Raiders Rumors & News

  • Sean Lee's scouting report on Marshawn Lynch: 'When you tackle him you can't have one guy'

    Sports Day "Sean Lee remembers the first time he tried to tackle Marshawn Lynch. It took all the Cowboys linebacker had to bring him down. That was five years ago. Lee expects nothing different when the Cowboys face the Oakland Raiders and their punishing running back Sunday night. "He's one of the best..." December 16

  • Raiders’ Jack Del Rio expects Amari Cooper to return this year

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Wide receiver Amari Cooper will miss Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys because of an ankle injury, the Raiders said. Cooper missed practice all week, but coach Jack Del Rio said the wide receiver has seen progress and figures he will return soon. “I think he’s better than he was, but..." December 16

  • Raiders' Cooper ruled out vs. Cowboys

    Sports Day "The Cowboys secondary will get a bit of a respite Sunday with reports that Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper is a no-go with an ankle injury. The team confirmed Friday that Cooper is listed as out for Sunday's game, per a news release. Cooper was slowed by the ankle to start last Sunday's..." December 15

  • Amari Cooper not expected to play in Week 15

    Larry Brown Sports "A disappointing season for Amari Cooper is likely to continue this weekend, as the Oakland Raiders wide receiver is expected to miss Week 15 with an ankle injury. Cooper suffered an ankle injury in Week 12 and missed the following game because of it, but he was able to start last Sunday’s game..." December 14

  • Warren Sapp lying with explanation for giving co-workers sex toy gifts?

    Larry Brown Sports "Warren Sapp was named in a sexual harassment lawsuit that was filed recently against NFL Network, and the Hall of Famer has denied all of the allegations against him. However, one report claims Sapp is not being totally truthful. Jamie Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist for NFL Network, claims..." December 14

  • Warren Sapp admits to buying sex toys for former NFL Network co-worker

    CBS Sports "Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp took to the radio waves on Wednesday to respond to several allegations that were made against him in a sexual harassment lawsuit that was recently filed by a former employee of the NFL Network. In the lawsuit, which led to the immediate suspension of..." December 13

  • Roger Goodell plans to step aside as commissioner at end of new deal

    Larry Brown Sports "Roger Goodell’s new five-year contract is expected to be his last. NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart confirmed to reporters Wednesday that Goodell has decided to step aside as commissioner when his new deal expires in 2024, and that he intends to devote part of his time in the years to come to..." December 13

  • Report | NFL teams informed of likely 2018 salary cap

    Fanrag Sports "At the NFL owners’ meetings in Texas this week, the teams received a clearer picture of what the 2018 NFL salary cap will look like. The cap’s grown by more than $10 million in each of the past five years, and that trend could well continue come 2018. But the increase might not be quite as much..." December 13

  • NFL issues memo warning teams of 'significant' punishment for abuse of officials

    ESPN "The NFL warned its teams Monday that it will begin levying "significant discipline" to anyone engaging in offensive conduct or contact against game officials, responding to a series of incidents that had grown increasingly worrisome to the NFL Referees Association. The message was delivered..." December 12

  • Raiders’ Jack Del Rio: “We’ve got to man up.”

    San Jose Mercury News "Jack Del Rio wasn’t in the mood to dress up a pig. The Raiders coach saw the same thing everyone else saw in a 26-15 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and wanted fans to know he’s more angry about it than they are. At the start of his weekly news conference Monday, Del Rio said: “Here’s what I..." December 12

  • Raiders have a chance at the playoffs, but let's face it, they don't deserve it

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The New York Times has thoughtfully offered mathematical playoff hope to the Oakland Raiders, and to every NFL team whose nickname does end in “— x.” As in “x – eliminated from playoffs.” Now there isn’t a lot other than mathematical hope for the Raiders. They have been among the season’s..." December 11

  • NFL’s concussion problem is hurting helmet manufacturers

    New York Post "The NFL concussion crisis has hit the league’s helmet makers where it hurts: in the wallet. Riddell, a leading manufacturer of football helmets for the past 85 years, has been struggling without success to sell itself in recent months despite its market dominance, sources told The Post. Ditto..." December 11

  • Report | NFL and Verizon to extend media rights deal

    Fanrag Sports "The NFL and Verizon have extended their media rights/sponsorship deal for another five years, according to John Ourand and Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Daily. A formal announcement is expected later in the day on Monday. The deal between the two sides will consist of the NFL streaming..." December 11

  • “Good chance” Amari Cooper plays on Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "For much of the week it looked like the Raiders would be playing without wide receiver Amari Cooper against the Chiefs on Sunday, but the outlook brightened on Friday. Cooper practiced for the first time since injuring his ankle and suffering a concussion on a hit by Broncos safety Darian..." December 10

  • Derek Carr takes full blame for weak Raiders performance

    Yardbarker "The Oakland Raiders did not show up in their big divisional showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, and quarterback Derek Carr accepted all the blame for it. Carr went 24-for-41 for 211 yards, throwing for a touchdown and throwing a pair of interceptions. It was not a good performance,..." December 10

  • Raiders TE Lee Smith has harsh comments about his team after loss

    Larry Brown Sports "Oakland Raiders tight end Lee Smith put the team’s bad loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday into an interesting perspective. The Raiders lost the key divisional game 26-15 to KC. Although the score doesn’t look so bad, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Oakland was down 26-0 through three..." December 10

  • Amari Cooper exits against Chiefs

    Fanrag Sports "Amari Cooper missed the first game of his career last week while recovering from both a concussion and sprained left ankle. He returned to the field for his team’s game against the rival Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, but left the action in the second quarter after further aggravating his ankle..." December 10

  • Raiders' Cooper will play vs. Chiefs

    247 Sports "The Oakland Raiders had been holding out hope all week that wide receiver Amari Cooper would be able to play in the crucial Week 14 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. On Friday morning, though, it looked unlikely that he would, and it seemed that his ankle injury which occurred in Week 12..." December 10

  • Norton firing sent strong message to Raiders defensive players

    Pro Football Talk "Several members of the Oakland Raiders defense weren’t happy with the decision to fire defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. But they also realized that, if it happens to him, it could happen to them. “Guys saw the Norton situation, and that kind of got guys fired up, I would say, and more..." December 09

  • Amari Cooper listed as questionable after getting back on the field Friday

    Pro Football Talk "A report on Friday indicated that Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper will not play in Sunday’s game against the Chiefs because of the ankle injury he suffered in Week 12, but the Raiders aren’t ruling him out at this point. Cooper was on the field during Friday’s practice and he’s listed as..." December 08

  • Derek Carr: Crabtree is 'juiced and ready to play'

    NFL.com "The Oakland Raiders know they will get at least one playmaking receiver back on the field when they face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in a pivotal AFC West battle. Amari Cooper remains a question mark while battling an ankle injury (he's cleared concussion protocol), but Michael Crabtree..." December 07

  • Bob Sutton downplays absence of Marcus Peters vs. Raiders

    Pro Football Talk "The Chiefs suspended cornerback Marcus Peters as a result of his bizarre behavior late in Sunday’s loss to the Jets, when he threw a flag in to the stands, presumed he’d been ejected, left the playing area, and then returned in full uniform — but without socks. With the 6-6 Raiders coming to town,..." December 07

  • Report: Amari Cooper may practice on Thursday

    247 Sports "The news broke that the Kansas City Chiefs have suspended star cornerback Marcus Peters for throwing an officials crowd into the stands and walking off the field in Week 13. That alone was big news for the likes of Oakland Raiders wideout Michael Crabtree and the rest of the pass-catchers. But, it..." December 07

  • Raiders tight end Clive Walford emerges from season-long ‘waiting game’

    San Francisco Chronicle "Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio sat down for his weekly news conference Monday and placed a small sheet of white paper on the table in front of him. Among the things written on that paper, Del Rio later said, was the name of backup tight end Clive Walford. “He’s the first guy I wrote down on..." December 06

  • Jack Del Rio on Raiders’ playoff hopes: ‘we have an opportunity’

    Clutch Points "It has been a tumultuous 2017 NFL season for the Oakland Raiders yet, somehow, they find themselves in position to win the AFC West division. The Raiders took another step towards that goal on Sunday with a 24-17 win over the lowly New York Giants. During the first half of the year, it looked..." December 05

  • Jack Del Rio: Raiders’ pass rush ‘cutting it loose’ lately

    San Francisco Chronicle "Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack created a turnover just before halftime Sunday by coming around the right side of the Giants’ offensive line, sacking Geno Smith and wresting the ball out of the quarterback’s grasp before they hit the ground. After the Raiders’ 24-17 win, head coach Jack Del..." December 05

  • Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin says turnovers are ‘starting to come’

    San Francisco Chronicle "Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack had a critical sack of Geno Smith on Sunday, a play that also caused a fumble and likely kept the Giants from scoring just before halftime in Oakland’s 24-17 win at the Coliseum. But the more satisfying sack and forced fumble in the Raiders’ 24-17 win may have..." December 04

  • Raiders Activate WR Michael Crabtree From Suspended List, Cut DT Darius Latham

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Oakland Raiders announced Monday that they’ve activated WR Michael Crabtree off the reserve/suspended list and waived DT Darius Latham. Crabtree served his one-game suspension for the incident with Broncos CB Aqib Talib. Crabtree, 30, is a former first-round pick of the 49ers back in..." December 04

  • Raiders relying on surging Lynch

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch’s third carry of the game went 51 yards for a touchdown. Kelechi Osemele pulled to clear a path on the right side, Lynch busted through into open space and galloped into the end zone without much resistance. Consider the play vital in Sunday’s 24-17 victory..." December 04

  • Microsoft Surface tablets will be back on the NFL sidelines for at least one more season

    Awful Announcing "The NFL and Microsoft have agreed to a one-year extension of the tech giant’s technology sponsorship. It means that you’ll continue to see Microsoft Surface tablets on the NFL pregame shows and the sidelines through the 2018 season, and they’ll also continue be used on video replay reviews. In..." December 04

  • Report: Amari Cooper 'hopeful' he can play vs. Chiefs

    247 Sports "The Oakland Raiders have their most important game of the 2017 season on Sunday when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs in a spot that could define their entire season. While the Raiders have a chance to propel above the Chiefs if the AFC West standings, they're obviously hoping to be as close to..." December 04

  • Marshawn Lynch tells reporters he can't talk because of a 'ding-ding sauce' test

    CBS Sports "Marshawn Lynch powered the Raiders past the Giants on Sunday by eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the first time since October 2015. After the win, Lynch's day got even better when the NFL handed him a somewhat valid excuse for skipping his postgame interviews with reporters. Even though Lynch..." December 04

  • After giving Raiders' defense a lift, will Bowman be back in 2018? 'I don't...'

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Broncos were a yard from the goal line, but NaVorro Bowman could tell quarterback Paxton Lynch was trying to throw it in. Eyes were evidence in this regard. Lynch locked on tight end Virgil Green near the baseline, so Bowman stopped tracking the quarterback and drifted toward the intended..." December 03

  • Raiders rule out Amari Cooper

    Pro Football Talk "All signs this week pointed to the Raiders being without wide receiver Amari Cooper for Sunday’s game against the Giants and the team confirmed that will be the case on Friday. Cooper has been ruled out for the game as a result of the concussion and ankle injury he sustained in last Sunday’s..." December 01

  • Gabe Jackson fined $30,387 for contact with an official

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL fined Raiders offensive lineman Gabe Jackson $30,387 for physical contact with an official. Jackson, though, should feel fortunate the league only fined him. The league suspended Jackson’s teammate, Marshawn Lynch, earlier this season for contact with an official. Unlike Lynch, though,..." December 01

  • Jack Del Rio doesn’t like the NFL’s decision to suspend Michael Crabtree

    Pro Football Talk "After Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree was suspended for two games, coach Jack Del Rio wasn’t happy. Now that suspension has been reduced to one game, and Del Rio still isn’t happy. Del Rio said today that he does not agree with the decision to suspend Crabtree at all for fighting with Broncos..." November 29

  • NFL reportedly finalizing $100 million social justice partnership with players

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL and its players are close to finalizing a deal that would commit $100 million to helping with issues of social injustice in the community, according to a report. ESPN’s Jim Trotter and Jason Reid have been told NFL officials have submitted a final draft of the proposal to the Players..." November 29

  • Michael Crabtree denies taping chain to his chest, says he's not the 'bad guy'

    CBS Sports "Michael Crabtree denied a report that he taped his chain to his chest in an effort to block Aqib Talib from ripping it off his neck, just as Talib had done last season. ESPN reported Crabtree's chain-keeping plan on Tuesday, but in an interview with The Athletic on Wednesday, Crabtree said he..." November 29

  • Sebastian Janikowski's career with Raiders may be over as he misses last IR practice window

    ESPN "Veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski, the Raiders' all-time leading scorer, is done for the season and possibly for his career with the team that made him a first-round draft pick in 2000 out of Florida State. Oakland opened a practice window for cornerback Antonio Hamilton off injured reserve..." November 29

  • Michael Crabtree still unhappy with Aqib Talib, NFL over suspension

    Pro Football Talk "Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree is still unhappy about the situation that led to his fight with Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib and subsequent one-game suspension. In an interview with Vic Tafur of the Athletic, Crabtree said he wanted his suspension to be completely annulled as he..." November 29

  • David Amerson: Snatching your chain is taking your manhood

    Pro Football Talk "The Broncos came to the defense of their teammate, cornerback Aqib Talib, on Monday. Not surprisingly, the Raiders did the same with their teammate, wide receiver Michael Crabtree, on Tuesday. Cornerback David Amerson said he “understands” why Crabtree did what he did after Talib ripped off his..." November 28

  • Raiders promote Isaac Whitney from practice squad

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders likely are without their top two wideouts this week, with Michael Crabtree suspended and Amari Cooper recovering from an ankle sprain and a concussion. In need of help at the position, the team will promote Isaac Whitney from the practice squad, via Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas..." November 28

  • Raiders designate Antonio Hamilton to return from IR

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders have designated cornerback Antonio Hamilton to return from injured reserve, via Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. That means the season officially has ended for kicker Sebastian Janikowski and offensive lineman Denver Kirkland, who will remain on injured reserve as..." November 28

  • Aqib Talib, Michael Crabtree bans reduced to one game for fighting

    ESPN "Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib and Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree each had their two-game suspensions reduced to one game Tuesday, two days after they were ejected from Sunday's game for fighting, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. James Thrash was the appeals officer for..." November 28

  • Trump: The NFL is ‘weak and out of control’

    New York Post "President Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to address two issues that seem to constantly preoccupy him — NFL players protesting during the national anthem and his victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. In two tweets, he called the NFL “weak and out of control” as..." November 28

  • How Michael Crabtree Reportedly Tried To Stop Aqib Talib From Snatching Chain

    NESN "Michael Crabtree’s best attempts at protecting his neck ultimately were in vain. ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed Monday night on Twitter how the Oakland Raiders wide receiver tried to stop Denver Broncos cornerback Aquib Talib from snatching his chain during the teams’ Week 12 meeting the..." November 28

  • Michael Crabtree's gold chain most ridiculous story of '17

    NFL.com "The ongoing feud between wide receiver Michael Crabtree and cornerback Aqib Talib can be traced back a single piece of jewelry. I refer, of course, to the gold chain that Talib has now snatched from Crabtree's neck in consecutive years during meetings between the Broncos and Raiders. Crabtree..." November 28

  • Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib get two-game suspensions without pay for fighting

    CBS Sports "Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib were each suspended two games for fighting, the NFL announced on Monday night. Specifically, the two players, who were ejected from the Raiders win over Denver on Sunday afternoon, were suspended by NFL VP..." November 28

  • Amari Cooper Suffered Ankle Injury in Addition to Concussion vs. Broncos

    Bleacher Report "Raiders receiver Amari Cooper suffered both a concussion and a sprained ankle on the same play Sunday against the Broncos, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Cooper took a big hit from safety Darian Stewart during the 21-14 win and was later ruled out with a concussion. Stewart earned a 15-yard..." November 27

  • Aqib Talib: Michael Crabtree came out to wrestle and fight

    Pro Football Talk "Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib blames Michael Crabtree for starting the fight that got both ejected, denying he was defending teammate Chris Harris when he ripped the Raiders wide receiver’s chain off his neck. “If you see the play, I didn’t defend Chris,” Talib said, via Nicki Jhabvala of The..." November 27