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Raiders notes: Carr looks to get bad taste of loss out of his mouth, Mario Edwards Jr.’s iffy status vs. Chargers, no timetable for Aldon Smith

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ALAMEDA — The Raiders haven’t had to shake off many losses this season, so it was a welcome site Wednesday when they finally got back to the practice field to prepare for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.

There were plenty of benefits to the long weekend after losing last week on Thursday night, but the lingering taste of a bitter defeat wasn’t one of them.

“I’d rather play Friday night,” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said. “You never like to have that taste in your mouth of a loss.”

Carr and the offense had an uncharacteristically poor night in their 21-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The third-year quarterback continually refuses to blame the conditions or his still injured right pinkie finger.

“It was just execution,” Carr said after evaluating the tape from his 17 of 41 for 117 yard performance. “There was literally inches. There’s a whole bunch of plays that I think about that we always hit and for whatever reason, sometimes it was good feet and the route was good, and we just missed by an inch. Sometimes that happens in practice and you never want it to happen in the game. To be honest with you, it was just execution.”

Did any camera wires have anything to do with those mere inches in which the Raiders were off? Carr said he has no idea.

“None of us know what happened,” he said. “Obviously something happened because you see I threw the ball and Coop’s running right under it and all of a sudden at the last second it goes the other way. We don’t know what happened but something happened. But it really at this point, it doesn’t matter for us. We wish we would’ve hit it, but at this point it doesn’t matter and we’re on to the Chargers.”

Cooper also said nothing on film showed him anything beyond what he saw on the field — that the ball moved at the last second.

“You can’t really tell because you can’t really see the ball the whole way through,” Cooper said of the film. “It definitely moved but you can’t really tell what actually happened to it.”

Running back Latavius Murray had a good view of the play from behind on the field and wasn’t buying the wire theory, even expressing genuine curiosity as to where that talk may have come from.

With that behind them, the Raiders just hope they can be back to their normal level of play. They also aren’t particularly shook by the loss, with Carr dismissing the idea that it served as a wakeup call.

“I think we’ve been pretty awake all year,” he said. “I think we just lost a football game.”

— It’s been almost a calendar year since the last time Mario Edwards Jr. played in a regular-season game, and his wait may go on a little longer.

Speculation that Edwards would return to face the Chargers may have been a bit ambitious, based on what he said Wednesday before suiting up for his first padded practice since August.

“If I can then I will, if not, then I’ll hopefully try to get back before the end of the year,” Edwards said.

Edwards sustained a neck injury on Dec. 20 of last season, a 30-20 Week 15 loss to the Green Bay Packers, and didn’t play the final two games of the season.

A hip injury on Aug. 12 in the preseason opener against Arizona landed Edwards on injured reserve. A week into a window where he can practice, Edwards must be activated by Dec. 26 or finish the season on injured reserve.

— NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met last week with banished Raiders outside linebacker Aldon Smith but didn’t offer a timetable for announcing a decision on his reinstatement.

“I think it was good for us to be able to meet with Aldon, to hear from him directly,” Goodell said Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings in Irving, Texas.

“We’re going through all of the information to make sure we have it all absolutely accurate, that we all understand exactly where he is in the process of trying to get himself in a position where he’s got his life in order enough to resume an NFL career. It was good for me to hear from him personally. But when we get to that decision, we’ll certainly announce it.”

— Wide receivers Amari Cooper (shoulder) and Michael Crabtree (finger) were limited at practice on Wednesday along with left guard Kelechi Osemele (knee) and linebackers Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and Perry Riley Jr. (hamstring). Carr also made his return to the injury report with his right pinkie injury, although he was a full practice participant.

Defensive tackle Darius Latham (ankle) returned to practice and was also limited. He missed the past two games. Defensive tackle Stacy McGee (ankle), safety Karl Joseph (toe) and linebacker Shilique Calhoun (knee) remained out.

— Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (neck strain) was a full practice participant and will play Sunday. Running back Melvin Gordon (hip/knee) didn’t practice and will miss the game against the Raiders.

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Jimmy Durkin

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

  • idahoraiderfan33

    For crying out loud

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Alot of info in that post.. Some good some bad..
    GO RAIDERS

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)
  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Yikes

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  • the authority dr robert

    Yo.

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  • Rikster/Da/Kool/Kat

    Biggest game of the decade Sunday

  • Rikster/Da/Kool/Kat

    Great article Durkin keep em coming eh!

  • Rikster/Da/Kool/Kat

    FB me honey

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    no Edwards, McGee, Calhoun or Joseph? no problem! We’re going to whip the Chargers 🙂

  • Die Haters

    Good morning nation!!

  • Rikster/Da/Kool/Kat

    Thoughts for Sunday Durkin?

  • Rikster/Da/Kool/Kat

    Ahoy

  • Rikster/Da/Kool/Kat

    I never say that lol

  • Rikster/Da/Kool/Kat

    The replacements are fighting for jobs too eh

  • idahoraiderfan33

    What are your thoughts for Sunday Rik??

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Have the RAIDERS picked up Floyd yet??

  • idahoraiderfan33

    So MEJ don’t look like a go against the Bolts?? Hmmm
    It’s best not to rush him, let him get fully ready before we throw him into the fire..
    At least we have Latham back at practice, and he could be a go..

  • Rikster/Da/Kool/Kat

    Don’t take Dischargers lightly

  • Raiders21

    McGee back?

  • Raiders21

    never

  • idahoraiderfan33

    For sure.. Respect all Rik, but fear nobody!!

  • Raiders21

    Floyd was a first round pick right? borderline bust or never really broke out because so many talented receivers for the Cards

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I don’t think so bro.. In fact i don’t even know whats wrong with him??

    Dude was playing pretty good before he got hurt..

  • Raiders21

    I think he has an ankle issue. JDR seems to make sure players are 100% before unleashing them

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Yup first round pick.. And yeah he didn’t rip the league up but you could see flashes of what made him a 1st round pick..

    It could of been a classic case of to many good WR like you said..

  • idahoraiderfan33

    McGee and Latham don’t get the hype like MEJ, Aldon Smith do, but those young players are good and impact players..

  • idahoraiderfan33

    OT
    Who’s better looking?? Kay Adams or the chick from First Take??

  • Raiders21

    Absolutely. They get more pressure up the middle than Williams and Ellis

  • MK1

    Kay Adams!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I go around and see what RAIDER fans are saying, and i never really see anybody talking about those two, it’s almost like we didn’t have them.. In fact we are the only ones that really talk about them..
    And these are two really good young players.. Weird

  • Raiders21

    Molly Qerim body and Kay Adams face

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Kay Adams is always hyping the RAIDERS which makes her even more sexy!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    That’s a tough one for me dude.. Both are sexy man..

  • Raiders21

    for sure

  • idahoraiderfan33

    The wins are what counts in a regular season.. Now if Carr wants to win MVP he needs to close out these last 3 games strong??
    Big numbers along with TDs!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Another player that went sort of unnoticed is Amari Cooper!! Here we have a second year player with his second 1K yard season.. I mean that’s really good for a second year player!! Coop will be a pro bowl player this player imo.. 2 years 2 pro bowls

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Nathan Jahnke ‏@PFF_NateJahnke
    Khalil Mack has 73 pressures this year which is the most for any defensive player. He just needs 9 more to match his 2015 total.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Now here we have the DPOY!! Mack Attack!!
    Best defensive player in the league.. Anybody want to argue that??

  • idahoraiderfan33

    The Media is starting to get on the Shady Brady hype train, so Carr NEEDS to close strong.. It’s Carr against Brady for that award

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Anymore new developments on the stadium front?? Aldon??
    Or just any news??

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Rip Craig Sager.. Wow

  • Raiders21

    called it, pats claiming Floyd

  • Raiders21

    Saw that a browns lineman just got a two game ban for DUI. Wonder if Floyd will get the same punishment.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    The Bolts are the only team with 3 sacks in a game against the RAIDERS
    The OL needs to man up and lockup Bosa!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    New post

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