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Rivera cleared to practice, expects to play Thursday

Tight end Mychal Rivera said Monday night that he met with a neurologist and passed all the tests required by the league for those that suffer a concussion, as Rivera did against the Tennessee Titans.
As a result, he said he expects to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. He was limited at practice Monday night.
“Feeling good,” Rivera said in his first public comments since he got drilled in the head by Titans safety Michael Griffin on Sunday. “Just took a shot right there to the head.”
The league suspended Griffin for one game as a repeat offender of its rule that prohibits blows to the head and neck area. Griffin sent out a Tweet apologizing to Rivera. That’s not all.
“Michael Griffin sent me a text,” Rivera said. “He said the hit wasn’t malicious. He was just doing his job. I really respected that from him. I hit him back and told him I respected he was just doing his job and I said we’d see each other again in the future.”
The hit was so vicious that it sent Rivera’s helmet flying, with Rivera’s head hitting the ground and the ball being jarred loose. Griffin got flagged for a personal foul on the play.
Rivera exited the game and headed to the locker room. He returned a short time later.
“Basically they pulled me out of the games for safety precautions,” Rivera said. “Went home and felt good, normal. Woke up this morning feeling normal. Saw the neurologist today, talked to a lot of doctors and they fully cleared me.”

– Running back Darren McFadden said his injured hamstring felt good enough for him to play against the Titans. However, he opted to play it safe in light of aggravating the injury once already.
“I could have been back last week but I just have to take my time with it,” McFadden said. “I don’t want to, I know if I rush it back again, this time it will probably be over for the season. So I want to just be able to make sure it’s all the way back right before I get out there again.”
McFadden said he’s hopeful of being able to play Thursday. He’s more frustrated by missing time than he is being criticized for inability to remain healthy.
“I’ve dealt with so much criticism for so long I’ve always just, you just have to turn your face to it,” McFadden said. “You can’t pay attention to it. You have to stay positive and focus on the task at hand.”
He also said that He admitted that his penchant for getting injured gnaws at him all the time.
“Man, there’s always something,” McFadden said. “It’s just like maybe something small, like an ankle or hamstring, turf toe or just something. But you just try to stay positive and just keep working hard and keep moving forward.”

– Kicker Sebastian Janikowski downplayed the prospect of there being an issue between he and holder Marquette King.
“There’s no issue at all,” Janikowski said. “During the game, I just pushed it.”
The two “pushed” kicks came on field-goal attempts from 32 and 48 yards in a 23-19 loss to the Titans. He now has missed 7 of his 22 field-goal attempts this season, when he missed only 7 of 69 the past two seasons combined.
At one point during the game, sideline reporter Lincoln Kennedy said Janikowski told him that there was a problem with King’s hold on the miss from 48 yards.
When asked about that Monday night, Janikowski said: “You’ll have to talk to Marquette or the head coach about that.”
Allen said it’s incumbent upon the 11 players on the field-goal unit to do their jobs. King wasn’t available for comment.
Janikowski said he watched 2 1/2 hours of film of his kicks from last season and this season in hopes of rediscovering his groove.
To that end, he said he learned that his step is too wide, his plant foot is too far forward and he isn’t “finishing” his kicks.
He is eager to get back on the field so that he can put to use what he gleaned from watching video.
“I wish I could play today, yeah,” Janikowski said. “I want to go out there and play Dallas right now. I want to redeem myself a little bit.”

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  • R8erEduc8er

    Lol @ Crawfish.

  • RaiderGuy50

    Yes- he’s a good kid and role model and I hope he makes it– Shanarat on the other hand??

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Cowboys sign Martez Wilson.
    Gathering intel I surmise.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    An interesting fact about this game is McGloin is going to go against a Tampa 2 defense that is not very good against the pass. The last two weeks he has been going against top tier pass defenses. It will be interesting to see how he does. Problem with Raiders right now is they make medicore Qbs look like HOF QBs and I am concerned the Raiders will not be able to keep up unless they get some early Christmas gifts from Romo.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Anybody else feel this way about this year? Even when we lose (except for the Philly game) and I get mad at missed opportunities (Jano, Porter this last week, DA for calling that dumb defense at the end), I still LIKE our guys. I am pulling for them to do well because in spite of their physical limitations and occasional mental errors, they look LIKE THEY CARE. They are trying to win, want to win, give effort.
    Last year, with the Seymours, Kellys, and #55s of the game, I didn’t LIKE THEM.
    I feel like the players are building something again with their fan base.

  • plunkhead

    I will be in vegas Thursday morn with a c note burning a hole in my favorite plaid pants.
    Raiders and the over and one more for a three team parley?

  • Raideraholic

    I am excited to see McGloin start with TP getting some packages to keep Dallas on there toes.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    PFF pushing for Larry Warford to get ROY consideration.
    3rd round pick. Drafting a guard in the top 15 is beyond moronic.

  • plunkhead

    They bring a lunch and they are ready to ball.
    last year games were over by halftime

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Plaid pants? Payne Stewart style?
    Too bad wifey didn’t invite me, she is heading out on Friday. Staying at The Hotel at the Mandalay.
    Can you muster up the courage to slap some money on Matty Flynn? (lol)

  • RaiderGuy50

    well said– I agree with allen- I like this team cause they care and play for 60 minutes- We have seen may years of the contrary!! I still feel we r on the right path. We need more talent and time- Next year will tell a lot of the story.

  • plunkhead

    Heck yes, it would be worth more then money for the blog awesomeness points I would get

  • 10centsworth

    For what its worth…you are impressing me. I see an objective reality AND a fan’s enthusiasm. Thanks. I also want some instant gratification and not just the memories.

  • plunkhead

    Last time I wore Plaid pants was 78 and that was to go with my new do.
    I got a greg brady perm and was the cats meow for a week or two

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Guess the Raiders have special Thanksgiving day hats to wear on the sidelines. What ever happened to folding the bill? Kids these days….

    https://twitter.com/RAIDERS/status/405373496873603072/photo/1

  • R8erEduc8er

    We’re going to be the ugly stepchild on Turkey day in Dallas. The pre-game and everything else will be all about shining a light on Dallas….”and oh yeah, they’re playing the Raiders”. We’ll be the footnote. Everyone watching the game with you at home will be compelled to root for Dallas because it’s gonna feel like all of America is. The “big names” versus “who are these players?”. I can see it now.

  • Raideraholic

    Oakland signing a 1 year extension is disappointing, This new stadium thing is taking forever. Hope Mark’s not waiting for London.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    You know what happened last time he played the Lions. He made like a gazillion dollars off it.
    Think it is +5. That or the STeelers -3.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Listened to an interview with Burnett last week on The Game. He was asked why it was he thought the D was doing well this year considering they were brought in from all over the place, no history of playing together.
    He said he couldn’t say more than that they really liked each other, that they really want to jell. In other words, as you say, “they bring a lunch pail.”
    That was the first of Reggie’s goals, as I recall–to create a new work ethic associated with this team, a new atmosphere, to get rid of the association of the Raiders as a place where formerly good players could go to draw a check.
    That will pay off in the ability to get free agents, too. RM has done a good job with that.

  • plunkhead

    That’s goes with thinking that Reg is not seeking stars right now. He is building depth and character. Next year he will try to find some playmakers that will FIT in.

  • Jim Jesus

    Gotta roll the bill Bro that other flat look is WHACK!

  • SR Raider

    Yep. It’s been a good strategy so far. All depends on who he brings in next year

  • Gdog

    This is a game to find out what kind of character all these guys that Reggie brought in to replace the “check cashers” have. They HAVE to be embarrassed and PO for dropping their pants to lose a very winnable game Sunday, and they will know the world is watching… I want to see the defense flying around and making plays all 60 minutes! If they, do we have a fighting chance. Dallas is not that great. If they drop their pants again, stick a fork in this team. Their character is no different than the guys they replaced…

  • Raideraholic

    Jano watched 2.5 hours of film to see what was wrong his kicking mechanics. I hope he didn’t strain himself with that extra workload.

  • Theghostronin79

    Nooo man…It’s encouraging. Davis wants a new stadium; Said he wouldn’t sign an extension unless he was guaranteed a new one….. Well, the “Coliseum City” plans are moving forward. I think that was enough to urge Mark to stay put. All this could mean that the Raiders aren’t leaving Oakland, and probably never will.

  • Raideraholic

    Hope so, things are just moving so slow…

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    What options did they have? Not building a new stadium in 9 months.

  • DJ Johnny

    That’s all nice and good but you have to win games.
    The effort is better it appears and the attitude I guess…but we NEED the w’s.
    I’m sick of moral victories and “we almost got em’s”.

  • Raideraholic

    I hear ya, just that this whole process is way overdue, At this rate I will be old and grey by the time they finally get a new stadium.

  • Jim Jesus

    Fits the team LOL.

  • Jim Jesus

    I already am. But I do have the advantage in that I do get better looking everyday. I can’t wait for tomorrow LOL.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    This defense has 10 new starters.

    Lets break this down:

    Secondary
    1. CB Left side no one wanted signed to one year deal (NEW)
    2. CB Right side ditto (NEW)
    3. Safety CW ditto (NEW)
    4. Safety from Practice squad Ross backing up injured TB (NEW to Starting)
    (Osuma Young is above average for a backup Safety one of a few things above average on this defense with Houston being other)
    (Adams is a backup CB and was cut then resigned for 600k – he was not even good enough to be tendered)

    Linebackers
    Burnett cut or allowed to walk from Maimi (replaced with Wheeler and signed to multi year deal (NEW)
    Roach FA signed to multi year deal did not garner much interest in FA market (NEW)
    Sio Moore (NEW) very good rookie but is a rookie (NEW)
    (RM did get good depth with Maliva (NEW) and Burris coming off IR (OLD Starter not good enough to start with upgrades from last year) which helps with ST)

    Line
    Houston (one holdover from last years starters and is an above average base end but is being used more as rush end due to lack over there)
    Walker (NEW) No one else wanted him signed to one year deal.
    Sims (NEW) No one else wanted him signed to one year deal.
    Houston (NEW) He may have a multi year deal not sure but FA that sparked little interest.
    (Coaches trying to develop own talent using 6th and 7th round draft picks in rotation)

    Now I know a good DC can mask a lot of things but come on! We are actually overachieving based on personal especially against the run due to Walker and Sims performance and good LB play from Roach and Burnett as well as Moore. We even are getting some pass rush at times with no natural pass rusher on the line using blitzes and other creative schemes.

  • Raideraholic

    The ladies do love the “silver foxes”

  • Jim Jesus

    Exactly. No excuses we could have, should have won at least 3 games that we lost.

  • 10centsworth

    Something I’ve said before but here, at this point, I think needs reiterating. Burnett, mentioned below. This LB. That tackle. They are ALL world class athletes, maybe a notch or two below the VERY best, but good players. TEAM. Believe it or not, there were no ***STARS*** on the old Raiders. I’m not saying they were all humble guys. BUT they knew they were a team, that as a team they had an attitude, one recognized by ALL, other teams and world wide. Players coming in here, Lyle, Hendricks. They found that attitude here, didn’t bring it. That attitude did not just come from the players. In fact, the players embraced the fans for OUR attitude. We got a makings of a team again. I suggest…don’t miss the boat. Be a part of that and shake off the hangovers of the last ten years. Amazing what that reality can do. And…that Attitude. WE ARE THE RAIDERS.

  • Raideraholic

    DMAC said he could have played against the Titans but was “playing it safe”.
    I’ll bite my tongue…

  • Jim Jesus

    Yeah I was thinking “better safe than sorry” LMAO! Mr. irrelevant

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    I think we also played it safe by taking away his pads.
    Can’t have his 3.2 ypc bringing down the offense.

  • Theghostronin79

    On that note, I spotted my 1st gray hair…..It was like a kick in the Ballz….Damn……It’s begun.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Gotta have the silver and black hair man!!!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    That is encouraging. Oakland needs some good news for a change.

  • RaidingTexas

    Not so sure I agree. Yeah, a lot of it will be about Dallas. But the UDFA McGloin story is also a compelling story line. I expect that to get a bit of pre-game hype too.

  • Raideraholic

    Jennings is reminding me of Wheatley, And I like it.
    Bye Darren, Let us Raider fans know next year if Dez is a jerk or if he is just misunderstood.

  • DJ Johnny

    Here’s another side note.
    Since Reggie and DA have taken over they do not have ONE SINGLE VICTORY over a team with a winning record.
    Here’s another opportunity Thursday.

  • Raideraholic

    must just be a coincidence

  • 10centsworth

    Me too. What brand of mirror you got?

  • SR Raider

    We need a game like Gruden had vs. KC at the end of his first season. Something to motivate the team for next year

  • Theghostronin79

    OK, so…What have I got? Like 3 years, then it’ll be mostly silver?

  • RaidingTexas

    Hate those flat bills. Damn skater punks.

  • prometheus

    neither do the fruity niners this year but nobody cares