Ranking wild card hopeful teams on the basis of their quarterbacks, Raiders at top of the list with Derek Carr

carr6The Raiders are on the outside looking in at the AFC wild card race at the midway point of the season, but probably rate as at least a co-favorite to reach the post season based on the play of quarterback Derek Carr.

At the NFL’s most important position, Carr has 19 touchdown passes, four interceptions and a burgeoning reputation as one of the top young quarterbacks in the NFL — easily the top young signal-caller competing in the AFC with only Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger having an edge based on two Super Bowl rings and years of quality service. Continue Reading


Raiders expect Nate Allen back Sunday; waive Tevin McDonald

Nate Allen injured his knee in the opener, but appears set to be activated for Sunday's game.

Nate Allen injured his knee in the opener, but appears set to be activated for Sunday’s game.

The Raiders continue to expect the return of safety Nate Allen from his torn medial collateral ligament on Sunday, the first game for which he’s eligible to come off the short-term injured reserve.

“Having Nate Allen back really strengthens our secondary,” defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said. “Makes us better in every way and we welcome him with open arms.” Continue Reading


Murray and Cooper both practice; Hudson remains out

carrmurrayLatavius Murray returned to practice for the Raiders on Thursday afternoon, a strong sign he could be available for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Murray said earlier in the day that he was symptom-free from his concussion, although he didn’t know at the time if he’d be able to practice or would play Sunday. But his participation — and the team’s injury report it will release later will give a better indication of the level at which he participated — is a sign of progress. Continue Reading


Latavius Murray says he’s symptom-free, status remains uncertain though

murray2Raiders running back Latavius Murray says he’s symptom-free from his concussion, but his status for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings isn’t quite as clear.

“I can’t make the call on what their plans are, but I know I feel good,” Murray said Thursday. “I’ve been progressing great through the week. It’s just a matter of that’s a decision not up to me.” Continue Reading


Amari Cooper sits out practice with quadriceps injury

cooper3Raiders’ standout rookie receiver Amari Cooper missed Wednesday’s practice with a quadriceps injury that’s likely tied to a hit he took Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cooper was drilled in the right quad by the Steelers’ Mike Mitchell after making a third-quarter reception in Sunday’s 38-35 loss in Pittsburgh. Cooper hobbled off the field following that play and was briefly looked at on the sidelines before returning after just three plays. Continue Reading