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Rivera, Jenkins not ruled out for Cowboys game

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Monday that tight end Mychal Rivera and cornerback are going through the league-mandated concussion protocol and that both players already are showing progress.
Both players suffered concussions against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. It seems a stretch for either Rivera or Jenkins to play in the Raiders next game, given it comes Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys.
Allen said he isn’t ruling out either player, though.

– Sebastian Janikowski has missed seven of 22 field-goal attempts this season. That’s as many as he missed in 2011 and 2012 combined.
Much has been made of Janikowski adjusting to a new holder, Marquette King, this season after spending his first 13 seasons working with Shane Lechler.
Allen has no interest in pointing fingers at anyone, and he downplayed the suggestion that there might be an issue between Janikowski and King.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say there’s an issue,” Allen said. “But I would say that when we go out there to kick field goals, we got to make field goals.
“I said this (Sunday) night, that there’s 11 guys that take the field on that field-goal unit. All of them have to do their job to be able to execute and get three points on the board. We’ve obviously got to do a better job in that phase of converting on our field-goal opportunities.”
Allen said “no” when asked if he intended to bring in another kicker as a result of Janikowski’s struggles. Janikowski wasn’t available for comment Sunday.

– The plan remains for left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer to make his 2013 debut against the Cowboys, Allen said.
Veldheer has spent most of the past four months recovering from a triceps injury that required surgery. Allen said Veldheer hasn’t suffered any setbacks since he resumed practicing. Therefore, it’s time to turn the big fella loose in a game.
Just the game, Allen said, it’s likely that Veldheer will be eased into the mix and not play an entire game. That way Veldheer can work his way into game shape.
As for what happens with Khalif Barnes once Veldheer returns, Allen didn’t offer any specifics.
Don’t plan on seeing rookie offensive tackle Menelik Watson anytime soon. He was a healthy scratch against the Titans, with Matt McCants getting the nod as one of the backups for that game.
“With Menelik, we have a situation with a guy who has really played a year of junior college, a year at Florida State and then missed training camp and the majority of the season,” Allen said. “He’s behind from a fundamental standpoint.”
Watson missed most of training camp and started one game before he suffered a second injury — he arrived at camp with a calf injury. He then missed significant time before he returned during the first half of the season.
“Matt McCants is a guy who we picked up early who’s been in the system and has been getting the work in,” Allen said. “And, when he’s gone in there, he’s played well. He’s ahead of Menelik. We still feel like Menelik has a bright future for us, but he’s missed so much time.”

– Running back Darren McFadden and strong safety Tyvon Branch are working out today, Allen said.
It’s conceivable that McFadden’s hamstring will heal enough and in time for him to play against the Cowboys. Allen said Branch is “getting closer” to playing again, though it likely won’t be this week. He hurt his ankle in Oakland’s second game this season and he hasn’t practiced or played in a game for more than two months.

– Linebacker Kevin Burnett is day-to-day with a quadriceps bruise. Coach Allen said he is confident that Burnett will be able to play Thursday.
“I saw him in there this morning, and he seemed to think he was fine,” Allen said. “So hopefully that’s the case.”

– Fullback Marcel Reece executed the Wildcat formation the two times the Raiders used it Sunday. This, despite the fact quarterback Terrelle Pryor was healthy enough to play.
Allen said the plan beforehand was to use Reece in the Wildcat. There also was a package of plays in the offense for Terrelle Pryor, though none of those plays got used.
“I felt like if we could play this game and still do well offensively and didn’t have to use those packages we’d be able to give him another week to heal up a little bit,” Allen said. “That was beneficial to him. We’ll see how that goes moving forward if there’s a way we can get him into the game in some of those packages.”

– Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa received some meaningful playing time against the Titans. It’s possible that he will get even mnore against the Cowboys unless Jenkins’ bounce back is a fast one.
“Chekwa was solid,” Allen said. “Obviously, they went at him on the one third-down play for a third-down conversion. It was a catch-tackle with just enough to get the first down, but that’s the first action, really, that Chimdi’s seen this year at the corner position.
“He’s a guy that, he’s really much improved from where he was at this point a year ago and if he has to go in there and play, then we’ve got confidence that he’ll go in and play well.”

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

    Crank up the La Quinta points!!!
    Indy here we come

  • RTF916

    Anything’s possible. Otherwise why play? Why follow the sport?

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

    Sims was manhandling Chance Warmack most of the day yesterday.

  • Goldie7

    I honestly love your optimistic attitude! Thanks man!

  • Chino

    Who doesn’t. Warmack ha! Best guard prospect in a decade. Fail

  • RTF916

    One game back from the 6th seed. Look it up.

  • KoolKell

    We were lucky to win the Pitt game. Allen tried his best to give it away.

  • spiff

    don’t get me wrong , I hope we can. but knowing we could have seized the opportunity yesterday. the coaches knew it . the players knew it and we didn’t take it . it’s F##ken discouraging. these coaches need to get their head out their a$$es and coach t win. instead of coaching not to lose. do that and yeah it’s possible………

  • turf toe

    I just read your reply and barked out a laugh, Pervisman. I feel better already.

  • spiff

    we tried to give away jax game also.

  • Jim Jesus

    Yeah that is the point. They all knew what was at stake. Pull those 2 or 3 special plays out of the vault, onside kick, fake field goal, FVCK something anything.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    He and Olson denied Pryor the opportunity to either pad the lead or give the game away by taking the ball out of his hands. Good call.

  • Jim Jesus

    here here fine sir.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I wonder if miss tick will bwatching?

  • Jim Jesus

    Thanks Cork! LOL enjoyed playing

  • Kamikaze_Sensei

    Well, just like you led your argument with fallacy, so can I. I was merely mocking your argument.

  • Kamikaze_Sensei

    Not too badly, living the Navy life; you?

  • Rico Stifler

    There were quite a few comments on the ESPN article that said that Griffin wasn’t at fault cuz Rivera lowered his head. They obviously didn’t see the hit.

  • Rico Stifler

    I know it wasn’t a clean hit. I just thought it was funny that some people are trying to justify the hit.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Post!

  • spiff

    true…… but pryor has a lot , a lot to work on in the off-season. if we had pryor’s legs and mcgloins passing we would have one damn good QB. but we don’t. and unfortunately probably have to look for one once again. but we’ll see……………..

  • Raidertalk

    Here’s our pattern, Dallas will spot us two scores, we will find a way to pizz that away in the second half. Just lose baby.

  • r8ter4evr

    The problem is not only making 4-6 FG attempts the problem is not scoring on at least 2 of those drives difference between winners and losers cant expect to hit every FG from 48 and beyond his short miss may have centered the upright? Still he should have made it

  • Raidertalk

    This team gives you just enough hope to keep you watching as they muck it up down the stretch and lose on some bone-headed mistake.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    P/EO

    I must apologize but it was from a twitter feed I can not find. It was based on him being 30-42 with 5 drops and 5 throw a ways giving him an effective rate of 30-32 hence the high rating. As a consolation I have a link to another site I look at regarding QB stats. It illustrates some of the problems Pryor creates for the team when he is QB. He is 42nd out of 43 on DVOA which is an all encompassing stat that tries to take in as many factors as possible.

    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/qb

  • r8ter4evr

    Ya you drank em all

  • 10centsworth

    You know, you might find an intellect around there…somewhere…in the seat cushions? Left it in the car? That is so weak, pitiful is a compliment.

  • 10centsworth

    Ok. As I’ve said, and I think you know, I do not wish the guy bad/evil. When he was here or since. My fetish is picking my toe nails. Or is that chewing? Gosh, getting old is…what were we talking about?

  • 10centsworth

    Go ahead. Your turn. I asked them how to get the hell out of Phoenix.

  • seymour bush

    Can we now all call this “wave of the future” offense what it really is: “the steaming pile of sh**” offense?

  • …And Justice for AL

    It was the concussion. He hasn’t looked the same since. Can I get some stats pre and post concussion?