8:44 a.m.: Former Raiders’ draft pick, punter Johnny Townsend, is back in the league.
1:43 p.m.: Raiders defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was suspended for the next six games for violating the NFL’s PED guidelines. He is out for the season on the injured reserve. He will not be paid for the next six games, though. He is on a one-year contract.
Gerald McCoy has been suspended without pay for the team’s next six games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 29, 2021
1:40 p.m.: Running back Trey Ragas is back on the Raiders’ practice squad and is a former Bears’ receiver.
We have signed WR Javon Wims and RB Trey Ragas to the practice squad. pic.twitter.com/1Hkrx3knyb— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) September 29, 2021
8:02 a.m.: Richard Sherman, who was often connected to the Raiders this offseason, is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Richard Sherman and Tom Brady are on the same team pic.twitter.com/PJ6OHnWPGc— ESPN (@espn) September 29, 2021
2:13 p.m.: Here’s some stats that tell the story of the defensive revival under Gus Bradley.
Las Vegas Raiders thru Week 3, 2020:— Brad Spielberger (@PFF_Brad) September 28, 2021
- 18.5% explosive pass play rate allowed (28th)
Las Vegas Raiders thru Week 3, 2021
- 8.0% explosive pass play rate allowed (2nd)
Casey Hayward Jr. - 26 receiving yards allowed over 125 coverage snaps (.21 yards per coverage snap = ELITE)
7:32 a.m.: The Denver Broncos are swiping receiver David Moore off the Raiders’ practice squad.
The Broncos are signing veteran WR David Moore off the Raiders’ practice squad, KOA first reported.— Nick Kosmider (@NickKosmider) September 28, 2021
Denver moves quickly after imaging today confirmed a significant knee injury for KJ Hamler.
1:00 p.m.: Josh Gordon is headed to the AFC West.
Former All-Pro WR Josh Gordon, who is being reinstated, is planning to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, sources tell ESPN. His agents, Eric Dounn and Matt Leist from @LAASportsEnt, confirmed Gordon is headed to Kansas City. pic.twitter.com/nqpJXn3oni— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 27, 2021
8:12 a.m.: Raiders’ star pass-rusher Maxx Crosby is appealing a fine.
#Raiders DE Maxx Crosby plans to appeal a $6,971 fine for allegedly spitting on #Steelers G Trai Turner last Sunday -- an act that Crosby denies and game officials admitted they didn't see on the field, per sources. https://t.co/z1zm5wWzOw— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 26, 2021
2:07 p.m.: Marquel Lee is back on the Raiders’ practice squad.
We have signed LB Marquel Lee to the practice squad.— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) September 24, 2021
In a corresponding move, we have released T Devery Hamilton from the practice squad. pic.twitter.com/fz2mDpyIsm
11:52 a.m.: Another veteran receiver is available if the Raiders are interested.
NFL informed suspended former All-Pro WR Josh Gordon that it is reinstating him, sources tell ESPN. Gordon is expected to be eligible to play as early as Week 4.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2021
8:23 a.m.: Big NFL playoff formatting news. Could this affect the Raiders?
12:49 p.m.: Some important vaccination info.
From Aug. 1 to Sept. 18, the NFL administered approximately 60,000 COVID tests to more than 7,800 players and personnel, and there were a total of 169 positive cases -- 54 players, 115 personnel. https://t.co/o34vfKlJL1— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 23, 2021
1:44 p.m.: The Raiders made the signing of tackle Jackson Barton official and have cut linebacker Marquel Lee to make room for Barton on the 53-man roster. Lee was promoted from the practice squad last week. He is a candidate to go back to the Raiders’ practice squad.
8:26 a.m.: Former Raiders’ cornerback Nevin Lawson, who the team cut Monday, has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Raiders wanted to keep him on the practice squad. But veteran corners after pretty popular on the open market these days.
8:55 a.m.: Nevin Lawson, cut by the Raiders on Monday, already has interest.
8:26 a.m.: Linebacker Cory Littleton restructured his contract again.
The Saints converted $1,192,833 of WR Tre’Quan Smith's base salary into a signing bonus (while adding four void years), creating $954,267 in cap space.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 21, 2021
The Raiders converted $4.25M of LB Cory Littleton's base salary into a roster bonus, creating $3.4M in cap space.
8:21 a.m.: This is going to be good.
1:49 p.m.: Carl Nassib, a hero in Monday night’s win, practiced Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. Also, defensive tackle Darius Philon was added to the injury report.
11:37 a.m.: Nothing much appeared to change at Raiders’ practice Thursday. It looks like Yannick Ngakoue has a chance to play Sunday at Pittsburgh. It doesn’t look good for Richie Incognito and we will see on Josh Jacobs. We should learn more Friday.
To recap Yannick Ngakoue was at practice for the @Raiders. Josh Jacobs and Richie Incognito were not at practice. Also, saw Jalen Richard, who was walking fine and without a cast on foot, at the facility. He's currently on IR, and will miss the next two games, at least.— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) September 16, 2021
9:10 a.m.: Raiders’ tight end Darren Waller can make NFL history Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Darren Waller can become first tight end in NFL history with five straight 100-yard games. https://t.co/WeBKc8iNSW— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 16, 2021
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2:12 p.m.: Cornerback Madre Harper was released from the Raiders’ practice squad.
12:05 p.m.: The Raiders are trying to get the NFL’s attention when it comes to receiver Hunter Renfrow and the hits he takes. This is pretty routine stuff, but it’s interesting. Let’s see if officials keep a closer eye on Renfrow in the near future.
The #Raiders, I'm told, have filed a complaint with the league about all the dirty hits on receiver Hunter Renfrow in Monday night's game. Patrick Queen was called for one, but the Raiders compiled video of several after-the-play and away-from-the ball hits.— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 15, 2021
11:48 a.m.: The Raiders are signing offensive lineman Jordan Simmons from the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad. He replaces Denzelle Good, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. Simmons, who was on the Raiders’ practice squad in 2017-18, will be a backup.
5:51 a.m.: MADD MAXX DID IT. Raiders’ stud pass-rusher Maxx Crosby was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his two-sack performance against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. Congrats, sir.
1:35 p.m.: The Buffalo Bills have joined the Raiders as the only NFL teams that will require fans to be vaccinated to attend home games this season.
7:58 a.m.: For all the talk that Raiders’ cornerback Damon Arnette improved, he played just one defensive snaps Monday night. That’s not ideal for a No. 19 overall pick starting his second season.
#Raiders had 5 1st round picks in 2019-20. Clelin Ferrell (4th in 2019) was a healthy scratch in opener. Damon Arnette (19th in 2020) played 5 snaps (1 on D, 4 on special teams)— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) September 14, 2021
2:01 p.m.: Running back Trey Ragas was elevated for the game tonight by the Raiders.
1:12 p.m.: Justin “Jelly” Ellis, who the Raiders drafted in 2014, will face them Monday night.
The #Ravens elevated Anthony Levine Sr. and Justin Ellis as their two gameday activations from the practice squad — so no Le’Veon Bell or Devonta Freeman just yet.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 13, 2021
12:02 p.m.: The Raiders signed veteran safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the practice squad. He visited with the team in the offseason. He hasn’t played in the regular season since 2019.
1:38 p.m.: The only change on the Raiders’ injury report Friday is that backup defensive end Carl Nassib practiced fully after being limited with a pec injury Thursday. So, barring a setback, Nassib should play Monday.
10:58 a.m.: Richie Incognito is missing practice for the 22nd straight day with a calf issue. It’s looking more and more like second-year player John Simpson will start at left guard against the Ravens Monday.
Guard Richie Incognito is missing practice again today for the Raiders due to a calf injury. Starting to feel like it'll be John Simpson time Monday.— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) September 10, 2021
8:13 a.m.: The running back-depleted Ravens have added a familiar name in time to face the Raiders.
Ravens now have reached agreement on a one-year deal with former Saints’ RB Latavius Murray, per source. https://t.co/Wx4H9wSwOc— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 10, 2021
11:24 a.m.: An update on all team’s current salary-cap space. It’s not that pretty for the Raiders after a lot of maneuvering.
With the season upon us, a look at how much cap space each NFL currently has to operate with. The Jaguars lead the way at nearly $31M. pic.twitter.com/8EN8oCJPJH— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 9, 2021
9:04 a.m.: The Raiders may face running back Le’Veon Bell on Monday night.
John Harbaugh: There's a chance Le'Veon Bell will be activated for Week One. https://t.co/u1cFlyPsDX— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 9, 2021
8:38 a.m.: Info on Tom Flores and Charles Woodson getting their Pro Football Hall of Fame swag.
Tom Flores will get his Hall of Fame ring at #Raiders game Sept. 26 vs Miami. Charles Woodson gets 2 ceremonies: at Chiefs-Raiders on Nov. 14 and 2 weeks later in Green Bay— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) September 9, 2021
2:17 p.m.: What a troll job.
2:15 p.m.: An update on the Raiders’ business operation:
According to two sources, the Raiders now have Bain Consulting working either with or for them. Bain is best known for doing management analysis and business valuations. It's not clear what Bain is doing for the Raiders, but expect some pretty significant management changes— Jason Cole (@JasonCole62) September 8, 2021
12:30 p.m.: It looks like the Ravens will have a key defensive player ready Monday in Las Vegas,
#Ravens CB Jimmy Smith returned to practice this week, which bodes well for the Ravens heading to the regular-season opener against the Las Vegas Raiders. #RavensFlock https://t.co/K0KlijkEBP via @toddkarpovich— Todd Karpovich (@toddkarpovich) September 8, 2021
12:01 p.m.: Raiders’ star tight end Daren Waller has beefed up his representation. Waller is entering the second of a four-year, $29 million deal. He is one of the great bargains in the game. Perhaps he is looking for a contract adjustment. He’s definitely earned it.
11:21 a.m.: Some interesting NFL vaccine stats. It looks pretty good.
New NFL vaccination data as of Wednesday morning, per league source:— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) September 8, 2021
-League-wide, 93.5% of players are vaccinated. This is nearly identical to the vax rate before rosters were cut to 53 (+ 16 practice squad)
-7 teams over 95% (including 2 at 100%)
-0 teams under 80%
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3:05 p.m.: Here are the Raiders’ four protected players on the practice squad this week.
From the NFL transaction report: Tanner Muse clears waivers and ex-#Raiders RB Latavius Murray is cut by Saints.— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) September 7, 2021
Also, here are the practice squad players the Raiders protected this week: DE Gerri Green, WR David Moore, LB Patrick Onwuasor, DT Kendal Vickers
2:39 p.m.: A familiar running back is available now, too.
Saints are releasing RB Latavius Murray, per source. They asked for a pay reduction yesterday and he refused. Murray is coming off his best season, averaging 4.5 yards per carry and 7.7 yards per catch.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 7, 2021
2:22 p.m.: Linebacker Tanner Muse cleared waivers after being cut by the Raiders on Monday. They can bring him back to the practice squad if there is mutual interest.
FYI: Tanner Muse went through waivers unclaimed. He is now free to sign on with someone - practice squad or regular roster - so we'll see if he ends up back with the @Raiders.— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) September 7, 2021
2:20 p.m. After visiting with D’Onta Foreman, the Raiders also worked out another veteran running back.
From the transaction wire:#Saints released RB Latavius Murray and signed CB Desmond Trufant#Titans released S Bradley McDougald and put DB Brady Breeze on Reserve/COVID-19 after a positive test#Texans worked out WR Danny Amendola#Raiders worked out RB Kerryon Johnson— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 7, 2021
8:22 a.m.: The Raiders continued to tinker with their salary-cap to create room, by moving around some of Carl Nassib’s contract.
The Bears converted $5.825M of TE Jimmy Graham's salary into a signing bonus, creating $4.66M in cap space (with four void years added as well).— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 7, 2021
The Raiders converted $2.51M of DE Carl Nassib's salary into a signing bonus, creating $2.008M in cap space.
12:58 p.m.: The Raiders have seven team captains.
10:59 a.m.: As expected, tight end Derek Carrier is back after being cut Tuesday. Expect some roster shuffling later today with, at least, one player going to the injured reserve.
TE Derek Carrier is back at practice for the Raiders after being cut. Must have a roster spot since the practice squad is full, which means someone has likely been placed on injured reserve.— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) September 2, 2021
10:57 a.m.: Clelin Ferrell is back after being out for more than a week. That’s a good sign he should be ready to play Week 1 in 11 days against the Baltimore Ravens.
1o:55 a.m.: Hey, numbers fans:
Divine Deablo is now wearing #5 for the @Raiders— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) September 2, 2021
8:52 a.m.: The Raiders restructured the contract of linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski. But they still have some work to do so they have a little breathing room to add a piece or two.
As teams work to get their salary cap set for in-season management, the Raiders have converted $2.885M of LB Nick Kwiatkoski's base salary into a signing bonus, creating $2.308M in cap space.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 2, 2021