Found August 12, 2012 on
Thoughts from the Dark Side:
The Raiders are limping into their first preseason game - literally for some players. After being fairly low-injury for the first week of camp, the second week brought a multitude of lower limb injuries on players of most every position.
The Raiders are especially thin at linebacker where UDFA Mario Kurn suffered a knee injury that will put him on the I.R. list and he will not be able to recover for this season.
With Kurn's likely IR listing, the team is left with only 9 linebackers on the current squad. Of the 9 players still on the active squad, four - Kaelin Burnett, Miles Burris, Chad Kilgore and Nathan Stupar - are rookies.
Also on the squad is Carl Ihenacho who is a second year player after being on the Raiders practice squad last year. He has not played in a regular season game. Therefore, more than half of the teams current linebacker corps has not played in a regular season NFL game.
Further included in the squad is linebacker Aaron Curry who was expected to c...
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The 2012 NFL Pre-Season is officially underway for the Oakland Raiders. And what better way to start football again with a Monday Night contest? Several players were not able to suit up for the game due to injuries: WRs Duke Calhoun (knee), Eddie McGee (hamstring) and Denarius Moore (hamstring); RBs Taiwan Jones (hamstring) and Mike [...]
Terrelle Pryor was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2011 supplemental draft. It was the late Al Davis’ last draft pick for a franchise that he ran for half a century. His last pick was the perfect story book ending to his great career. Selecting Pryor with a 3rd round pick not only fit Davis’ mold of targeting the biggest and fastest players, but by selecting...
This is not what you want to hear. Aaron Curry, who is currently on the active/PUP list, will get a 2nd opinion on his ailing knees as they are not responding to stem cell treatment, according to the Contra Costa Times. They also go to say that he won’t make the roster “unless his knee responds to treatment soon.” Owed a non-guaranteed 3.5 million this season, the Raiders seem...
Oakland Raiders linebacker Aaron Curry has not yet returned from Los Angeles, where he was getting a second opinion on his injured knees. Curry told CSN Bay Area on Aug. 5 that he received stem cell treatments after injuring his knees during offseason workouts. His knees were not improving so he left camp at the end of the week to have them re-examined. He has been on the physically...
Terrelle Pryor has been waiting a long time to actually get to play in a football game.
After an aborted rookie season with the Oakland Raiders that included no preseason games and a penalty before his only snap in the regular season, Pryor is more than ready for this season's exhibition opener. Pryor will get that chance on Monday night when the Raiders (tied for No. 23 in...
I’ve written a lot about the immense potential of Oakland Raiders’ tight end David Ausberry and so far my predictions in training camp has not shown Ausberry taking the next step in 2012 because of shaky run blocking on top of the fact his main asset in pass catching has been inconsistent with too many dropped balls during camp. [...]
The offseason moves that brought Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer to the Oakland Raiders on the surface seemed to be a perfect a union.
A team looking to go in a new direction at cornerback brought in two veterans sorely in need of fresh starts.
Bartell and Spencer have brought sage leadership skills to a young secondary in Oakland that is adapting to a brand new defensive system...
Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour came out on the first day of Raiders camp and made a bold statement. He said he thought the Raiders could be a top five defense. Well, he isn't backing down from that opinion-he's reiterating it. "Well, you always have goals, you always set high standards. You try to control where you fall but that's always a goal of ours...
As the Oakland Raiders finished their last full practice before their Monday Night Football preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys, a familiar face was in Napa. Former head coach Jon Gruden, who now announces for ESPN's Monday Night Football, was on hand to see the team practice before he calls the game. The Raiders went without pads as they prepare to see their first...
It looks like the Raiders see no reason to take any chances with defensive tackle Richard Seymour this early in the preseason. Seymour is one of 11 players who will not dress for tonight's opener against Dallas. He took part in the Raiders' practice Saturday and light session Sunday, but missed four days before that with a knee injury. Running backs Taiwan Jones (hamstring...
When the Raiders play their preseason opener Monday against the Dallas Cowboys, new head coach Dennis Allen said he expects Terrelle Pryor, eager for another opportunity and still oozing confidence, to get plenty of snaps. "I can't wait," Pryor said. "It's been a long time for me to play football. It's what I was born to do. God blessed me, he gave me great...
Inconsistency was the word of the game for the Raiders who were shut out at home in their 2012 preseason opener versus the Dallas Cowboys.
The starting offense only played a few series and moved the ball well but some miscues between QB Carson Palmer and WR Jacoby Ford kept them from capitalizing on Darren McFadden's hard running.
In the first drive, the Raiders moved down...
Darren McFadden needed one series to show he's in midseason form for Oakland following a foot injury that cut his last season short.
Most of the rest of the first-team offensive players for the Raiders and Dallas Cowboys need plenty of work to get back to that level.
McFadden picked up where he left off last season by gaining 38 yards on Oakland's first three plays of the...
OAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 13: Kyle Orton #18 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter of an NFL pre-season football game at O.co Coliseum on August 13, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
The Dallas Cowboys’ offensive starters played until the beginning of the second quarter on Monday night. The team gained...
Not quite ready for primetime
Cowboys, 3 – Raiders, 0
I confess to having watched every second of the trainwreck last night that was Cowboys vs. Raiders. The ugliest NFL team in the ugliest NFL town playing in the ugliest NFL stadium in front of the ugliest NFL fans against the team with one of the ugliest post-season track records over the past decade and a half can...