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Raiders sign long-snapper Thomas Gafford, place Jon Condo on injured reserve for final three games

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Long-snapper Jon Condo was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Long-snapper Jon Condo was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

ALAMEDA _ The Raiders signed long-snapper Thomas Gafford Tuesday and placed two-time Pro Bowl snapper Jon Condo on injured reserve, ending his season.

 

Gafford, 32, was the long-snapper for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2008 through 2014 and spent part of training camp this season with the Chicago Bears.

 

Undrafted out of Houston in 2005, Gafford (6-foot-2, 250 pounds) went through training camps or offseasons with Green Bay, Seattle and Chicago before catching on with the Chiefs.

 

Condo executed two punt snaps after his injury, believed to be a dislocated shoulder sustained while recovering a muffed punt.

 

It made for some drama when Condo re-entered the game.

 

“His first snap (on the sideline) went into the coolers and I thought, `uh, oh,’ ” punter Marquette King said. “Coach is like, `OK, you’re going to have to punt real fast.’  One of his arms couldn’t really move . . . so I had to shorten up my distance to 11 or 12 yards and as soon as I touched the ball I got it out as fast as I could.”

 

Condo has been the Raiders long-snapper since the start of the 2007 season. The only time anyone else has snapped was when Condo had a concussion while covering a punt in the 2012 season opener. Backup snapper Travis Goethel had three punts blocked in a 22-12 loss to San Diego.

— Offensive linemen, both starters and reserves, were pleased to find 55-inch flat screen color televisions in front of their lockers as Christmas gifts, courtesy of quarterback Derek Carr.

— Wide receiver Jeremy Pinkard was signed to the practice squad.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • ForHundred8

    Yo

  • BigTed707

    Welcome to the Raiders, Tommy.
    Don’t screw up

  • BigTed707

    Ho Ho

  • 909RaiderLifer

    Yippie kai aye..

  • Dan78

    ILABUZZ.com??? in 2016….

  • SilverandBlack666

    Second

  • Dakota

    At least Gafford is experienced. Hope Jano can take a break from the buffet line to practice with him this week.

  • SilverandBlack666

    Mark is a good owner — like Reggie he has been learning on the job and getting better.

    I think any NFL team would hire Mark for any position. Yes that is directed at you MR.

  • MachoManRandySavage

    If Marky really needed much help Ron Wolf and John Madden would have advised him to get a vet GM, as it turns out Marky hired the cheapest guy he could find, and has been helping him out ever since the Denis Allen hiring and the Hayden draft.

  • SilverandBlack666

    I like how the three of them work together. Mark Reggie and JDR.

  • DutchRaid

    Kinda Interesting…this is from the Packers site…makes Reggie look golden-http://nfl.packers.com/team/staff/mckenzie_reggie/

  • DutchRaid
  • SilverandBlack666

    “A former player, coach and now personnel executive, McKenzie oversees Green Bay’s scouting efforts “

  • RaiderCODE

    Speaking on the condition of anonymity, two different attorneys familiar with the situation who have dealt with the NFL in the past told NBC 7 SportsWrap that Richardson’s actions could help lay the groundwork for a collusion lawsuit by either the City/County of San Diego or, more likely, Stan Kroenke and the Rams.

    There are several reasons for this, according to the attorneys:

    Richardson sought cooperation from an influential individual (Iger) to a specific project in the best interest of two owners (Dean Spanos and Mark Davis) and did so in a confidential manner.

    This individual’s involvement is a detriment to another owner (Kroenke).

    Richardson’s status as the head of the Committee on Los Angeles Opportunities, which has influence on the decision process.

    There are financial ramifications for Richardson’s actions (in the billions of dollars).

    Taken all together, the attorneys said, that would satisfy the conditions necessary to bring a collusion lawsuit.

    Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/New-Interview-with-Disney-CEO-Bob-Iger-Working-on-Chargers-Carson-Stadium-Plan-Raising-Questions-361641181.html#ixzz3uQzgq2ib
    Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook

  • Dakota

    The bitter San Diego city attorneys are saber rattling lol. If you want to see collusion, look at how some owners have tried to force Mark Davis out of the picture in order to get Stan to LA.

  • RTF916

    The story’s gathering steam. Dakota’s on the defensive.

  • RTF916

    This seems personal with you.

  • SilverandBlack666

    Yeah kind of like the whole Reggie – Mark argument last thread was so “personal” to you.

  • RTF916

    I’m just trying to picture which teams would hire Mark Davis as their GM. It’s funny, that’s for sure.

  • Dakota

    You 49er fans got your stadium.

  • RTF916

    Everything’s personal with me. We’re all connected. – Mike Tyson. Or was it Neil deGrasse?

  • RaiderCODE

    its a big deal – a *huge* fuggup by their boy Iger and their attorneys present during his interview… how could he not know that admitting he was approached privately by Richardson would reveal a huge conflict of interest?

    wow – this story is just getting better and better… if NFL sides with Carson, all hell is going to break loose – multiple lawsuits a gonna fly… (and that means nothing happens until they are resolved)

  • RTF916

    All the more reason for the Raiders to stay. Raiders now own the bay area.

  • RTF916

    Each time someone posts another link, Dakota gets more defensive, angry. lol. It’s getting to him.

  • Dakota

    Sacramento arena lawsuit unearths new emails, documents that suggest illegal collusion and gifts to the Kings
    Is there now proof that majority owner Vivek Ranadive asked city for $100 million in ‘sweeteners’?

    You better worry about your Kings:

    https://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/sacramento-arena-lawsuit-unearths-new/content?oid=17159293

  • 909RaiderLifer

    The Oakland Raiders have signed LS Thomas Gafford, the club announced Tues

    ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed LS Thomas Gafford, the club announced Tuesday.

    Gafford
    has played in 116 career games for the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago
    Bears. He originally entered the NFL with the Green Bay Packers in 2006
    and has also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks. From 2008-14, Gafford
    appeared in 105 consecutive games for Kansas City, collecting 17
    special teams tackles and one fumble recovery. He played in 11 games for
    the Bears this season before being released on Nov. 28.

    The
    6-foot-2, 250-pounder was a four-year letterman at Houston, playing in
    47 games as the Cougars’ long snapper. He recorded 16 special teams
    tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

    In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed LS Jon Condo on the Reserve/Injured List.

    The Raiders also signed wide receiver Larry Pinkard to the practice squad.

    http://www.raiders.com/assets/images/imported/OAK/photos/centerpiece/2015/12-December/121515-gafford.jpg

  • RaiderCODE

    he’s the leader of the Raiders to LA clown show in here…..

  • RTF916

    News and Review has been against the arena from day one. They’ll bloviate any negative story they can find. KJ’s out, either Anqelique Ashby or Steinberg are in. Allegations will roll right off city council because they’re all related to Kevin. I like the News and Review for the weed ads, though.

  • Dan78

    Richardson giving Spanos and Davis a suggestion….. That’s all….

  • 909RaiderLifer

    He’s a member of the shaved head society, should hit it off with Seabass, no problem..

  • RaiderCODE

    the guy who is leading the commission whose recommendation will determine which project gets approved? yeah nothing to see here… Richardson “I recommend the project that I am personally involved with..”

    definition of collusion – any court would immediately reward the plaintiff – thats as cut and dry as it gets… the NFL is going to have to do something, like remove Richardson from the committee or not have them make any recommendation but it could be too late anyway – its obvious the ‘process’ was biased against Kroenke at the highest levels..

  • RaiderCODE

    hahah chiefs we got your ex-snapper!

    (now can you get a copy of the playbook please?)

  • Dan78

    NFL plays by their own rules….

  • RaiderCODE

    they still have to operate within the law …

  • SilverandBlack666

    Tap tap….is this thing on?

  • RaiderCODE

    And the Chargers have already threatened to sue the NFL if they allow the Rams to move to LA. (an old article but Im sure it still applies)

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/01/12/chargers-hint-strongly-at-litigation-to-keep-rams-out-of-la/

    “Every possible step” potentially encompasses a wide variety of strategies and tactics. And litigation could be inevitable.

    The unnamed Chargers official also “went there” regarding the potential impact of a legal battle over relocation on the currently-embattled league office.”

    what a mess – there is *no way* any real vote can happen and that result determine what is going to happen .. this is going to *have* to be a completely negotiated deal between all 3 parties… any vote that leaves one or more high and dry will result in nasty lawsuits … and maybe lawsuits regardless even if there is an agreement from the cities/fans that lose out.. the key is to limit the number of lawsuits to as few as possible and to ones that can be won (or settled with minimal pain)

  • Marc

    Rams and Chargers to LA with the caveat that each team will supply $100 million to fund a Stadium in Oakland as part of their relocation fee. Everyone wins (well, I do anyway).

  • SilverandBlack666

    I like that way you think

  • RaiderCODE

    plenty of discussion that Richardson was the one who came up with the Carson plan in the *first place* getting chargers/raiders to join forces and was done solely as to challenge Kroenkes move to LA – and the fact that now Richardson is chairing the committee to heavily sway the vote – is a huge conflict of interest…

  • SilverandBlack666

    “Broncos give Trent Richardson a look”

    When we beat them — they fall apart at the seems…

  • Goldie7

    new post everyone.

  • Coolio

    raiders to LA is good for the team. the team will make more money to pay our players. more money to attract more talent.