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Raiders recap: Reggie Nelson a captain, Edwards’ IR status, Del Rio’s Superdome gaffe

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Reggie Nelson is already a captain for the Raiders. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Reggie Nelson is already a captain for the Raiders. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Here’s a recap of what was written today that you can check out on our new updated web site:

Scan the Raiders roster and there’s a lot of good, young talent. But it’s thin on veterans.

That’s where 32-year-old safety Reggie Nelson comes into play. Nelson’s entering his 10th season, but his first with the Raiders after spending the past six years in Cincinnati. That didn’t stop him from being announced recently as one of the team’s four captains.

“To be voted amongst your peers, that’s a great thing,” Nelson said Wednesday as the Raiders held their first practice of the regular season in preparation of Sunday’s opener against the New Orleans Saints.

Read the rest of that story here:  Continue Reading

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Raiders place DE Mario Edwards Jr. on injured reserve

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Mario Edwards Jr. was placed on injured reserve and will miss at least half the Raiders' season. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Mario Edwards Jr. was placed on injured reserve and will miss at least half the Raiders’ season. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders placed second-year defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. on injured reserve Monday, costing him at least half of the 2016 season.

Edwards injured his hip early in the first exhibition game of the season, an ailment that didn’t require surgery and was expected to initially sideline him 4-6 weeks. Continue Reading

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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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Del Rio sticks to policy: no update on Edwards

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Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards left Friday's game with a hip injury. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards left Friday’s game with a hip injury. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Raiders coach Jack Del Rio has a policy and he’s sticking to it.

Del Rio is not required by the league to provide injury updates until the regular season begins and so he declined to offer anything on defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., who left the game in the first quarter. A team spokesman confirmed it’s a hip injury, but could not confirm a report from the Raiders’ radio broadcast that X-rays came back negative. Continue Reading

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Edwards Jr. carted off in first quarter vs. Cardinals

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Mario Edwards Jr. left Friday's exhibition game with an injury. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Mario Edwards Jr. left Friday’s exhibition game with an injury. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Mario Edwards Jr. was carted to the locker room with an apparent leg injury in the first quarter of the Raiders preseason debut Friday.

Edwards Jr., who was playing for the first time since suffering a season-ending neck injury in Week 15 last year, was hurt while making a tackle on a run play by Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson with 5:08 left in the first quarter. Continue Reading

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Del Rio address fights, says Edwards Jr. (hand) should be fine

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Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio expects Mario Edwards Jr.'s hand to be fine after getting hurt in a fight at practice. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio expects Mario Edwards Jr.’s hand to be fine after getting hurt in a fight at practice. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. was held out of team drills and dealt with soreness in his right hand a day after being ejected from practice along with left guard Kelechi Osemele for getting in a pair of fights. Edwards presumably injured the hand when he and Osemele both exchanged punches on Saturday.

Coach Jack Del Rio didn’t wait to be asked when he met the media on Sunday, jumping right in during his opening statement.

“I think before I even get asked I’ll just go ahead and speak to it so you don’t have to go there with yesterday,” Del Rio said. “A couple of guys got ejected from practice. I just didn’t think they were prepared to do the things we needed to do to help our team continue to work. They were both talked to and understand that’s not how we do things, not what we’re looking for. We basically handled that and put it to rest. Continue Reading

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Mario Edwards Jr. and Kelechi Osemele both return to practice

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Mario Edwards Jr. and Kelechi Osemele are both practicing Sunday after being booted from practice the day before. (Raiders.com photo)

Mario Edwards Jr. and Kelechi Osemele are both practicing Sunday after being booted from practice the day before. (Raiders.com photo)

Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and left guard Kelechi Osemele returned to practice Sunday morning following their ejection for fighting the day before.

The two exchanged punches twice in about a five-minute period Saturday that led coach Jack Del Rio to sending them both off. Edwards later had ice on his right hand.

When Edwards first took the field Sunday, he was not wearing shoulder pads. He chatted with defensive line coach Jetthro Franklin and later Del Rio before jogging back to the locker room to put on his pads and join the practice. He had just a little bit of tape on the right hand. Continue Reading

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Raiders boot Osemele and Edwards from practice for fighting

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Mario Edwards Jr. (pictured) and Kelechi Osemele were tossed out of practice for fightin.. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Mario Edwards Jr. (pictured) and Kelechi Osemele were tossed out of practice for fightin.. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The Raiders are teetering on the edge of overagression.
For the second time in three days, the Raiders saw a training camp practice marred by fighting. This time, it forced Raiders coach Jack Del Rio to kick two players out of practice.

Starting left guard Kelechi Osemele and right defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. threw punches twice in about a five-minute span that led Del Rio to declare he had seen enough. Both players left the field and a team spokesman confirmed they were kicked out of practice. Del Rio was not scheduled to speak to the media and was not available to comment. Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Defensive linemen

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Khalil Mack easily highlights the Raiders stout group of defensive linemen. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Khalil Mack easily highlights the Raiders stout group of defensive linemen. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

It’s time for the defensive linemen as we crank up toward the start of training camp Friday with part five of this 10-part series previewing every Raiders position group.

It’s time for the beef as we take a look at perhaps the Raiders’ best position group out there — the defensive linemen.

I will be going off which position players are listed at on the roster, just as I noted in my earlier post on linebackers. That’s why Khalil Mack is here and Bruce Irvin is listed there, despite them playing basically the same position. Continue Reading

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