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Raiders top pick Karl Joseph may sit first two preseason games

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Raiders rookie safety Karl Joseph said Tuesday he may miss the first couple of preseason games. (AP photo)

Raiders rookie safety Karl Joseph said Tuesday he may miss the first couple of preseason games. (AP photo)

NAPA — Raiders first-round pick Karl Joseph might not play when the team opens its preseason schedule Friday at Arizona.

Joseph, a projected starting safety and the team’s No. 14 overall pick, said Tuesday that the plan is to be cautious as he returns from October surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

“We’ve still got a couple days, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I didn’t play in the first preseason game or two,” Joseph said. “It’s nothing to worry about. At the end of the day, I’m just trying to make sure I’m fully 100 percent ready to go for that first game.”

Joseph tore his ACL during his senior season at West Virginia and missed all of the offseason program before returning for training camp. He’s participated in nine of the 10 practices in Napa, missing last Thursday’s as a preventative measure.

“The goal is to be ready for Sundays,” Joseph said. “I definitely would like to get some preseason action, but it’s going to be a day-to-day thing to see how the knee’s feeling and everything.”

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, while not speaking specifically about Joseph, said he’ll aim to delicately balance getting his team prepared with ensuring they are fresh when the team opens the regular season Sept. 11 in New Orleans.

“You’re always balancing the work you’d like to get in with the fresh, healthy guy that opens the season and has a healthy, productive season,” Del Rio said. “We’ll battle that like we all do around the league. We have a plan going in, and we’ll adjust it as we need to.”

Joseph has stepped right in to first-team repetitions since joining the team for the start of training camp. He said he feels up to speed mentally with what he’s being asked to do.

“Me being out there during the OTAs and taking the mental reps and being in the film room definitely helped as well,” Joseph said. “I wasn’t too far behind.”

But purely from a physical standpoint, Joseph is pleased with the coaching staff’s plan to take it slow considering his hasn’t played in a game in more than 10 months.

“They’re just doing a good job controlling it,” Joseph said. “Obviously it’s hard just going back into it and going hard every day like that so they’re doing a good job controlling it, getting me some much-needed rest, some days off.”

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • inonewordraider

    What is it youre trying to convince us of?

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    handling Kujo with kid gloves doesn’t inspire confidence

  • R8RCatDave

    They do it at soccer in Brazil, but it goes around counter clockwise

  • jesusraiderjim

    The way some of these guys on other teams are dropping like flies I got no problem with it. Our training staff is top notch and I totally trust their judgment

  • eastoaklandraider

    Nothing it’s just my opinion

  • BroJackson34

    Not a custom in this organization; doing things smart and not rushing anything. Inspires that our coaching staff aren’t a bunch of idiots.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    good…an abundance of McDonald, Carrie and McGill…good stuff

  • SaintKaufman

    It’s over, nobody listens to techno!

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    yeah, it’s just preseason. so do we roll with Dewey or Nate?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Do we Dewey?

  • jesusraiderjim

    I’m gonna guess Dewey just cause JDR heaped some praise on the “MacDonald Boys” today.

  • BroJackson34

    lol

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    you scoop llama dewey today?

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Do the Dew!

  • no reason to worry.

  • jesusraiderjim

    If Dewey was Italian we could Dewey Wap

  • Carrie will be at CB. but it’ll be good for those guys to get some extra reps.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Dexter, too?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    No.
    Sitting on 20 barrels looking for a buyer!
    1 reg bailed and the other isn’t ready yet.

  • DJ Johnny

    The concern is him not getting enough work in..in real NFL action and then suddenly there he is in New Orleans getting torched by Drew Brees.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Said “The MacDonald boys” are having a very good camp

  • I liked Russell back when he was in Wisconsin. Didn’t know he’d be this good, but knew he’d be a guy to watch.

  • R8RCatDave

    Ever try freeze drying it?

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    practice squad, perhaps?

  • jesusraiderjim

    Carr on NFL Network in 20 minutes

  • Johnny was set up to fail no matter where he went because he never had his head on straight. never had the work ethic. Never had the hunger. That’s the difference.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Musty isn’t ? I might have to save your comment.. like you save mine 🙂

  • eastoaklandraider

    https://youtu.be/atdgq_uKJbQ
    _________

    Yeah Manziel had NO talent smh

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    exactly..the dude hasn’t played real football in a year

  • M.Shorter

    Yeah but were facing a Dennis Allen defense. We’ll be fine

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    slap youself.

  • BroJackson34

    I think he’ll get it in but it won’t be rushed. Wouldn’t compromise a career for a few preseason games.

  • put 50 mil into a high interest account, pay off all my debts and debts of family and friends, buy a few toys, invest in real estate.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    vets like Reggie Nelson could probably miss all of preseason and it wouldn’t matter. A rookie missing preseason games after missing all rookie minicamp, OTA’s and at least 1 day of TC is troubling, if we do in fact start him Week 1

  • BroJackson34

    I was talking about the coaches who are in charge of making the decisions for Kujo. Last I checked…lol

  • i’d buy you a civilian voyage into space just to blow your mind.

  • M.Shorter

    Why? Allen is the Saints DC. We’ll crush his weak defense

  • right answer.

  • BroJackson34

    slap your teets!

  • why are you buzzing on JM right now?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Hah!

  • inonewordraider

    Id actually start carrie instead of karl in reg season if he cant go, unless mcgill or mcdonald show something

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Sorry, this is all I got:
    “Inspires that our coaching staff aren’t a bunch of idiots.”
    hopefully…you won’t have to see that again!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Round trip?

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    I hope you’re right…but never count out DA, good coach

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    you know Mack & Irvin have been slapping Watsons!

  • jesusraiderjim

    Bro I rarely disagree with you, well except about DA, Watson, and this. LOL Much ado about nothing. Seriously not even worth worrying about. Did I mention Carr on NFL Network in 16 minutes?

  • BroJackson34

    When it comes to drugs, Johnny Manziel usually likes to dewey.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    well spoken young man committed to excellence

  • inonewordraider

    He was trying to sell us on jm>mcgloin earlier i believe