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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.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Too much work?? This saga has been going on fr 20 years!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Arthur Blank has yet ANOTHER new stadium being built, why should he care!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    They got 2 stadiums, and the RAIDERS can’t even get one.. Damn shame

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Wow, Cards release Floyd

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Lol

  • idahoraiderfan33

    That’s what happens when you cruise and booze!!

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Levi Damien
    24m24 minutes ago
    Levi Damien ‏@LeviDamien
    Derek Carr says he has spoken with Johnny Manziel but wants to keep that conversation between the two of them. #Raiders

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    32m32 minutes ago
    Levi Damien ‏@LeviDamien
    Karl Joseph will not practice today for #Raiders with injured toe.

  • Raiders21

    watch the patriots pick him up

  • idahoraiderfan33

    That wouldn’t surprise me at all
    That would be a classic Billycheat move

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Crap!! Turf Toe??

  • Raiders21

    although not sure Floyd would catch on to all the nuances of NE offense

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Worrying about that 3rd and 1 call is a waste of time.
    It’s done.
    Over.
    Move on to the next game.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Don’t see in the article whether Osemele fixed the problem or whether he gained some temporary relief.

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Annie Heilbrunn ‏@annieheilbrunn
    #Chargers blasting “road noise” through the speakers during practice. Preparing for their next home game vs. the #Raiders.

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    43m43 minutes ago
    Ron Kroichick ‏@ronkroichick
    Carr, rolling eyes, on Joey Bosa, dynamic SD pass rusher: “We don’t have enough of those in our division. He plays with great effort.”

  • Die Haters

    For weeks now

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Apparently Ose says all is good, and will be ready for the Bolts

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Man, I was on to the next game right after that KC game..

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Good hopefully they don’t get him they don’t need anymore weapons

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    As I said on our other blog, what makes them think it’s a home game?

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Allen did alright let the HitMan rest that foot if need be

  • idahoraiderfan33

    LOL!! That’s our stadium

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    KC is picked to beat Tennessee for sure, but Tennessee is really good on the run and stopping it.

    I wouldn’t bet on Tennessee winning, but that team’s been doing well lately.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Unfortunately Bosa is going to be a great one!!
    Mack ,Miller, Houston and Bosa.. Enter with fear

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Mack’s better.
    Judging Mack by number of sacks is ridiculous.
    The guy brings great pressure every play.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    You can run and pass on KC
    The Titans can do both pretty good, and they are healthy..
    It’s a hard bet to make on that game.. Stay away

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I got the Titans pulling the upset.. But I’m RAIDER fan

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Lol
    Yeah, like I said, I wouldn’t bet on that.
    Sure as hell pulling for it though.

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Ron Kroichick
    Ron Kroichick – Verified account ‏@ronkroichick

    By the way, Crabtree is practicing with injured finger taped #Raiders
    2:09 PM – 14 Dec 2016
    7 RETWEETS9 LIKES

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    WELP

    47m47 minutes ago
    Jason Cole ‏@JasonColeBR
    Goodell said there are no acceptable stadium solutions on the table in either Oakland or San Diego.

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    HMMMMM

    Ian Rapoport – Verified account ‏@RapSheet

    Roger Goodell says it was “good to hear from Aldon Smith” in their recent meeting. Believes it was beneficial. Does not offer a time table
    1:33 PM – 14 Dec 2016

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    21m21 minutes ago
    Ron Kroichick ‏@ronkroichick
    DE Mario Edwards, trying to come back from hip injury, is among #Raiders players stretching before start of practice

  • idahoraiderfan33

    WTF does that mean, lol

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Well that sucks..

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    15m15 minutes ago
    Scott Bair ‏@BairCSN
    As JDR said earlier, Karl Joseph remains out with a toe injury. Darius Latham is back…

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Bad news, real bad news

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Scott Bair ‏@BairCSN
    Mario Edwards Jr. is practicing today. #Raiders working in pads today

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    3h3 hours ago
    Kevin Acee ‏@sdutKevinAcee
    “At this point, there is no reason for optimism in either market.” — Colts owner Jim Irsay, referring to SD & Oakland. Similar to last year.

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    2h2 hours ago
    Judy Battista ‏@judybattista
    Falcons’ Arthur Blank said sentiment is still to keep Raiders/Chargers in respective cities but at some point they may run out of options.

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Reggie may be licking his chops

    48m48 minutes ago
    Levi Damien ‏@LeviDamien
    Michael Floyd and #Raiders Michael Crabtree have had remarkably similar careers (aside from the DUI thing) http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2016/12/14/13959090/cardinals-release-michael-floyd-michael-crabtree-remarkably-similar-career-trajectories?utm_campaign=levidamien&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Nice, MEJ is a good player, with the talent to be a great one!!
    Go get some

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Latham is back, yeah!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Hmmmmm
    I’m not against it

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Joel Corry @corryjoel
    Claiming Michael Floyd through waivers will cost a team $1,291,765 (3 weeks of $7.32M base salary).
    1:34 PM – 14 Dec 2016

  • idahoraiderfan33

    We need a new stadium Arthur just like the one they building for you

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I bet this dude is just ready rip heads off

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    I think floyd will have a great career with us

  • idahoraiderfan33

    You think Reggie picks him up??

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    I think so. Especislly with crabs injury