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Raiders notes: Osemele missed game due to kidney stone, Raiders rested after mini-bye

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Raiders guard Kelechi Osemele (70) missed the Chiefs game with a kidney stone but said he is good to go against San Diego. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Raiders guard Kelechi Osemele (70) missed the Chiefs game with a kidney stone but said he is good to go against San Diego. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

By Jerry McDonald

ALAMEDA — The Raiders returned to work Tuesday rested and ready.

And in the case of left guard Kelechi Osemele, relieved.

It turns out the “illness” which caused Osemele to be a late scratch from last Thursday’s 21-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was a kidney stone, something he revealed to reporters following practice in excruciating detail.

“It’s frustrating, but you really don’t have control over the things that happen with your health,” Osemele said. “I’m just fortunate.”

Osemele indicated to Raiders fans on Twitter Monday “Great workout and it’s safe to say I’ve made a full recovery.” He is expected to be back in the starting lineup when the Raiders visit the San Diego Chargers Sunday.

As tough as it was to lose a lineman who has gone a long way toward making the Raiders one of the top lines in the NFL, rookie seventh-round pick Vadal Alexander filled in admirably.

“I didn’t know I was playing until I was warming up at the stadium,” Alexander said. “You’ve got to approach every week like you’re the starter, whether you are or not, because anything can happen. Each week can be a whole different situation.”

Alexander knows of what he speaks, for it’s been a roller coaster ride of a rookie season. First, he made the team as a seventh-round pick, then was forced into a starting role at right tackle in Weeks 4 and 5 against Baltimore and San Diego because of injuries to Austin Howard and Menelik Watson.

In four of the ensuing five games, Alexander was inactive, in part because of an ankle injury. Against the Chiefs, Alexander alternated with Jon Feliciano for three series at left guard, then played the remainder of the game, getting 66 of 75 total snaps.

Despite being without their most powerful run blocker, the Raiders rushed for 135 yards, including 102 on 23 carries by Latavius Murray. Quarterback Derek Carr was sacked only once.

“He did pretty well,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “We ran the ball well. We gave up one sack. That’s a good front. Overall, I thought he was part of a pretty solid effort up front.”

— The flip side of getting short rest following a Thursday game is the mini-bye that ensues afterward. The Raiders had a light practice Tuesday, their first since playing against the Chiefs.

“It was a quick turnaround, but they had to face the same thing, so no excuses there,” Murray said. “Now, being able to have a few days off, have the weekend off, feels really good. I think everyone feels good about that. That’s a positive going forward heading into this week in San Diego.”

Fullback Jamize Olawale said he wants to get the bad taste out of his mouth following the loss but conceded “it is necessary to rest your body as much as you can during the season. This was a good opportunity for me to get off my feet, spend time with the family.”

— The Raiders seemed to be following Del Rio’s lead with regard to how to react after seeing their six-game losing streak come to an end.

“I tell our guys, `We’re to going to lay around and bathe in the adulation of a win,’ ” Del Rio said. “We’re also not going to sit around and wallow in misery when we lose.”

In terms of playoff seeding, the Raiders went from No. 1 to No. 5, and Olawale figures if a that can happen in one week, it’s equally possible to have it go the other way in the next three games.

“Every week our objective is to win and it’s our only focus, really,” Olawale said. “I’m not really concerned about what seed we are. It can change in the matter of a week. We dropped four places. Every week that can change.”

Of more tangible interest is the fact that the Raiders can clinch a post-season berth against the Chargers with a win.

— Murray wanted no part of second-guessing the third-and-1 call that resulted in an incomplete pass from the Kansas City 14-yard line. Carr’s pass to Andre Holmes was incomplete, followed by a false start and another incomplete pass to end the game.

Even Del Rio said Monday he wished the Raiders would have run it.

“I know everybody wants to talk about what we should have did and maybe it’s one of those things we could have done differently,” Murray said. “But I trust in every call that comes in. If it had worked, we wouldn’t be talking about what we should have done. That’s just how the game goes.”

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Jimmy Durkin

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

  • R8der4evr St Homer

    GHOSTTOWN

  • Rik/The/”Crusader”⚔️

    First… homer doesn’t count

  • Rik/The/”Crusader”⚔️

    Great article Jimmy

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Go RAIDERS beat the Bolts!!
    Dominate them!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Yeah that dude can bang some articles out

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Carr 400 yards 3TDs Murray 130 Yards 2 TDs

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Oh, and Seabass with a 55 yard field goal.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I read your article it was good..

  • Aussie Raider

    Las Vegas Raiders baby.

  • the authority dr robert

    Well it’s nice to have actual news here again.

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Durkin breaking the news

  • the authority dr robert

    Over here guys.

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Cbarnard @CornellBarnard
    Oakland City Council votes unanimously to move forward w/ negotiations on a Raiders stadium plan. #ABC7now
    10:20 PM – 13 Dec 2016

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Oakland and Alameda vote to keep Raiders. Now it will all disappear due to the Lott group wanting a piece of the team

  • Rik/The/”Crusader”⚔️

    OLAY

  • Rikster/Da/Kool/Kat

    Avast ye Maties

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    9h9 hours ago
    Ray Ratto ‏@RattoCSN
    The stadium plan nobody wants to like, for good reason. @CSNAuthentic: http://bit.ly/2gY2iwU

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)
  • idahoraiderfan33

    So like when do they break dirt??

  • Rikster/Da/Kool/Kat

    Ahoy Maties

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Vic Tafur – Verified account ‏@VicTafur

    For ingress/egresss and staffing reasons, was told while back tarps are not coming down, even in the playoffs. #Raiders

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    16h16 hours ago
    rachelswan ‏@rachelswan
    Dan Siegel: “The city of Oakland doesn’t have $350 million to spend on the Raiders, they’re free to come back on their own dime.” #oakmtg

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    21h21 hours ago
    Tom Pelissero ‏@TomPelissero
    NFL exec Eric Grubman told me #Raiders stadium term sheet up for vote today is a “carbon copy” of past failed plans. http://usat.ly/2gEUunK

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Ian Rapoport
    Ian Rapoport – Verified account ‏@RapSheet

    Something to watch: If #Raiders make the playoffs, the @NFL would likely grant a request to take tarp off the stadium. More fans, more seats
    7:57 AM – 14 Dec 2016

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    NFL not impressed which means. What NFL says goes

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Vegas Raiders

  • idahoraiderfan33

    This is starting to seem like one big waste of time..
    Carbon copy of past failed plans, smh

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Gordon expected to play Sunday against the RAIDERS

  • idahoraiderfan33

    But will Mark take those tarps down is the thing

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Maybe, they still in play if not the front runner as of now

  • idahoraiderfan33

    According to ESPN we have a 99% to make the playoffs..
    All we have to do is WIN Sunday

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    No, he isn’t. Bosa is playing though

  • idahoraiderfan33

    How can the RAIDERS be a surprise team this year??
    Did they not pay attention to our season last year?! 7-9 and just missed out on a winning season.. Do these people not understand that great young talent gets better??

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I was just watching NFL. Live and i thought they mentioned that.. Something likes he will play Sunday.. I could be mistaken though

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Phyllis wants to air it out. Secondary better be ready

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Melvin ruled out. See PFT

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    No more drops!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Oh i agree with that.. But they run Gordon as well..

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Nice, thanks dude..

  • idahoraiderfan33

    If no Gordon they have Fowler

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    4h4 hours ago
    Ian Rapoport ‏@RapSheet
    #Raiders relocation window to Las Vegas opens on Jan. 2. But if they make the playoffs, the window doesn’t actually open until they’re out

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Gordon is out for the game

  • idahoraiderfan33

    And those drop always seem to come on a HUGE 3rd!! Or a TD!!

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    udy Battista ‏@judybattista
    Rooney believes no vote on any relocations would come before March, too much work to do before then if any team applies

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Day after the Super Bowl I guess …

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    3m3 minutes ago
    daniel kaplan ‏@dkaplanSBJ
    ATL Falcons owner Arthur Blank said he disagreed with Jim Irsay that there is no reason for optimism in OAK and SD, calls process complex

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Yikes!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Yeah that’s what RRS just said..
    I wonder why ESPN said that?? Anyways that’s good.. And im not happy he’s hurt or anything like that, just good he ain’t playing

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    20m20 minutes ago
    Scott the Bull ‏@ScotttheBull1
    @LeviDamien Pittsburgh was “Broke” in 1998, put together an $809M Deal! Built TWO new Stadiums (Pirates & Steelers)
    http://old.post-gazette.com/regionstate/19

    Pittsburgh got it done. Elect that mayor in Oakland

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I read a tweet that they could push that back to March??