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Nearly all NFL coaches and players have some sort of ritual they go through before games, whether it's wearing the same clothes, listening to the same music or eating the same meal.
Hue Jackson treats himself to a pedicure and manicure.
The Oakland Raiders coach has been following the same routine for several years now, but it only became public Friday when photos of Jackson's pre-game ritual appeared in the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine.
First his players found out about it and jokingly ribbed their coach. Then it was reporters who had their turn, presenting a laughing Jackson with a copy of the magazine during his daily meeting with the media.
If the Raiders, coming off back-to-back blowout losses, are feeling any pressure, they're sure not showing it and neither is Jackson.
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Oakland Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list Saturday in the wake of a shooting that left his sister dead and his mother wounded.
The announcement from the team came after Johnson left the Raiders on Dec. 7 to be with his family in Fort Worth, Texas.
Johnson, who had an injury-plagued season in which he only started four games, returned...
The Oakland Raiders have placed veteran cornerback Chris Johnson on the reserve/non-football illness list, the team announced Saturday.
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The players felt it, too.
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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated) By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer From almost the moment he took over in Oakland, coach Hue Jackson vowed to fix the Raiders' perpetually leaky run defense and curb their propensity for penalties.
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