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.