Raiders Rumors & News

  • Mario Edwards worked out on grass Thursday

    Pro Football Talk "Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards hasn’t played in a game yet this season, but the team hasn’t given up hope that he’ll make it back from his hip injury in time to help the team. Edwards took another step toward that return on Thursday when he worked out on grass for the first time in the..." December 02

  • Raiders placing D.J. Hayden on injured reserve

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders will be without one of their top cornerbacks for the rest of the season. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio announced on Friday that the team will place D.J. Hayden on injured reserve. Hayden injured his hamstring in last Sunday’s victory over the Panthers and, via Scott Bair of CSN Bay..." December 02

  • Reggie McKenzie: Premier players will get paid, we’ve built this to last

    CSN Bay Area "Reggie McKenzie doesn’t talk to the media often, maybe a handful of times per year. That’s been the case since he became Raiders general manager in early 2012 and, throughout that time, those interactions come with a common line of questioning. Everyone wanted to know about his grand plan to..." December 02

  • Trump takes credit for NFL ratings slide, again

    Pro Football Talk "Thirty years after Donald Trump took on the NFL and lost, he has taken on the NFL and won. According to him. Via SportsBusiness Daily, the President-Elect declared during his first public rally since the election that the NFL’s ratings dropped because of the election. “[T]heir ratings were..." December 02

  • NFL expected to hire 17 full-time officials, league exec says

    Sporting News "Help appears to be on the way for NFL officiating. Amid a season of questionable calls, NFL executive Troy Vincent told The Associated Press on Thursday that the league is expected to hire as many as 17 full-time officials. The new batch of hires will increase game-day officiating crews from..." December 01

  • Report: Chargers and Raiders fully expected to relocate

    Sportsnaut "Fans of the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers should enjoy their teams while they can. According to Jim Trotter of ESPN, the odds are strong that both will move. None of this is terribly surprising. The Chargers' future in San Diego was dealt a serious blow when Measure C not only..." December 01

  • Raiders owner Mark Davis not listening to stadium talks in Oakland

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "As the deadline nears for a decision on the Raiders’ planned relocation to Las Vegas, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is working to beat the clock and keep the NFL franchise home. Oakland City Pro Football Group LLC, a team of investors fronted by former NFL star Ronnie Lott, is pledging $600..." December 01

  • Adam Schefter signs five-year extension with ESPN

    CBS Sports "ESPN Insider Adam Schefter missed on breaking possibly the biggest news of the night Wednesday. Then again, when you are the news, there might be a different protocol. Filed to SI.com by media critic Richard Deitsch Wednesday evening, the four-letter network out of Bristol, CT has extended the..." December 01

  • Report: NFL will ditch early-morning London games

    Pro Football Talk "When it comes to making the NFL’s product more attractive by making it more scarce, the NFL claims it won’t consider ditching or limiting Thursday Night Football. However, it reportedly will be ditching another fairly recent broadcasting practice. Via Joe Flint of the Wall Street Journal, the..." November 29

  • NFL in Mexico City, 2017 edition: Patriots and the Raiders?

    ESPN "Just one week after the NFL returned to Mexico City for the first time in over a decade, there are already reports suggesting a new contest for the 2017 season. The New England Patriots would face the Oakland Raiders at the Estadio Azteca at some point during the next year, according to ESPN's..." November 29

  • Raiders still expect Mario Edwards Jr. to return this season

    East Bay Times "His injury has lingered longer than anyone originally expected, but Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said that he still expects defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. to return this season. “Yeah, I do,” Del Rio said Monday at his weekly news conference, “but until he gets cleared, it’s just kind of wait..." November 29

  • Bruce Irvin “blessed” to play alongside Khalil Mack

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders have won their last five games and Khalil Mack’s work off the edge on defense has been a major reason why they’ve jumped to the top of the AFC this season. Mack has seven sacks in those wins and he did a lot more than that in Sunday’s 35-32 win over the Panthers. Mack returned an..." November 28

  • Carr calls finger injury 'some of the most pain I've felt in my life'

    Fox Sports "Derek Carr has had better statistical performances this season, but the Oakland Raiders quarterback arguably hasn’t shown as much heart as he did in Sunday’s comeback win over the Panthers. Carr suffered a gruesome finger injury while taking a snap, apparently suffering a dislocated pinkie..." November 28

  • Carr overcomes injury as Raiders edge Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr came up with yet another way to pull off a fourth-quarter comeback Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum. Carr, who played most of the second half after injuring his right pinky finger, marched the Raiders 82 yards in 12 plays for Sebastian..." November 27

  • Derek Carr leaves field with apparent hand injury

    NFL.com "Derek Carr has left the field with an apparent right hand injury early in the third quarter of the Raiders' game against the Panthers. Quarterback Matt McGloin replaced Carr in the third quarter." November 27

  • Raiders have “guarded optimism” about Aldon Smith reinstatement

    ESPN "Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith could learn his football future soon, as the NFL is due to respond to his application for reinstatement this week. Smith applied for a return to the league Oct. 3, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had 60 days to render a decision on reinstatement,..." November 27

  • Raiders rookie Shilique Calhoun out after knee procedure

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders defense will be without a depth piece for at least this Sunday’s game against the Panthers. Rookie linebacker Shilique Calhoun will not play this weekend after undergoing a knee procedure. Calhoun is not expected to miss the rest of the regular season. Calhoun, a third-round..." November 25

  • John Madden on Thursday football: “It just doesn’t work”

    East Bay Times "One of Thanksgiving’s greatest traditions was listening to John Madden talk football and, even though he retired from the broadcast booth in 2009, Madden can still bring it. Madden, 80, is “feeling great” after battling multiple health issues, starting with heart surgery exactly a year..." November 24

  • Competition Committee to explore sideline cameras

    NFL.com "Two controversial sideline calls in two weeks have provoked questions as to how the league should review close plays along the boundaries. On Monday night, DeAndre Hopkins was ruled out of bounds on an early catch-and-run touchdown when it looked like his right foot had touched the white..." November 23

  • 9 NFL coaches who could be fired this season

    Fox Sports "Four straight losses have Mike McCarthy moving closer to the top of our hot seat rankings The unofficial second half of the NFL season begins this week as Thanksgiving is upon us. With it comes a clearer postseason picture and a whole bunch of teams that have no shot at the playoffs. Not..." November 23

  • Shannon Sharpe: NFL officiating so bad some fans think games are fixed

    Sporting News "NFL officiating has become so bad some fans think games are fixed. That was the serious charge leveled by Shannon Sharpe on FS1's "Undisputed" Tuesday after poor officiating marred the Raiders' 27-20 win Monday night against the Texans in Mexico City. The Pro Football Hall of Famer and..." November 23

  • Raiders didn’t discuss Aldon Smith reinstatement with Goodell

    East Bay Times "Raiders coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that he had a pre-game chat with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell prior to their Monday night victory over Houston in Mexico City, but the subject of linebacker Aldon Smith’s reinstatement did not come up. “I did not speak with the commissioner about that,”..." November 23

  • Carr, Raiders rally past Texans in Mexico City

    The Sports Xchange "MEXICO CITY -- The Oakland Raiders, designated as the home team Monday night at Estadio Azteca, took awhile before giving their fans something to cheer. Derek Carr threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes as the Raiders rallied for a 27-20 win over the Houston Texans. After..." November 22

  • Derek Carr for MVP? Raiders QB builds case but shares credit

    USA Today "Derek Carr’s teammate Khalil Mack has no doubt. “MVP,” Mack said as the Oakland Raiders prepared to leave Mexico. “That dude? MVP.” The defensive end was serious enough about his quarterback’s credentials as one of the front-runners in the race to be named the NFL’s top player this season..." November 22

  • Mayor Libby Schaaf: Framework Deal Reached to Keep Raiders in Oakland

    NBC Bay Area "The Oakland mayor’s office confirmed Tuesday morning that a framework deal has been reached to keep the Raiders in Oakland. Mayor Libby Schaaf has reached a framework with a group led by ex-NFL player Ronnie Lott. According to Schaaf’s office she will be meeting with representatives from the..." November 22

  • Two Broncos defenders suggest Raiders cheated in win over Texans

    CBS Sports "Monday night was a traveshamockery of officiating in the Raiders' 27-20 win over the Texans that vaulted the men in black to the top of the AFC standings. There were multiple issues with decisions and calls made by referees and it caused many folks to wonder about the quality of..." November 22

  • Raiders fans chant homophobic slur in Mexico City

    Sporting News "Homophobic chants from Mexican sports fans have led to fines from FIFA during Mexican football federation matches. So when the NFL came to town Monday night for a matchup between the Texans and Raiders, the predominantly Raiders crowd at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City stuck with their foolish..." November 22

  • Raiders, Texans could face 'devastating' effects playing at Azteca Stadium

    USA Today "As the National Football League seeks to further broaden its international reach with Monday’s clash between the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans, the match-up is already guaranteed to be the high point of the season in one regard. Azteca Stadium sits at 7,280 feet above sea level, higher..." November 21

  • NFL discussing moving start times of London games

    ESPN "In a continued effort to try to improve ratings, one idea the NFL is discussing is moving the 9:30 a.m. ET games played in London to a 1 p.m. ET start time, according to league sources. The idea would be to close a viewing window the NFL had created that extended the day and possibly detracted..." November 20

  • Mario Edwards Without Return Date

    Pro Football Rumors "Mario Edwards‘ timetable continues to be delayed as he deals with what’s turned out to be another significant injury. The second-year Raiders defensive lineman has yet to resume practicing, according to Jimmy Durkin of the Bay Area News Group, who notes the prolonged absence will likely extend..." November 19

  • Amari Cooper is questionable for Monday Night Football

    Pro Football Talk "When the Raiders “host” the Texans in Mexico City on Monday night, one of their best players possibly won’t be available. Receiver Amari Cooper is questionable with a back injury. He practiced on a limited basis on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday." November 19

  • Marquette King tells Joe Thomas to ‘stay in your lane,’ quickly deletes tweet

    Sportsnaut "Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King is making a name for himself for being quite the entertainer along with featuring a booming leg. He comes up with a new dance to fit each opposing team every week. Many people love his routines. But apparently Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas..." November 18

  • Carr: Texans didn't talk to me once before draft

    Houston Chronicle "The NFL draft process and the prospects of joining his older brother as a Texans quarterback never gave Derek Carr any anticipation that would become a reality. When the Oakland Raiders Pro Bowl quarterback was available three years ago in the second round, the Texans passed on him at 33rd..." November 18

  • Goodell: Raiders, Chargers staying put is ideal

    SI "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the "ideal scenario" for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders would be for both franchises to stay where they are. Goodell made the comments at groundbreaking ceremony for the Los Angeles Rams' new stadium, which is set to open before the 2019..." November 18

  • NFL: No comment on potential reinstatement of Aldon Smith

    ESPN "The one-year mark of Aldon Smith's one-year suspension came and went Thursday with no word from the league on if the Oakland Raiders outside linebacker would be reinstated. Not even with Smith posting a video of himself working out and saying he would not “take no for an answer,” and that he..." November 18

  • NFL changing schedule process for greater flexibility with international games

    Sporting News "Within the next two weeks, the NFL should know how many international games will be played in 2017 and the participating teams. But when it comes to announcing when and where those games will be played, the public and teams will have to wait. NFL executive vice president/International Mark..." November 17

  • Bill O'Brien on Xavier Su'a-Filo vs. Derek Carr: 'We're happy with who we chose'

    Houston Chronicle "When the Texans were on the clock three years ago during the NFL draft, they opted for UCLA offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo instead of Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr. Since that day, Carr has emerged as a Pro Bowl selection as one of the top quarterbacks in the game. He's thrown for 17..." November 17

  • Suspended Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith: “I won’t be defeated”

    East Bay Times "While Aldon Smith awaits word of his fate from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the suspended Raiders linebacker is vowing that he won’t be beaten down by his one-year banishment from football. Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of Smith’s suspension for violating the league’s substance..." November 17

  • Bill O’Brien on passing up on Derek Carr: ‘We’re happy with who we chose’

    Yardbarker "Football coaches are notorious for what’s known as “coach speak,” and Houston Texans head man Bill O’Brien knows a thing or two about that. He may have a case of buyer’s remorse in regard to his choices in the 2014 NFL Draft — a draft that saw him pass up on the quarterback who very well may burn..." November 16

  • Expect Mexico fans to boo national anthem before 'Monday Night Football'

    USA Today "The national anthem was played for decades at National Football League games without much incident or discussion but 2016 has changed all that, starting with Colin Kaepernick’s preseason protest. If the anthem controversy has lost a little steam in recent weeks with Kaepernick's taking a knee..." November 15

  • NFL players headed to Capitol Hill to talk police relations and race issues, may meet with Paul Ryan

    ESPN "Five NFL players on Wednesday will travel to Capitol Hill to discuss police brutality and race issues with members of Congress, including a possible meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The meetings were conceived by Detroit Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who is known for his..." November 15

  • Progress being made to keep Raiders in Oakland

    ABC News "Sources tell ABC7 News that the Oakland City Council and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will soon consider an offer on a land deal for the Coliseum property by a group headed by NFL hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. Lott spoke exclusively with ABC7 News on his group's effort last month...." November 15

  • NFL does not want Raiders to leave Oakland

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oakland Raiders are intent on seeking a move to Las Vegas, but it is a move that could reportedly be met with some opposition in league circles. According to Steve Wyche of NFL Media, sources around the NFL believe that the league itself is opposed to the Raiders leaving Oakland, despite..." November 11

  • NFL may consider fewer commercials to improve ratings

    Awful Announcing "There’s a lot of infuriating things happening in the world and in the world of sports right now. But for me, what has to be near the top of the list, at least in the top five, is this… Commercial. Touchback. Commercial. You know those interminable points in an NFL game after a team goes on a..." November 10

  • Donald Trump victory reportedly creating racial divide among NFL locker rooms

    Larry Brown Sports "One of the most common lessons a parent teaches a child is to not discuss politics with friends you want to keep. The same can apparently be said of NFL players and their teammates. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report has spoken with more than two dozen current NFL players since Donald Trump won..." November 10

  • With ratings falling, the NFL may speed up game pace

    Today's Pigskin "Are NFL games just too slow? That’s one question being asked by executives as the rating continue to falter. NFL Media executive VP and NFL Network president and CEO Brian Rolapp was recently asked if the pace of games needed to increase to draw people back in, and he said: “Could [games] be..." November 10

  • NFL not rushing to rewrite marijuana policy amid new laws

    ESPN "The expansion of marijuana legalization across the United States during this week's elections will not spur any immediate changes in the NFL's joint drug policy with the NFL Players Association, spokesmen for both the league and the NFLPA said Wednesday. The NFLPA, however, will continue its..." November 10

  • How the NFL paved the way for Donald Trump's presidency

    Fox Sports "There was an election in America on Tuesday night and business mogul/reality star/Home Alone 2 starrer Donald Trump pulled off one of the great upsets in history to defeat Hillary Clinton and become the President-elect of the United States. And, if you're one of the 49% of people who didn't vote..." November 09

  • Pereira thinks NFL turning to full-time officials would be a mistake

    Pro Football Talk "Since Saints coach Sean Payton said last week on PFT Live that the NFL needs full-time officials, there has seemed to be a groundswell of support for the idea, even including the league’s head of officiating, Dean Blandino, saying the idea has merit. But a former head of officiating doesn’t..." November 09

  • HOF: Gold jackets, rings are to be worn only by Hall of Famers

    Pro Football Talk "The Pro Football Hall of Fame is standing by its policy not to give gold jackets and rings to the families of players inducted posthumously. Amid criticism from one of the daughters of Ken Stabler, the former quarterback who was inducted posthumously this year, many have called on the Hall to..." November 08