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Raiders fall to 0-7 with 23-13 loss to Browns

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — CLEVELAND — The Raiders couldn’t score a touchdown for the first 59 minutes Sunday and were actually in the game for three quarters. But the ending was really never in doubt, was it now, and Oakland fell to 0-7 after Cleveland scored the game’s first touchdown early in the fourth quarter and won 23-13. Former
  • 4 days ago

Raiders activate Hayden; Game capsule

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Raiders (0-6) at Browns (3-3) 1:25 p.m., Ch. 5, 95.7 FM Spotlight on: CB DJ Hayden – The Raiders activated last year’s first-round pick Saturday, after he missed the first six games with a foot injury. He may not play a lot, but everybody – including owner Mark Davis – wants to see how good
  • 5 days ago
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Safety Usama Young out for the season

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Free safety Usama Young is out for the year with a torn ACL and MCL, sources said, confirming a report by ESPN. Young, who was already replacing Tyvon Branch in the lineup, was injured in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals. Branch broke his foot in the second week of the season. Now that Young is
  • 10 days ago
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Raiders 0-6 after 24-13 loss to Cardinals

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Raiders offense, after a breakthrough performance (for them) last week, was stuck in neutral again Sunday afternoon in a 21-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Oakland falls to 0-6, its worst start since 1962, and has now lost 12 straight games dating back to last season. That’s their worst stretch since, yeah you got
  • 11 days ago

Tuck and Reece out for today’s game

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck (knee) and fullback Marcel Reece (quad) are both out for today’s game against the Cardinals. C.J. Wilson and Jamize Olawale, respectively, will start. Right tackle Khalif Barnes (quad) is also out and Menelik Watson will start again in his place. Receiver Vincent Brown (hamstring), cornerback Keith McGill (groin), quarterback Matt
  • 11 days ago

Sparano “cautiously optimistic” Tuck, Reece play Sunday

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck (knee) and fullback Marcel Reece (quad) both practiced for the first time this week on Friday. I asked coach Tony Sparano if he was optimistic that both could play Sunday against the Cardinals. “Based on what I saw today watching them out there today, I thought they did some good
  • 13 days ago

DJ Hayden: “Now it’s my time”

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Usually, if a team gets their 2013 first-round pick back from injury, they are pretty excited. The Raiders … are crossing their fingers that cornerback DJ Hayden, back Wednesday after missing six weeks due to foot surgery, can help them bounce back from an 0-5 start. Hayden, who has missed 13 of 21 games and
  • 15 days ago

Palmer happy Raiders, fans have young QB to build around

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Carson Palmer returns to O.co Coliseum Sunday for the first time since he was cleaned out with a lot of Raiders players after the 2012 season. And the Cardinals quarterback is happy Oakland has not only finally found someone to replace him, but it’s a 23-year-old in Derek Carr. “They have their guy of the
  • 15 days ago

Sparano liked smaller playbook, effort in loss

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Keep it simple. That seems to be Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano’s plan going forward, and it almost worked out of the gate. 0-5 Oakland was beating 5-1 San Diego 28-24 with two minutes remaining on Sunday. The Chargers scored and the Raiders threw an interception, the only turnover of the game, so it was
  • 17 days ago

Raiders roll dice one too many times in 31-28 loss

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — The Raiders opened up the offense finally, and it worked out brilliantly for the first 58 minutes of Sunday’s game against the Chargers. Rookie Derek Carr threw four touchdown passes and running back Darren McFadden looked like he had found a time machine to go back to 2011. But they had so much fun, they
  • 18 days ago

Schaub holds on to backup QB job

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — In a little bit of a surprise, veteran Matt Schaub beat out Matt McGloin for the backup quarterback job Sunday after a week of competition. McGloin is inactive for Sunday’s game against the Chargers. Schaub missed the last two games to be with his family after the premature birth of his son, and came back
  • 18 days ago
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Would McCoy have turned around Raiders?

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Back in early 2012, the Raiders received permission from the Denver Broncos to interview both defensive coordinator Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy for their head-coaching vacancy. McCoy wound up canceling a scheduled interview so he could have a second visit with the Miami Dolphins, who would hire Joe Philbin. Oakland general manager Reggie
  • 18 days ago
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Barnes out for Sunday/updated injury report

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Right tackle Khalif Barnes will miss Sunday’s game with a quadriceps injury. He missed practice again on Friday and second-year player Menelik Watson will take his place against the Chargers. Watson was the starter at right tackle all preseason before he hit a “lull,” according to interim coach Tony Sparano. Plus, Barnes was losing his
  • 20 days ago
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Denarius Moore gets a clean slate

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Interim coach Tony Sparano said he is giving former starting receiver Denarius Moore a clean slate. Moore was inactive in the last game after having a ball bounce off his chest in the closing minutes of a loss in New England. Former coach Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Olson often criticized Moore’s focus and
  • 22 days ago
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Sparano said Roach wasn’t close to returning

SFGate.com (Vic Tafur) — Almost seven weeks after he left a preseason game with a concussion, Raiders linebacker Nick Roach had his season come to an end on Wednesday. The team made official what teammates had long suspected, and announced that Roach has been placed on injured reserve. “It was a hard decision to make,” interim coach Tony Sparano
  • 22 days ago
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