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I don’t know why you can’t believe that since we’ve seen it often enough.
    Running McFadden down the middle is a waste of time. The guy just doesn’t have the body for it. We need to get him outside.

  • Elliot

    Dr. I know, doesn’t effect me at all sort of like a gnat.

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

    I live so close to the blog troll I could almost smell him. Unless of course he is lying about living in Sunnyvale.

  • rifflicks

    with Pryor at QB opposing defenses are always going to stack the running lanes and control the edge to contain Pryor….which in effect nullifies McFadden too….they don’t fear the pass.

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    That’s nasty.

  • Elliot

    Personally i use ro think run dmac outside but the raiders playcalling males each run obvious, as in prior years end run =loss of yards

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    LOL. He’s not the only one.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Sorry, couldn’t resist that. Sure you can change it.

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

    You know whats funny is I would have not said a word to this wanna be if wouldn’t have opened his mouth.

  • Elliot

    Hey England what’s up? In regards to the playcalling, no it didn’t lose us the game on monday but it damn well didn’t help, olson is a major disappointment, but i never expected much to begin with. I just get the feeling allen has something to do with this

  • fingersrdrs

    Also like to see more screens …