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Pregame notes: Three Raiders who won’t suit up vs. Packers

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Mario Edwards Jr. suffered his serious neck injury last time the Raiders and Packers met. He'll sit this one out with a hip ailment. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Mario Edwards Jr. (97) suffered his serious neck injury last time the Raiders and Packers met. He’ll sit this one out with a hip ailment while Ben Heeney (51) will suit up. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., tight end Gabe Holmes and running back Jalen Richard will not suit up for the Raiders in Thursday night’s exhibition game against the Green Bay Packers.

None of those players were expected to play with Edwards out 4-6 weeks with a hip strain, Holmes likely on injured reserve with a severe ankle injury and Richard having not practiced in a over a week. Continue Reading

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Raiders vs. Packers: Keys to the game

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Amari Cooper and the Oakland Raiders face the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.  (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Amari Cooper and the Oakland Raiders face the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

RAIDERS (1-0) VS. PACKERS (1-0)

5 p.m., Thursday, Lambeau Field

TV: KTVU (Beth Mowins, Matt Millen, Nicole Zaloumis, John Tournour)

Radio: 95.7 (Greg Papa, Tom Flores, Lincoln Kennedy)

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Packers by 3
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Watch: Getting to know Raiders rookie LB Shilique Calhoun

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By Courtney Cronin, ccronin@bayareanewsgroup.com

One of the best pure pass rushers from the 2016 NFL Draft class is now a protege of two of the best to do it in the league.

Former Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun is used to blowing up opposing backfields with his explosive speed off the edge. When the Raiders third round draft pick arrived at training camp, more was asked of Calhoun and his athletic abilities as he began cross training as a strong-side linebacker. Continue Reading

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Raiders QB Derek Carr gets last word as camp breaks

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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) has taken control of the Raiders.(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) has taken control of the Raiders.(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

NAPA — Derek Carr had the last word Tuesday, which is as it should be.

The Raiders quarterback took the podium to address the media after the 13th and final training camp practice as teammates were making their way to their rooms, their cars, and hightailing it out of the Napa Valley Marriott until next year.

Carr is the team’s most conspicuous presence, constantly working the room (or field) with a seemingly endless stream of information, encouragement and the most gentle and good-natured form of criticism when warranted.

As the quarterback in a league driven by quarterbacks, Carr went into training camp as the most important player on the Raiders. At this point, as the Raiders adjourn to the team facility in Alameda, Carr’s influence has grown, if that’s possible. Continue Reading

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DeAndre Washington thrives on creating mismatches

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DeAndre Washington said his job with the Raiders is to make guys miss.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

DeAndre Washington said his job with the Raiders is to make guys miss. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

NAPA — DeAndre Washington assessed the situation and knew it was going to be “an easy win.”

The rookie running back was set to run an angle route out of the backfield in his NFL exhibition debut last week and saw the Arizona Cardinals had defensive end/outside linebacker Tristan Okpalaugo lined up on him.

“I was licking my chops,” Washington said.

The route had Washington start out running toward Okpalaugo, then quickly cut at an angle back toward the middle of the field. The defender never had a chance and stumbled for the next seven yards after Washington blew past him and made the catch and run for 32 yards. Continue Reading

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Cory James ‘flies around’ and is making a good impression

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Raiders linebacker Cory James, a sixth-round pick from Colorado State, was solid in his NFL debut. (The Denver Post/ Andy Cross)

Raiders linebacker Cory James, a sixth-round pick from Colorado State, was solid in his NFL debut. (The Denver Post/ Andy Cross)

Sixth-round pick Cory James stepped in with the Raiders starters on Monday when Ben Heeney went out. He’s coming off an impressive showing in his NFL debut on Friday that included five tackles.

“He’s picking up our scheme very well,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “He’s a guy that’s going to be productive. He flies around. He gets around the football. We’ve been happy with him this entire spring and he had a good showing in his first outing.”

James came in expecting to make most of his noise on special teams, but is showing enough early on that he could earn some defensive snaps — especially if Heeney misses even a little time. Continue Reading

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Del Rio says no surgery for Edwards, but Gabe Holmes likely headed to IR

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Mario Edwards will miss a few weeks with a hip injury that won't require surgery. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Mario Edwards will miss a few weeks with a hip injury that won’t require surgery. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio divulged some injury information on Monday, announcing that defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (hip) will be “out for a while” and tight end Gabe Holmes (ankle) is likely headed for season-ending injured reserve.

“Mario is going to be a out a few weeks, that’s unfortunate,” Del Rio said. “He will return and is not going to require surgery.”

ProFootballTalk reported Sunday that Edwards has a hip strain and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Continue Reading

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Raiders depth chart for exhibition game against Packers

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DeAndre Washington remains listed as the Raiders' No. 2 running back on the depth chart. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

DeAndre Washington remains listed as the Raiders’ No. 2 running back on the depth chart. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

The Raiders released their depth chart for their second exhibition game against the Green Bay Packers and it features no changes from their first one, even with a couple players suffering injuries that will keep them out. Continue Reading

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Report: Mario Edwards Jr. injury not long-term, but Gabe Holmes could end up on IR

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Oakland Raiders tight end Gabe Holmes suffered a "significant" ankle injury Friday. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Oakland Raiders tight end Gabe Holmes suffered a “significant” ankle injury Friday. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

The Raiders may have dodged a bullet regarding the hip injury of defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., with ESPN reporting Saturday that it’s not believed to be a long-term issue.

Edwards will likely still miss some time considering how much he struggled to hobble out of the Raiders locker room after Friday night’s game. And it’s worth pointing out the organization didn’t think linebacker Neiron Ball’s injury was a long-term deal last year and he ended up having a second surgery and missing the whole season and offseason program.

But the news isn’t as good on tight end Gabe Holmes, who reportedly has a “significant” ankle injury that could end up landing him on season-ending injured reserve. In a way, that could be good news in terms of the Raiders keeping Continue Reading

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