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Pregame notes: Three Raiders who won’t suit up vs. Packers

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Mario Edwards Jr. suffered his serious neck injury last time the Raiders and Packers met. He'll sit this one out with a hip ailment. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Mario Edwards Jr. (97) suffered his serious neck injury last time the Raiders and Packers met. He’ll sit this one out with a hip ailment while Ben Heeney (51) will suit up. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., tight end Gabe Holmes and running back Jalen Richard will not suit up for the Raiders in Thursday night’s exhibition game against the Green Bay Packers.

None of those players were expected to play with Edwards out 4-6 weeks with a hip strain, Holmes likely on injured reserve with a severe ankle injury and Richard having not practiced in a over a week.

The mild surprise is that linebacker Ben Heeney is not on that list. Heeney suffered a minor leg injury in practice on Monday after getting tangled up with tight end Mychal Rivera on a deep pass route.

Heeney was at practice the next day, which was a non-padded practice, and didn’t participate in team drills.┬áTypically, if a player isn’t involved in team drills in the last practice before a game, he doesn’t play, especially for an exhibition game. And there’s no knowing yet how much Heeney will play, if at all. But it’s a good sign for him to be suited up as clearly indicates how minor his injury was.

Richard misses his second straight preseason game with a knee injury suffered just a couple days before last week’s game against the Cardinals. He had been considered a strong candidate for the roster and is expected to remain heavily in the mix despite the injury.

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Jimmy Durkin

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

  • Tecmo FIRE THEM ALL!!!

    Headed to the store to get a handle

  • MEX_GHOST

    Great! Musgrave job is safe.

  • R8der4evr

    Russ has her bro

  • R8der4evr

    I don’t tweek no more bro

  • Playing the Titans thought while we play them week 3 probably assures that we will be even more vanilla in that game as well

  • BroJackson34

    Raiders anthem, 2 steps forward 9 steps back, we come together cause penalties subtract.

    yeah I did that. lol

  • Dakota

    Well, it must have been 30 below at Lambeau right?

  • MEX_GHOST

    MR has a lot of handles, ask one to him.

  • Captain Jack aka Rudegruden

    Damn that was a reach ­čÖé

  • Captain Jack aka Rudegruden

    Lolol

  • BroJackson34

    LOL

  • R8RCatDave

    Show em everything, then vanilla in real game

  • Captain Jack aka Rudegruden

    Let’s forget this game ever happened!

  • Raideraholic

    The best news of the night was that Mario Edwards Jr, Gabe Holmes, and Jalen Richards made absolutely no mistakes this evening.

  • the authority dr robert

    Does “lock” mean something different now than it did when I used to gamble?

  • Raideraholic

    I’m old enough to get that LOL

  • Captain Jack aka Rudegruden

    Our lack of run game and us not addressing it is going to bite us in the ars

  • the authority dr robert

    Poor ga3 is unlikely to ever see the ball again.

  • StrongGrogCharlie

    I think we have addressed it. A running game can take a while to come together.

  • Raideraholic

    Glaucoma? Cataracts?

  • Fugazi

    I look at this game as preseason learning experience. Besides they always say the third preseason game is the most important. We’ll see next week what’s really going on

  • BroJackson34

    Game pass didn’t even play the rest of the game. lol fml

  • Fugazi

    They cut the game off here in the Bay Area right after it ended

  • Raideraholic

    They recently instituted a mercy rule LOL

  • MEX_GHOST

    Ask to them your money back!!

  • R8RCatDave

    Mr ed reruns, better ratings

  • BroJackson34

    WilBurrrrr!

  • Fugazi

    Hello, I’m Mr ED

  • R8RCatDave

    Greatest talking animal ever

  • jesusraiderjim

    No excuses for our poor play. No execution. No fire on d. No pressure as usual. Very disappointed. Murray =Blah.

  • BroJackson34

    Same here. Both teams are playing preseason games and they looked great against our first team and we looked atrocious against their second team.

  • BroJackson34

    Murray’s vision doesn’t do well at the second level.

  • inonewordraider

    Put yourself in raiders shoes, if ur first string with a fat contract, would u play all out?

  • jesusraiderjim

    When the opponent drives down and scores on its first possession we need to jam it right back down their throats.

  • Raideraholic

    It depends if they had some Integrity or was just another Check Casher! Personally, I’m looking for guys with integrity and are looking to improve themselves.

  • BroJackson34

    Difference between having an experienced play caller as well. We just looked bad, period.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Catch you later Bro. Ave a good night.

  • BroJackson34

    The Packers did.

  • StrongGrogCharlie

    Guys

    GB is a 10-6 team who’ve played well for quite a while and are coming off one of the most stable off-seasons in the league.

    Of COURSE they dominated game #2 of the pre-season. Even their depth already knows what they are doing. We still represent the lower 1/3 in the league for experience.

    give er time.

  • Dakota

    Yeah, that sounds like BS. How did our staring QB do?

  • inonewordraider

    Not necessarily, know ones miles ahead, so a little more effort makes a big difference

  • M.Shorter

    Sloppy game. Glad we didnt have any injuries. Alot of starters from the other teams didnt play today…Short rest week. That being said, our starters need to tackle better and our offense needs a tune up. I would like to see some throw back screens to Washington or Jones. Maybe some bootleg option formations jus to get the opposing defense’s thinking. Offense is too predictable so far. Next game we need to start the game with a long drive for a td and a stop on defense(or the other way around)

  • BroJackson34

    Whatever makes you feel better about our first teams looking like trash. Go for it!

  • BroJackson34

    Later bro! You too!

  • StrongGrogCharlie

    How did the whole team do? I didn’t dispute that they got schooled.

  • M.Shorter

    Yep new post

  • R8der4evr

    Russ Wilson is 5-11 and scoreless
    Panic much?

  • Aussie Raider

    And was he wearing eyeliner?

  • inonewordraider

    I wonder if. If Tom Brady panics this much over a preseason loss?

  • R8erEduc8er

    Is now a good time for a Jesus rah rah speech from Carr in the post-game locker room?