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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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  • prometheus

    neither do the queefs and nobody cares

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Snap to kick being what-5 seconds?-watching the same kick from every available camera angle with a couple in slo-mo might take a minute.

    That’d be150 kicks. No offense.Just the numbers guy in me. And I’d hope he’d watch and kick and watch and kick repeatedly and ‘Where the heII you going, King? Get back here, rookie’!

  • 10centsworth

    Agree.Hope.Pray.

  • Raideraholic

    I will remember that! good one!

  • Jim Jesus

    You gotta wear the hat not the hat wear you. First thing I do is roll the brim, that is how its done tried and true. Old school. Like JFB said “Kids These Days”

  • RaidingTexas

    Didn’t they beat Dallas?

  • Jim Jesus

    Maybe it will help. How many beers went into that film session? LOL

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

    Maybe he was having a Finkle and Einhorn moment

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

    More than that. And the beard does this weird reddish color thing first than silver.

  • Raideraholic

    After kicking for this many years, let’s face it, Jano knows how to kick. Watch all the film you want- the reality is it is mainly mental with him.Just sayin

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’m a licensed General Contractor “B” class. And there seems to be a large unemployed labor pool in here. Gimme the contract. We’ll get it done!

  • DJ Johnny

    True, But were talking two seasons. Just saying it’s a chance to end that streak on Thursday.

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

    I got dudes on my softball team that wear the flat bill.
    I just can’t accept it between the lines, disgusts me.

  • prometheus

    dallas will be 8-8 like every year and weren’t a “winning” team record wise when they played the queefs. the steelers will end up with a winning record and a wild card SO the Raiders will have beaten a winning team this year. watch

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

    Chargers have a winning record don’t they?

  • prometheus

    Cowboys will be tough for OAK.

  • Raideraholic

    very astute lol

  • Theghostronin79

    That’s “Effing” weird….I noticed that. Like What the hell is this Red hair on my face. Well, now I know what’s coming.

  • 10centsworth

    I wet the bill, rolled it, rubber bands. Amusing marketing nowadays, athletes mimicking rappers; rappers? Ha, rappers mimicking red neck farmers, baggy pants, bib overalls, etc. The straight bill makes more money. Have to buy a too big hat, they charge more. Victims.

  • prometheus

    astute oh wow u pulled out that old dictionary. congratulations you are my hero

  • Raideraholic

    gotta be someones hero lol

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Disagree–little things, esp. faulty set up, off just a little bit, can force your brain to compensate. Happens to the best of golfers all the time. Kicking and golf are very similar.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Einhorn was hot.

  • DJ Johnny

    I’m talking at the time we played them.
    I guess it should account for something if you look back at the end of the year and say “Hey..we beat that playoff team this year”.

  • prometheus

    yeah if you beat the texans in week 3 you “beat a winning team” but it really doesn’t mean much

  • DJ Johnny

    I’m sure it is. Meaningless stat.

  • Raideraholic

    I agree Golf and NFL kicking game has similarities. I just wonder if sometimes over thinking can be worse. Maybe McGloin holding will settle him down.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Another 7 murders yesterday.
    Wish Mark would have seriously considered the Naval Weapons station site in Contra Costa. Great location, Bart right there.

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

    You are my hero if that is an Alexander WRight jersey

  • Raideraholic

    It’s Ronald friggin Curry, Had high hopes for him that disappeared! I do respect that he came back from numerous Achilles injuries though.

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

    I believe the better parallel is a MLB closer. Think Tom Niedenfuer, Billy Koch and on the extreme ends John Rocker and Donnie Moore. ONce you lose it you lose it, even though the talent and skill never changed.

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

    For the first hour or so of the movie, lol

  • Raideraholic

    I had a poster in the early 90′s something like, “speed kills”
    It had Wright, Jett, Rocket and Timmy.

  • 10centsworth

    You’ll make so much money, you can commute by ‘chopper. Comin’ in, Doors blasting through the neighborhood, dope dealers scrambling, 880 grinding to a halt. Ahhhhh, I love the smell of concrete in the morning.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    The best remedy for a golfer’s swing that has gone awry, is going to the practice tee until you identify the problem, correct it, practice. When you “see” what the problem is you actually hit your head and say, “Yep, they always say it goes back to the fundamentals–usually the set-up or the grip.”
    The longer you go w/out identifying the error that lead to all others, the more you become a head case. Jano wasn’t all that sharp in camp, pre-season, first few games. Then came his injury. Maybe that contributed to babying his follow through.
    Hopefully, he’s taken the time this time to identify it.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I remember that one!

  • Raideraholic

    1 more thing…
    “If loving you is wrong, I don’t wanna be wright” Berman when he was amusing.

  • RaidingTexas

    The passing offense will be tough for sure. I don’t see the Raiders defense having a lot of answers for the Romo-Witten-Dez power trio. Their defense is pretty bad, though. It’s run by a guy who looks every bit of 73 years old, if not older. McGloin and the receivers need to click.

  • Gdog

    I’d prefer a bunch of warriors that hate each other and won, than a bunch of great guys that like each other and face plant 4 winnable games. Maybe its just me?

    Everybody hated Gannon, but he won.

  • 10centsworth

    I think Dublin, east is a good site. That where you talkin’? Still space out there and equal commute for all, BART access. Get those Stockton/Fresno/Modesto folks on the bandwagon.

  • Raideraholic

    Good ole’ Hostetler throwing to them!
    That was a tough dude.

  • Tyler Miller

    Cowboys sign Marquez Wilson…The Raider Killer. …..:(

  • 10centsworth

    Yeah, lets celebrate a footnote. Second. I say…raise the bar.

  • Raideraholic

    All good points.
    I had said yesterday that I wonder if it would be best to let Jano go after the season. He is the last of the old regime that is associated with all things negative. (This is not a knee jerk reaction after the Titan loss). Thoughts?

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I’ve been saying for a long time that Jano seems to be lining up wrong, the same way a golfer lines up wrong,e ven on short iron shots. Once the results tell the golfer he’s too far left or too far right, he beings to compensate for the path of the ball by manipulating the swing with his arm swing or his wrist roll, things he shouldn’t be going since what is really wrong is in the fundamentals of the set-up, the lining up included.

    Same with Jano and his leg swing. He’s begun to compensate and is “aiming his swing” because he doesn’t trust that he’s lined up correctly, esp. from that one hash.

    The result is that sometimes he swings his leg freely from the right hash and things are fine because he “feels line up correctly” from there.
    From the other hash, he’s begun to feel that if he swings his leg freely and strongly, he’ll hook it right….so, he lets up, doesn’t swing through, and thus pushes the ball.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    new post

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    He got happy feet early one game and the announcer called him twinkle toes for the rest of the game. In a respectful, humerous way.

  • 10centsworth

    I remember beating the Steelers at home after they won a SB. Gee, I think I remember.

  • 10centsworth

    I got a signed (yes, really his) signature photo of his catch in Denver. I too wondered…

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I always wondered why it was that in cleaning away big contracts and in trying to find guys that are clutch, the Raiders re- signed Jano. And I’ll bet the rest of you wondered the same as I: what will he do when his best friend, his buddy, leaves the team?

    Kickers are set off from the rest of the team. Shane and Jano had a bond and evidently kept each other from getting bored and I believe SL kept Jano centered.
    .
    They are of entirely different temperaments and if Jano was slipping into some unsound fundamentals, which can happen to anyone, I am sure that Lechler was able right away to identify the problem.
    Jano lost his friend, his security blanket, and I’ll bet his coach.