Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey practiced for the first time Tuesday since being hospitalized by a helmet-to-helmet hit as the Raiders worked on fixing their problems during the bye week.
Heyward-Bey took part in individual drills as the Raiders (1-3) held their first of two practices this week before getting four days off for the bye. He ran some routes and caught some passes in his first step back.
“We’re kind of at that stage, just trying to take the necessary steps,” he said. “We’ve got a plan for me, and today was step No. 1 and I feel pretty good.” Read More
For the Raiders, the bye is coming at just the right time.
With the Raiders reeling following a 37-6 loss to Denver on Sunday that was their most lopsided in this series in a half-century, first-year coach Dennis Allen is looking to use this week off to fix the problems that have hurt Oakland (1-3) during the first quarter of the season. Read More
Peyton Manning ruined Dennis Allen’s homecoming Sunday when the Denver Broncos handed the Raiders their worst loss in this heated AFC West rivalry in a half-century.
Manning picked apart a secondary filled with backups, then walked off the field with a clean jersey and a smile a mile wide as the Broncos bounced back from back-to-back close losses with a resounding 37-6 rout of their archrival. Read More
If the story lines for today’s Raiders-Broncos game have a different feel from those Peyton Manning has read about for all these years — well, he’s probably not alone.
When the Denver quarterback lines up against Oakland for his first up-close taste of one of the NFL’s most intense rivalries, it will be the guys in orange playing the role of the bad guys, with the Raiders coming in wearing silver and black, as always, but looking downright docile compared to years past. Read More
Brandon Myers may be getting most of the looks, but the Raiders tight end believes there’s strength in numbers that go beyond his passing stats.
Myers and second-year players David Ausberry and Richard Gordon have been a productive trio for quarterback Carson Palmer as the Raiders prepare to face the Broncos in Denver.
The lion’s share of the work has gone to Myers, who is tied for fifth among NFL tight ends in receptions (15) and is second to Tony Gonzalez (205) in yards. Read More
Defensive end Andre Carter was signed by the Raiders, who also added wide receiver Tori Gurley to their practice squad.
Carter was a first-round pick by the 49ers in 2001 and has 76 sacks in 163 career games. He was with the Patriots in 2011, registering four sacks at the New York Jets on Nov. 13 and had 10 for the season when he was placed on injured reserve with a leg injury on Dec. 20. He was forced to sit out the team’s playoff run. Read More
Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was released from Eden Medical Center on Monday with a concussion and a neck strain after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit in the end zone from Pittsburgh defensive back Ryan Mundy.
After Heyward-Bey was hit, he then fell to the ground, essentially taking a second blow to the head. He was on the ground for several minutes before being strapped to a stretcher, driven off on a cart and then being sent to the hospital. Read More
Raiders rookie coach Dennis Allen’s first win turned out to be one he might never forget.
Sebastian Janikowski made a 43-yard field goal on the final play of the game, lifting the Raiders to a 34-31 victory Sunday over the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Coliseum.
The Raiders improved to 1-2 and avoided digging a hole that few teams have climbed out of to reach the playoffs. Read More
The Pittsburgh Steelers will have a banged-up defense when they travel to Oakland to face the Raiders today, but it may not matter. Oakland, led by first-year coach Dennis Allen, is off to another ugly start. The Raiders were gashed for 263 rushing yards in a 35-13 loss to the rebuilding Miami Dolphins last week after dropping their season opener to the San Diego Chargers 22-14.
The Raiders were inexplicably bad against a below-average Dolphins’ team last week.
“I believe it’s a matter of time for us to get going,” Allen said. Read More
Carson Palmer brings an AFC North rivalry to the West Coast on Sunday when the Raiders play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It’s doubtful Palmer will have any better understanding of an opposing defense than he does this week, given the 12 regular-season games since 2004 he has played against the Steelers while a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. Read More