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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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  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    aawww hellz yeah

  • R8derdiehard

    Lol that’s messed up

  • Rifflicks

    Start Prior QB the rest of the games and lets get the #1 overall pick

  • R8erEduc8er

    *farts*

  • Jim Jesus

    Lot of that going around this year. Isn’t that the 4th or 5th person this year?

  • RTF916

    3 jumpers this season alone.

    I’d put the average IQ of NFL game attendees anymore at around 70. And that’s being kind.

  • R8derdiehard

    And it’s not like Pryor can’t throw its just not his strength but he can do it so it would put a lot of pressure on the defense

  • RTF916

    The way the AFC is this year, if we really won out we’d probably have the 5th seed, let alone be in.

  • plunkhead

    Bill Obrien
    He has Sunday experiance

  • Rico Stifler

    Does anyone think the Griffin hit on Rivera was a clean hit?

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

    5th seed will be KC/Den non-division winner.
    We have no chance of catching them

  • RTF916

    My theory depends on KC losing out.

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

    The league and refs didn’t and that’s what counts

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

    I still don’t think we would have the tiebreaker over them

  • spiff

    rivera helmet flew 10 yards……….come on ?

  • marks hair

    another 2-3 yrs before we have a solid team? 7-8 yrs? who knows…?

  • plunkhead

    I will take the RG’s straight up tonight.
    I am ready for Hardbog to lose the team

  • RTF916

    Chargers beat them and we beat the Chargers. So far so good.

  • Jim Jesus

    My point was that if we won the rest of our games or even 4 of 5 we might still have a chance, just curious? Not a scenario I am very hopeful about.

  • spiff

    we’re so close , yet so far………. organized confusion.

  • RTF916

    If we win out, with I think 5 teams being just one game a head of us, you’d have to think there’s a very good chance we’re in.

  • Gdog

    I would argue the two biggest games of the year were Philly and Tenn… both coming off wins, both critical for playoff consideration. The defense choked away BOTH of them… so I looked who had good rated games. There was only ONE player on defense in the PFFs green in both games. One.

    I will buy one free cyber shot for the first person to guess who this player is…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    All their losses are division. Hah!

  • Jim Jesus

    Roach

  • spiff

    yeah , share that drink wit me man. and the dope.

  • Gdog

    Incorrect.

  • Jim Jesus

    So disappointed in that loss yesterday. Seems like every time we have a chance to get better we CHOKE!

  • RTF916

    A season ticket holder just down voted that comment.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    We wouldn’t have needed help with a win yesterday. Now we would. Of course, we’d need a lot of help to win out.

  • spiff

    sims

  • RTF916

    At least our defense is bottling up the teams that it should. It’s progress.

  • Raidersfan727

    Guys, we still have a chance. Period. Thursday’s game is huge

  • Gdog

    Spiff wins a cyber shot! Well played! Cheers…

  • 1960AutumnWind

    I have not checked but I would think Houston

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

    I guess that is true. WTF are talking about anyways, lol????

  • RTF916

    Technically we’re one game out of the 6th seed. From there, sky’s the limit!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Typed before I saw Sims. What is with the defense. I just saw that Wookie’s net accuracy when factoring drops and throwaways was over 92%!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    It was the highest of any QB for the week.

  • RTF916

    When McKenzie and Allen got here our defense was like a rusted ’74 Buick deserted on a highway, with 3 wheels. They got 4 wheels on it now, it’s running.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    It’d be nice if we still had a shot ’till the end. Playing KC, SD, and Den. for more than pride.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    We should have held up against Titans strength was their defense.

  • Raidersfan727

    We just have to get off to a fast start. But I agree , I cant really enjoy other football games as much when the raiders are totally irrelevant. I would like us to still have a shot going into week 17.. actually i cant really enjoy them at all

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Where are these stats? Sounds interesting.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Roach

  • spiff

    I’d like thank all my fans, all my supporter for this monumental award. and I also would endorse the resigning of a one Patrick Simms.

  • RTF916

    To the Titans and their fans it was. To just about everyone else in the world, it wasn’t.

  • RTF916

    Cowboy’s won yesterday and they’re cocky. We lost and we’re hungry. This game’s ripe for an upset.

  • Chino

    Really? Man I never hear crap about him

  • RTF916

    Technically we’re one game out of the 6th seed. Parity’s back.

  • spiff

    just drank a shot, then another, then another, six shots later I realize there’s not a shot……….. for real.