1:38 p.m.: Key Raiders remembered the great John Madden.
“We lost an icon in the world of football.”— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) December 29, 2021
Interim Head Coach Rich Biasscia reflected on the impact of Coach Madden in the Silver and Black. pic.twitter.com/3KHsdI11EC
9:22 a.m.: Denver backup Drew Lock, who played against the Raiders last week, is expected to play again this week against the Chargers. A Chargers’ win is part of a four-way formula that would eliminate the Raiders on Sunday.
#Broncos QB Drew Lock is expected to be the team’s starter once again this week vs. the #Chargers, source said, as incumbent Teddy Bridgewater continues to recover from a concussion. The team will continue to be smart with it.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 29, 2021
8:33 a.m.: Some Colts’ COVID updates.
Frank Reich has had some conversations with Philip Rivers of late, he says, but at this point, nothing happening on that front. Colts will move forward with Sam Ehlinger at QB if needed, but my gut tells me Wentz will be back and start. Wild week.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) December 29, 2021
Frank Reich: Colts have five players activated off the Covid-19 list coming back to practice today, including All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) December 29, 2021
Others include: Kemoko Turay, Rock Ya-Sin and Mark Glowinski.
8:14 a.m.: The NFL Network is honoring John Madden by showing some classic games Wednesday.
Today, @nflnetwork continues to honor the life & legacy of John Madden w/ the following programming --— NFL Media (@NFLMedia) December 29, 2021
3p ET -- NFL's Greatest Games: "Sea of Hands"
4:30p ET -- NFL's Greatest Games: "Ghost to the Post"
8p ET -- Super Bowl XLIII (Madden's final broadcast)
8:02 a.m.: The fact that Colts’ quarterback Carson Wentz will likely play Sunday against the Raiders, albeit with no practice, has settled down the the betting line. Our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook have adjusted the betting line to the Colts at -6.5. It opened at -7.5 points. Some sportsbooks brought it all the way down to the Colts -3 when his COVID news first hit.
2:22 p.m.: With 11 players on COVID list, the Raiders added another, reserve linebacker Will Compton, to the list Tuesday.
We have placed LB Will Compton on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. pic.twitter.com/DYYefErblh— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) December 28, 2021
10:47 a.m.: The Raiders and Jaguars are the only teams that can interview coaching candidates right. The Jags are taking advantage of it. Thus far, the Raiders have not.
The Jaguars have asked the Bucs for permission to interview offensive coordInator Byron Leftwich for their head coaching position.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) December 28, 2021
Jaguars also have requested permission to talk to Bucs’ DC Todd Bowles, per source. So Jacksonville is interested in both Bucs’ coordinators. https://t.co/0X0teLCV9A— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 28, 2021
The #Jaguars' interview with former #Eagles coach Doug Pederson is scheduled to happen this week, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 28, 2021
So along with requests for #Bucs OC Byron Leftwich and DC Todd Bowles and #Cowboys OC Kellen Moore, Jacksonville's search for Urban Meyer's successor is off and running.
8:03 am.: CBS Sports reports that the Raiders plan on interviewing Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles when the time is right.
4:58 p.m.: Sad news from the Raiders.
1:28 p.m.: This is how the Raiders can be eliminated from the playoff picture this week.
No. #Raiders can be eliminated this week with a loss to Colts and Chargers win over Broncos, Patriots win over Jaguars and Bills win over Falcons. (Lines of thosegames per @FDSportsbook Colts -6.5, Bills -14, Pats -16, Chargers -6) https://t.co/jIphLk57KY— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) December 27, 2021
Jaguars have requested permission to interview both Cowboys coordinators, DC Dan Quinn and OC Kellen Moore for their HC job, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 28, 2021
8:30 a.m.: The Colts, who host the Raiders on Sunday, are having big COVID-19 issues.
#Colts placed S Jahleel Addae, CB T.J. Carrie, LB Malik Jefferson, RB Marlon Mack and T Braden Smith on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 27, 2021
10:30 a.m.: The Raiders will be without starting wide receiver Bryan Edwards and backup quarterback Marcus Mariota on Sunday against the Broncos.
We have placed WR Bryan Edwards and QB Marcus Mariota on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) December 26, 2021
We have also activated QB Nathan Peterman and WR Dillon Stoner from the practice squad. #DENvsLV
1:10 p.m.: As expected, Drew Lock will quarterback the Broncos against the Raiders on Sunday.
8:49 a.m.: Cleveland Browns’ center (and NFLPA president) JC Tretter explained why he fought so hard to postpone Monday’s game. Browns and Raiders players almost lost a week’s pay.
Tretter on the Raiders players who were angry about the postponement: “I was fighting for the same things for the Raiders players I was for the Browns players: to make sure everybody gets paid. I don’t think people realize how close those games were to being canceled.”— Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) December 22, 2021
8:05 a.m.: An injury update on Raiders’ safety Johnathan Abram. We should know more later Tuesday.
#Raiders safety Johnathan Abram suffered a dislocated shoulder in Monday night’s win over the #Browns, per source. It has happened before, but Abram hadn't missed a snap all season. He’ll undergo an MRI.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 21, 2021
10:30 a.m.: Trayvon Mullen’s season is over.
.@Raiders transactions:— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) December 20, 2021
Activated TE Nick Bowers from Reserve/Injured
Activated G Lester Cotton and WR Tyron Johnson from the practice squad
Placed CB Nate Hobbs on Reserve/COVID-19 list
Placed CB Trayvon Mullen on Reserve/Injured list
10:25 a.m.: The Browns will be without their head coach in the game.
#Browns coach Kevin Stefanski will remain out with COVID-19 and won’t coach tonight, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 20, 2021
10:20 a.m.: Raiders’ nickel cornerback Nate Hobbs is out for Monday’s game while on the COVID-19 list. Amik Robertson will likely play.
.@Raiders CB Nate Hobbs has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and will not play today at Cleveland— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) December 20, 2021
8:46 a.m.: Raiders’ linebacker Denzel Perryman got fan love for the Pro Bowl.
#Raiders' Denzel Perryman was the AFC's leading vote getter in fan voting for inside linebackers. Pro Bowl rosters will be announced Wednesday.— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) December 20, 2021
8:41 a.m.: It’s not looking like Denver quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be ready to play the Raiders on Sunday.
Vic says “highly unlikely” Teddy plays at Vegas.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) December 20, 2021
#Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater has been released from the hospital and will enter the NFL’s concussion protocol.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 20, 2021
7:18 a.m.: Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum are among the many, many Cleveland players who did not clear COVID protocol and they will not play Monday against the Raiders. Nick Mullens, it is.
12:53 p.m.: Updated NFL COVID-19 protocols.
The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to updated COVID protocols. Statement from the league: pic.twitter.com/PyIYspmcTh— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 16, 2021
10:52 a.m.: In another sign that Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield won’t play Saturday against Las Vegas, Raiders-killer Nick Mullens has been promoted.
8:14 a.m.: The Raiders’ Jan. 2 game at the Colts will now be televised on Fox at 10 a.m. PT.
6:47 a.m.: The Jaguars have joined the Raiders as teams looking for new coaches next month.
3:14 p.m.: Raiders owner Mark Davis, kind of, gave an update on his upcoming coaching search.
Raiders owner Mark Davis said at the October owners meeting he was holding off on launching his coaching search. Today, I asked again. His response: "There's always work being done, but (Rich Bisaccia) is the head coach of the Raiders."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 15, 2021
Said focus is on making the playoffs.
12:58 p.m.: The Raiders’ held another walk-through practice Wednesday, but tight end Darren Waller, linebacker Denzel Perryman and cornerback Trayvon Mullen didn’t make progress with the game in Cleveland three days away. However, defensive end Maxx Crosby appears ready to play.
12:18 p.m.: 2020 Raiders’ first-round draft pick, cornerback Damon Arnette, has signed with the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad. He was cut by the Raiders last month for off-field issues.
The Miami Dolphins signed cornerback and former Raiders first-round pick Damon Arnette, who played at St. Thomas Aquinas and Ohio State, to their practice squad, per source.— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) December 15, 2021
10:52 a.m.: It’s official. The 2024 Super Bowl will be played at Allegiant Stadium.
The @NFL has officially awarded Super Bowl LVII (2024) to Las Vegas.— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) December 15, 2021
8:04 A.M.: Raiders’ third-round pick, linebacker Tanner Muse, has been promoted to Seattle’s 53-man roster.
The #Seahawks are signing LB Tanner Muse from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 15, 2021
8:01 a.m.: Chiefs’ defensive back Mike Hughes was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Raiders in Week 14.
Players of the Week - Week 14— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 15, 2021
Offense: QB Justin Herbert, LAC
Defense: CB Mike Hughes, KC
ST: K Brandon McManus, DEN
Offense: TE George Kittle, SF
Defense: DL Aaron Donald, LAR
ST: WR Jakeem Grant, CHI
2:38 p.m.: Big offseason news coming. The salary cap is exploding. Good news for all.
A big jump from the $182.5 million it was in 2021.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 14, 2021
2022 Salary cap is $208.2 million. https://t.co/LZUi4DlHuB
10:16 a.m.: The Browns have put eight players on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday. That is huge with the Raiders-Browns game looming in four days.
Browns now have placed eight players on the Reserve/COVID19 list: Jarvis Landry, OT Jedrick Wills, TE Austin Hooper, G Wyatt Teller, DE Takkarist McKinley, G Drew Forbes, WR JoJo Natson and TE Ross Travis.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 14, 2021
Browns are on a short week with a Saturday game vs. Raiders. They also now have entered the NFL’s league-enhanced protocols, with all meetings being held virtually.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 14, 2021
8:52 a.m.: Derek Carr is about to hit a huge quarterback milestone.
#Raiders Derek Carr needs 74 yards passing this week for his 4th straight 4000-yard season. Other QBs who have done that:— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) December 14, 2021
Drew Brees 12
Matt Ryan 10
Peyton Manning 8
Philip Rivers 8
Matthew Stafford 7
Peyton Manning 6
Tom Brady 5 (twice)
Kirk Cousins 4
4:09 p.m.: Important NFL news. This is for staff, not players.
A memo from the NFL is expected to go out tomorrow to inform teams that all Tier 1 and Tier 2 employees are mandated to receive a Covid-19 vaccine booster shot, per sources.— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) December 14, 2021
2:47 p.m.: The 2024 Super Bowl will be held in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. This is not surprising. The 2022 Pro Bowl and 2022 NFL draft will both be in Las Vegas. It is a major NFL player.
12:11 p.m.: Now, it appears Kareem Hunt will not play against the Raiders. Big break.
Browns’ RB Kareem Hunt is now considered week to week with his ankle injury but is, in the words of HC Kevin Stefanski, “unlikely to make it this week on the short week with the game on Saturday.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 13, 2021
9:39 a.m.: It’s getting real in Vegas.
8:21 a.m.: It looks like Browns’ running back Kareem Hunt will be able to play against the Raiders on Saturday.
Kareem Hunt could've returned vs. #Ravens if needed, which is a good sign for the #Raiders game Saturday; Lamar Jackson's status uncertain as the Ravens cling to 1st place in the AFC North: #Browns Takeaways https://t.co/hlPEsKl2rj— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 13, 2021
8:33 a.m.: Here are the Raiders’ inactive players Sunday. There are no surprises.
8:13 a.m. Chiefs’ cornerback L’Jarius Sneed will not play Sunday against the Raiders as he mourns the tragic death of his brother,
Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed will not play today, I'm told. He remains back home in Minden with family after his brother's death.— Sam McDowell (@SamMcDowell11) December 12, 2021
8:11 a.m.: Another fine for Maxx Crosby.
#Raiders DE Maxx Crosby was fined $15,450 for a hit on the QB, roughing Washington QB Taylor Heinicke last week.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 11, 2021
1:30 p.m.: Linebacker Zach Cunningham is going to the Tennessee Titans. The Raiders were not interested, since they had a higher waiver priority than the Titans did.
The Titans have claimed former Texans LB Zach Cunningham off of waivers.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 9, 2021
1:29 p.m.: The Trent Sieg-Carson Tinker switch is official.
Trent Sieg has returned to the active roster from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) December 9, 2021
In a corresponding move, we have released Carson Tinker. pic.twitter.com/4yKbe1mCFB
11:30 a.m.: Raiders’ practice update. Mostly status quo:
Darren Waller (knee/back) is still out for the #Raiders. So are Jalen Richard (reserve/COVID-19), Denzel Perryman (ankle) & Carl Nassib (knee).— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) December 9, 2021
Quinton Jefferson (back) is practicing for the #Raiders after missing yesterday.— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) December 9, 2021
11:28 a.m.: Raiders’ long snapper Trent Sieg is back at practice and off the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list. Thus, he should play Sunday at the Chiefs and the Raiders will likely cut long snapper Carson Tinker, who snapped last week.
#Raiders long snapper Trent Sieg is back at practice from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Warming up next to the very wealthy duo of Daniel Carlson and A.J. Cole.— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) December 9, 2021
8:27 a.m.: Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr has been nominated for a prestigious sportsmanship award.
2021 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award nominees!— NFL (@NFL) December 9, 2021
Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award, which recognizes players around the league who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field. pic.twitter.com/itLM2jqLk2
1:40 p.m.: Linebacker Will Compton is on the practice squad and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is out.
We have signed LB Will Compton to the practice squad.— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) December 8, 2021
We have released S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from the practice squad. pic.twitter.com/HN5UFoQibQ
11:02 a.m.: If he wants to, Raiders owner Mark Davis can get a jump on interviews with coaches. Perhaps if the Raiders completely fall out of the playoff chase, he will.
9:12 a.m.: This is ugly.
8:44 a.m.: The Raiders, who are dealing with injuries at linebacker, added Will Compton to the practice squad this week. Now, starting-quality Zach Cunningham will be on waivers Thursday. Could be interesting.
10:37 a.m.: Only some NFC teams can clinch a playoff spot this weekend.
Confirmed by NFL: Arizona, Packers and Buccaneers can clinch playoff berths this week. Packers and Buccaneers also have a path to division titles. https://t.co/i3EKK8aPNG— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) December 7, 2021
8:06 a.m.: There is scrutiny on a couple of plays that players got injured in Sunday’s Raiders’ game.
Graphic Video Warning: The #NFL needs to look at this specific style of tackling. They are throwing flags for taunting and protecting qbs from getting touched but this is my 2nd straight season being injured by a guy pulling me back and using his body weight to roll up my legs. pic.twitter.com/zgJt4rM9yG— Kenyan Drake™ (@KDx32) December 6, 2021
#Raiders DE Yannick Ngakoue went low on Thomas to avoid his block. In the process, he ended his season. So avoidable. Players are supposed to be looking out for one another. Not in this case. https://t.co/IPpw8kvGW5— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 6, 2021
9:12 a.m.: Raiders’ running back Jalen Richard is on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list for the second time in 2021 and will not play Sunday.
.@Raiders RB Jalen Richard has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and will not play in today’s game vs. Washington.— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) December 5, 2021
8:02 a.m.: Cornerback Rasul Douglas, signed and cut by the Raiders’ this offseason, was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his effort in the Green Bay Packers win in Week 12,
Packers CB Rasul Douglas named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his four PBUs and pick-six against the Rams. Continues to be one of the team’s best stories this season. Packers are his fourth team in 2021 alone.— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) December 1, 2021
6:21 a.m.: Dallas’ defensive lineman Trysten Hill has had his suspension reduced from two games to one game for punching Raiders’ guard John Simpson after Las Vegas’ win on Thanksgiving Day.