Oakland Raiders Set Practice Squad

The Oakland Raiders began their quest to build upon their 8-8 record from 2010 when they reported to Training Camp in Napa on July 27th. SB Nation Reporter, Raymond St. Martin, will be providing news, links, discussion, interviews and opinion as he travels to camp and our SBN Bay Area regulars will continue to scour the web for news. To see more fan opinion and join the Oakland Raider discussion you can visit: Silver and Black Pride.

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Oakland Raiders Injury Report: Hiram Eugene Requires Hip Surgery

The Oakland Raiders have suffered their first significant injury early in the 2010-11 season. Hiram Eugene will require hip surgery after dislocating it when Deuce Lutui fell on him in the opening preseason game against the Cardinals. The Raiders have precious little secondary depth behind Tyvon Branch and Michael Huff, placing more pressure on Mike Mitchell and Stevie Brown to hold up the backline.

John Clayton of ESPN speculates that Eugene "could be" out for the season*. This is great journalism right there, using the word "could" to speculate on something to get off the hook if Eugene comes back in a few weeks. John Clayton also reports that Eugene "could be" at In-N-Out right now*, and "could be" ordering a Double-Double with Animal style fries, and "could be" doing it with two Maxim 100 models draped on either arm*. These reports may or may not be

*Only one of the reports above was actually tweeted by John Clayton. But John Clayton "could be" considering Tweeting about any of these things!

For more on the Raiders, go to Silver and Black Pride.


Oakland Raiders Preseason Depth Chart: Darrius Heyward-Bey Listed As Starting WR

When you first look at the Oakland Raiders first depth chart of the 2011 NFL preseason, nothing much jumps out at you. (Thanks to Jerry McDonald for the Oakland Tribune for finding this info!) The defensive starters looks exactly how it should look.

DE - Lamarr Houston

DT - Richard Seymour

DT - Tommy Kelly

DE - Matt Shaugnessey

OLB - Quentin Groves

MLB - Rolando McClain

OLB - Kamerion Wimbley

SS- Tyvon Branch

FS - Michael Huff

CB - Stanford Routt

CB - Chris Johnson


Moving on to the special teams...

K - Sebastian Janikowski

P - Shane Lechler

LS - Jon Condo

KR - Jacoby Ford

PR - Nick Miller


Seems solid, all's in order. Now, you turn to the offense...

QB - Jason Campbell

RB - Darren McFadden

FB - Marcel Reece

WR- Jacoby Ford

TE - Kevin Boss

RT - Khalif Barnes

RG - Cooper Carlisle

C - Samson Satele

LG - Daniel Loper

LT - Jared Veldheer


Not too bad. Everything looks like it's right in ord--

Wait a second.

Is that...

Oh no...

WR - Darrius Heyward-Bey





For more analysis of the Raiders depth chart, go to Silver and Black Pride.


Raiders Training Camp: Darren McFadden Out One-Two Weeks With Eye Injury

The Oakland Raiders have already suffered some bad luck in training camp early on with Jacoby Ford breaking his left hand. Running back/return specialist Darren McFadden apparently got nicked up during a practice yesterday and missed some time. And it turns out it's more serious than that. Vittorio Tarfur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Raiders head coach Hue Jackson confirmed that McFadden has suffered a fracture to the orbital bone and he will be out for at least two weeks.

It's uncertain how McFadden sustained the injury, but Tarfur suggests that the injury might have been sustained when taking a huge block on a blitz pickup from safety Quentin Groves. It was McFadden's last practice play. The Raiders might now be inclined to move quickly to get Michael Bush back under contract with McFadden out and Taiwan Jones riding the bicycle.

For more on Raiders training camp, go to Silver and Black Pride.


Jacoby Ford Breaks Left Hand At Oakland Raiders Training Camp

Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson planned for all-around spectacular athlete Jacoby Ford to be a big part of his offense and special teams this season. Jackson told Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle that he planned to feature Ford so much that he would be a "household name" sometime this season. Ford's future did look bright, as he returned three kickoffs for touchdowns last year and was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month last November (when he returned two).

Then he had to go and break his hand. Why'd you have to go and do something like that Jacoby?

Paul Gutierrez of CSN California reports Ford broke his left hand in practice, which probably means he'll be out for at least a few weeks. Unless it's a severe hand injury, it's pretty likely that Ford should be back in time for at least most of the season. But how much catching up will he have to do? It's a good thing he's really really fast.

For more on the Raiders training camp, Silver and Black Pride is where to go.

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