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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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  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Update:

    Stanford 48
    WSU 10

    Garbage time.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    No such thing!

  • rioderek

    Reality check: The Raiders have a weak and unproven receiver corp. There isn’t one guy in the group known as an outstanding route runner, therefore Pryor or and Raiders QB has to wait for them to become open. If he delivers early, it’s a crap shoot, the guy may break as expected or he may not. We’ve seen that this season and last

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Trash time?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Okay.

  • rioderek

    The idiots is the guy who doesn’t see the obvious. Yes Pryor is better than all the guys noted. There’s a reason virtually all Raiders news on the internet is related to Pryor. Pryor is the undisputed face of the franchise.

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Update:

    Stanford 55
    WSU 10

    Trash time.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I see a trend. A pattern developing.

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Yeah. Oregon leads Cal 55-10 also. Strange.

  • marks hair

    tp named the starter.. right on! let’s go Raiders!!

  • rioderek

    http://www.raiderstribune.com/…blasts-matt-flynns-work-ethic/...

    mmqb.si.com/2013/09/12/kevin-kolb-matt-flynn

  • rioderek

    provided

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Oh yeah!

    Stanford 55
    WSU 17

    Go Cougs!

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Ball game.

  • marks hair

    I wanna see a Reece-O-thon!
    and some misdirection. for God sake..

  • rioderek

    NBC Sports notes; The uncertainty at quarterback in Oakland creates extra work for the Redskins’ defense. They need to prepare for the mobile Pryor and the read-option game as well as a pocket passer in Flynn. Pryor presents a much bigger challenge and will be the focus of Washington’s work during the week as the Redskins figure it will be easier to adjust to the more traditional Flynn.

    “We’re getting ready for Terrelle Pryor,” nose tackle Barry Cofield said. “He’s a dangerous weapon. We feel like he’s going to be out there. If he doesn’t show up, then we’ll adjust.”

  • rioderek

    NBC sports notes: The uncertainty at quarterback in Oakland creates extra work for the Redskins’ defense. They need to prepare for the mobile Pryor and the read-option game as well as a pocket passer in Flynn. Pryor presents a much bigger challenge and will be the focus of Washington’s work during the week as the Redskins figure it will be easier to adjust to the more traditional Flynn. “We’re getting ready for Terrelle Pryor,” nose tackle Barry Cofield said. “He’s a dangerous weapon. We feel like he’s going to be out there. If he doesn’t show up, then we’ll adjust.”

  • rioderek

    The Skins have little to no regard for Flynn. They appear to see him as no threat.

  • marks hair

    the new targeting call in college football is fúcking stupid

  • Al_istheRaiders

    cant wait to see flynn tomorrow……holding for seabass.

  • rioderek

    Wrong: Stabler would be loved due to the fact he was a winner. He would do anything to win. He was by far the Raiders greatest QB. Stabler is on of my top 5 All time Raiders. The face of the Raiders past greatness

  • Raider_Riff

    Ur late

  • nolimits3333

    Amen, brother. Misdirection is what the NFL is all about.

  • Raider_Riff

    I beat ya to it.

  • Raider_Riff

    Robert = Fangs = Stormbringer

    Cant you guys see the obvious? He doesnt want to lose his Roberta handle, so he makes up alternate handles so go spread his worst racist diatribes.

  • rioderek

    Man it’s a good thing you aren’t in charge or assigned to make decisions.

  • turf toe

    The fallout from this game could affect the franchise. Can TP deliver against a lousy D? Will DMac break fifty? Can anybody block? Will Flynn see any action? Will Washington target TP’s melon? GO RAIDERS!

  • Johnny Phetnoi

    LETS GO RAIDERS!!!!

  • KoolKell

    I expect the Raiders to win tomorrow regardless of QB. They will win on the Line of Scrimmage

  • KoolKell

    Raiders defense wins this game

  • 805 cali raider

    Raiders 27-14

  • stormbringerSS

    Attention Redskin Defense : KNOCK THIS CLOWN OUT !

  • TP2: the truth

    Pryors a beast son…. wont happen

  • TP2: the truth

    Hater

  • stormbringerSS

    a beast WITH NO BRAIN…you are right !

  • stormbringerSS

    ANTI-racism is the code word for ANTI-white

  • TP2: the truth

    Stormbringerss is code name for dumbass

  • TP2: the truth

    Just make sure you tune in for the tp2 show!!

  • stormbringerSS

    down goes pryor ! down goes pryor ! IN COMES FLYNN ! YEAH ! A REAL QB !

  • TP2: the truth

    Wooooooooooo

  • stormbringerSS

    YEAH 1-3 LOSER SHOW

  • stormbringerSS

    how original = your as dumb as pryor

  • RelentlessIV

    I fully expect TP2 to light it up tomorrow. Go Raiders!

  • RelentlessIV

    Does anyone think DMAC will crack 100 yards?

  • TP2: the truth

    Ya I think he’ll have a good game… id like to see another pass td!!!! lol that was sick

  • TP2: the truth

    But he needs to learn how to drag his damn feet!!!

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    What some people (who are also non-Raider fans) aren’t accepting is that Pryor WON the starters job. Not just for week 1. But for the entire season. He IS the starting QB. When healthy he will ALWAYS start over the #2.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Don’t you love it when someone insults another’s intelligence, yet can’t even spell the word “you’re” correctly?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    And I see Stormbringer continues to do his KKK-wannabe impression…

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Methink it’s looked better than it is because teams have been contain-rushing Pryor. With Flynn in, they would have just teed off and shot upfield.