2014-10-25 Raiders activate Hayden; Game capsule - 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 general manager Reggie McKenzie’s first first-round pick is. Hayden has missed 13 of 21 games and struggled in most that he played in last season. The Raiders also activated defensive end Denico Autry off their practice squad and put defensive end LaMarr Woodley and safety Usama Young on injured reserve. Injury Report Raiders – TE San Francisco Chronicle
    2014-10-25 Raiders activate DJ Hayden for Browns game - Former first-round draft pick DJ Hayden added to 53-man roster by coach Tony Sparano as Oakland Raiders prepare for game against Cleveland Browns. Inside Bay Area Sports
    2014-10-25 .@MoneyballWorks: Brown? Uh oh. Does that mean TJ starts or will DJ play + start? - WR Vincent Brown is out. Sorry about the confusion - None twitter
    2014-10-24 Friday infirmary: NFL Week 8 injury report - The Detroit Lions might be the team hurting the most in the NFL, but plenty will have injury decisions to make this weekend. Scout - NFL
    2014-10-24 Browns notebook: No Johnny drama with Manziel as he learns from Brian Hoyer: ‘I’m just staying in my own lane trying to get better’ - <!--PSTYLE=PTXT_Dateline-->BEREA: The Browns believe rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is benefiting from serving as a backup this season party because he has an opportunity to watch Brian Hoyer and learn lessons about leading on the professional level.<!--PSTYLE=PTXT_BodyTxt-->So in the aftermath of a 24-6 loss to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars, Manziel took note as Hoyer worked relentlessly in an effort to bounce back after his worst performance as an NFL starter and seize command of the team. The Browns (3-3) will host the Oakland Raiders (0-6) at 4:25 p.m. Sunday.&#8220;When we see him here, he&#8217;s working on trying to get better, going back and looking over everything that happened, and he obviously let all of the offense know in a meeting, he doesn&#8217;t want to feel like that again,&#8221; Manziel said Friday after practice. &#8220;He doesn&#8217;t want to be down like that, so he&#8217;s made strides to try and make sure that doesn&#8217;t happen again.&#8221;Browns coach Mike Pettine declared Monday that &#8220;Brian is still firmly our starter,&#8221; but many outsiders wonder whether Manziel&#8217;s chance to play will come sooner than later if Hoyer doesn&#8217;t rebound. Either way, Manziel, the 22nd overall pick in this year&#8217;s draft, repeatedly downplayed any eagerness he has to play.&#8220;I&#8217;m still just playing my role what these coaches have for me, so I don&#8217;t think it&#8217;s any eagerness or urgency or anything,&#8221; he said. &#8220;If the time down the road comes where it&#8217;s my time to get in the game plan, then when that chance is, I think I need to capitalize on those moments.&#8221;Asked if he&#8217;s itching to play, Manziel said, &#8220;I don&#8217;t really know if that&#8217;s my role right now. I&#8217;m just staying in my own lane trying to get better.&#8221;His role is to be the No. 2 quarterback, and creating drama isn&#8217;t part of the job description.&#8220;I think there&#8217;s been enough drama around me and my life for a couple of years now,&#8221; Manziel said. &#8220;So for me, I know whenever camp was over and we got into the roles of who was going to play what role, Brian was named the starter and I was named the backup and now I need to play my role of being the backup and that&#8217;s that.&#8221;Of course, Hoyer isn&#8217;t the only pro athlete who has an influence on Manziel. He reconnected with friend and business partner LeBron James when he attended the Cavaliers&#8217; preseason game Oct. 17 against the Dallas Mavericks at Quicken Loans Arena.&#8220;As busy as he is, as busy as I am, with this new schedule for me, everything&#8217;s really new, but he&#8217;s done a great job -- which I&#8217;m thankful for -- of kind of checking in on me and making sure things are good,&#8221; Manziel said. &#8220;I&#8217;ve gone out to his house a couple of times and gotten a chance to just get away and relax and then went to the game the other day and got a chance to talk to him there. So we&#8217;ve stayed in frequent contact, and I felt like when I came here ... it would be good for me to utilize LeBron and try and just be around him a little bit and get a chance to see how an athlete like that goes throughout everything in his life. It&#8217;s nuts.&#8221;<!--PSTYLE=PBRK_BreakHed-->Behind the scenes<!--PSTYLE=PTXT_BodyTxt-->When Andrew Hawkins isn&#8217;t making plays for the Browns as their leading receiving this season, he&#8217;s showing off his talent for sketch comedy.Hawkins has generated significant interest for a video he posted Tuesday on Instagram.&#8220;A lot of feedback,&#8221; Hawkins said Friday. &#8220;It kind of went a little viral on me. I didn&#8217;t expect that kind of response, but it&#8217;s cool.&#8221;In the video, Hawkins asks his 2-year-old son, Austin, &#8220;Who&#8217;s your favorite player?&#8221;Looking up and into the camera, Austin says, &#8220;Sanu and A.J.,&#8221; referring to Hawkins&#8217; former teammates and Cincinnati Bengals receivers Mohamed Sanu and A.J. Green.Hawkins immediately opens the front door to his house, lifts his son, puts him down outside, tosses a piece of luggage outdoors and slams the door. Then Hawkins leans against the closed door and says, &#8220;Good luck.&#8221;Hawkins kept the joke going Friday.&#8220;It&#8217;s an all-Browns house, man,&#8221; he said. &#8220;Very low tolerance for treason in my house.&#8221;Asked if Austin has been allowed back in the house, Hawkins quipped, &#8220;We&#8217;re still working on that. I&#8217;m waiting on a phone call. I need an official apology. But, yeah, he&#8217;s been back in the house.&#8221;Hawkins spent the past three seasons with the Bengals before the Browns lured him away as a restricted free agent in March. The Bengals declined to match the four-year, $13.6 million offer sheet Hawkins signed with the Browns.Seven months later, Hawkins is still trying to get Austin to assimilate.&#8220;It&#8217;s hard to get him out of that Cincinnati mindset,&#8221; Hawkins said.From time to time, Austin will wear Bengals gear.&#8220;Every once in a while he has some relapses,&#8221; said Hawkins, who has a team-high 29 catches for 382 yards. &#8220;But we&#8217;re a work in progress.&#8220;We&#8217;re pulling him over [to the Browns]. He&#8217;s a big Brian Hoyer fan. Johnny Manziel, he calls him John. [Offensive lineman John] Greco is known as Jodi&#8217;s husband &#8216;cause he knows John Greco&#8217;s wife. Slowly he&#8217;s starting to learn the players and getting more familiar with the Browns.&#8221;Even though Austin has yet to fully commit to Cleveland&#8217;s side of the Battle of Ohio, Hawkins couldn&#8217;t be more proud of his co-star.&#8220;I always put videos up of us,&#8221; Hawkins said. &#8220;I have a great time with my son. That&#8217;s my best friend.&#8220;He has such a good personality. I&#8217;m excited to watch him grow. I&#8217;m a new dad, but it&#8217;s the coolest thing I have going for myself, honestly.&#8221;And Hawkins isn&#8217;t shy about documenting the fun he has with his son.&#8220;I was actually taking him to Dave and Buster&#8217;s,&#8221; Hawkins said. &#8220;I just thought it would be funny, so we quickly shot it in about three minutes. He had no idea what was going on. Actually when I threw the luggage outside, he said, &#8216;Oh, thanks, Daddy.&#8217; He grabbed the luggage and went and met my wife at the car. So he didn&#8217;t know what was going on, but it turned out pretty cool.&#8221;<!--PSTYLE=PBRK_BreakHed-->Top-secret information<!--PSTYLE=PTXT_BodyTxt-->Pettine said the coaching staff has chosen its starting center and starting right guard for Sunday, but he wouldn&#8217;t reveal the plans for the lineup.&#8220;We feel good about it, though,&#8221; he said.John Greco started at center this past weekend against the Jaguars in place of Pro Bowler Alex Mack, who suffered a season-ending broken left fibula last week in a 31-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Paul McQuistan started in Greco&#8217;s usual spot at right guard.The offensive line, however, struggled mightily against the Jaguars, so it wouldn&#8217;t be surprising if changes were made. On Wednesday and Thursday, Greco said he expected to start against the Raiders. On Friday, he insisted the coaching staff hadn&#8217;t told him where he would play. &#8220;I took a lot of right guard reps this week,&#8221; Greco said. ... &#8220;I think we did a good mix of going back and forth [between center and right guard].&#8221;Nick McDonald&#8217;s status will likely be the deciding factor. He could start at center if the team deems him healthy enough to play coming off a broken wrist. ESPN&#8217;s Adam Caplan reported he&#8217;s been told McDonald is ready to play.If McDonald were activated from the non-football injury list Saturday, Greco would slide back to right guard. If not, Greco would stay at center. In that case, McQuistan could start again or be replaced by Vinston Painter.<!--PSTYLE=PBRK_BreakHed-->Injury updates<!--PSTYLE=PTXT_BodyTxt-->Starting nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) has missed the past two games, but he&#8217;s listed as probable for Sunday after fully participating in practice Friday.&#8220;He&#8217;s had a good week,&#8221; Pettine said. &#8220;He feels good. He&#8217;s been cleared. We obviously feel real good about it.&#8221;Backup safety and punt returner Jim Leonhard (ankle) is listed as questionable after suffering an injury Thursday during practice.&#8220;Knowing him, if you had to bet, I&#8217;d bet on him being able to go,&#8221; Pettine said.Backup defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps) is listed as questionable. He missed the past two games. Undrafted rookie nickel cornerback K&#8217;Waun Williams (concussion) is probable after sitting out this past weekend.Starting defensive lineman Phil Taylor (arthroscopic knee surgery Oct. 8) and backup wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring) have been ruled out.The Raiders ruled out tight end David Ausberry (foot), wide receiver Vincent Brown (hamstring), cornerback Keith McGill (groin), defensive end LaMarr Woodley (bicep) and safety Usama Young (knee). Offensive lineman Khalif Barnes (quadriceps), fullback Marcel Reece (quadriceps), cornerback Carlos Rogers (knee) and defensive end Justin Tuck (knee) are questionable.<!--PSTYLE=PBRK_BreakHed-->Troubling news<!--PSTYLE=PTXT_BodyTxt-->Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown, Pa., will always be synonymous with Pettine and his family. His father, Mike Pettine Sr., established a football powerhouse at the school with a record of 327-42-4 from 1967-1999. The younger Pettine played for his father and later coached with him at C.B. West. Two other Browns coaches, defensive coordinator Jim O&#8217;Neil and linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach, are also C.B. West products.So the Pettines were disturbed when officials recently canceled C.B. West&#8217;s final two games this season amid allegations of players subjecting each other to humiliating and inappropriate initiation rites.&#8220;I don&#8217;t know all the details, but it&#8217;s unfortunate. If what it is, is true, there&#8217;s obviously no place for that,&#8221; Pettine said Friday. &#8220;As an alumni, I can speak for all of us that it is an unfortunate thing. Bucks County Pennsylvania and Doylestown is a great place to grow up. It&#8217;s a great place to raise a family, and to have a negative light cast on it is an unfortunate thing.&#8221;Pettine Sr. told the Intelligencer, &#8220;It&#8217;s a kick in the gut. ... Whether it&#8217;s fair or not, the C.B. guys past and present are feeling the fallout.&#8221;<!--PSTYLE=PTAG_Tagline-->Nate Ulrich can be reached at nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Browns blog at www.ohio.com/browns. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NateUlrichABJ and on Facebook www.facebook.com/abj.sports. Akron Beacon Journal
    2014-10-24 Browns notebook: No Johnny drama with Manziel as he learns from Brian Hoyer: ‘I’m just staying in my own lane trying to get better’ - <!--PSTYLE=PTXT_Dateline-->BEREA: The Browns believe rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is benefiting from serving as a backup this season party because he has an opportunity to watch Brian Hoyer and learn lessons about leading on the professional level.<!--PSTYLE=PTXT_BodyTxt-->So in the aftermath of a 24-6 loss to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars, Manziel took note as Hoyer worked relentlessly in an effort to bounce back after his worst performance as an NFL starter and seize command of the team. The Browns (3-3) will host the Oakland Raiders (0-6) at 4:25 p.m. Sunday.&#8220;When we see him here, he&#8217;s working on trying to get better, going back and looking over everything that happened, and he obviously let all of the offense know in a meeting, he doesn&#8217;t want to feel like that again,&#8221; Manziel said Friday after practice. &#8220;He doesn&#8217;t want to be down like that, so he&#8217;s made strides to try and make sure that doesn&#8217;t happen again.&#8221;Browns coach Mike Pettine declared Monday that &#8220;Brian is still firmly our starter,&#8221; but many outsiders wonder whether Manziel&#8217;s chance to play will come sooner than later if Hoyer doesn&#8217;t rebound. Either way, Manziel, the 22nd overall pick in this year&#8217;s draft, repeatedly downplayed any eagerness he has to play.&#8220;I&#8217;m still just playing my role what these coaches have for me, so I don&#8217;t think it&#8217;s any eagerness or urgency or anything,&#8221; he said. &#8220;If the time down the road comes where it&#8217;s my time to get in the game plan, then when that chance is, I think I need to capitalize on those moments.&#8221;Asked if he&#8217;s itching to play, Manziel said, &#8220;I don&#8217;t really know if that&#8217;s my role right now. I&#8217;m just staying in my own lane trying to get better.&#8221;His role is to be the No. 2 quarterback, and creating drama isn&#8217;t part of the job description.&#8220;I think there&#8217;s been enough drama around me and my life for a couple of years now,&#8221; Manziel said. &#8220;So for me, I know whenever camp was over and we got into the roles of who was going to play what role, Brian was named the starter and I was named the backup and now I need to play my role of being the backup and that&#8217;s that.&#8221;Of course, Hoyer isn&#8217;t the only pro athlete who has an influence on Manziel. He reconnected with friend and business partner LeBron James when he attended the Cavaliers&#8217; preseason game Oct. 17 against the Dallas Mavericks at Quicken Loans Arena.&#8220;As busy as he is, as busy as I am, with this new schedule for me, everything&#8217;s really new, but he&#8217;s done a great job -- which I&#8217;m thankful for -- of kind of checking in on me and making sure things are good,&#8221; Manziel said. &#8220;I&#8217;ve gone out to his house a couple of times and gotten a chance to just get away and relax and then went to the game the other day and got a chance to talk to him there. So we&#8217;ve stayed in frequent contact, and I felt like when I came here ... it would be good for me to utilize LeBron and try and just be around him a little bit and get a chance to see how an athlete like that goes throughout everything in his life. It&#8217;s nuts.&#8221;<!--PSTYLE=PBRK_BreakHed-->Behind the scenes<!--PSTYLE=PTXT_BodyTxt-->When Andrew Hawkins isn&#8217;t making plays for the Browns as their leading receiving this season, he&#8217;s showing off his talent for sketch comedy.Hawkins has generated significant interest for a video he posted Tuesday on Instagram.&#8220;A lot of feedback,&#8221; Hawkins said Friday. &#8220;It kind of went a little viral on me. I didn&#8217;t expect that kind of response, but it&#8217;s cool.&#8221;In the video, Hawkins asks his 2-year-old son, Austin, &#8220;Who&#8217;s your favorite player?&#8221;Looking up and into the camera, Austin says, &#8220;Sanu and A.J.,&#8221; referring to Hawkins&#8217; former teammates and Cincinnati Bengals receivers Mohamed Sanu and A.J. Green.Hawkins immediately opens the front door to his house, lifts his son, puts him down outside, tosses a piece of luggage outdoors and slams the door. Then Hawkins leans against the closed door and says, &#8220;Good luck.&#8221;Hawkins kept the joke going Friday.&#8220;It&#8217;s an all-Browns house, man,&#8221; he said. &#8220;Very low tolerance for treason in my house.&#8221;Asked if Austin has been allowed back in the house, Hawkins quipped, &#8220;We&#8217;re still working on that. I&#8217;m waiting on a phone call. I need an official apology. But, yeah, he&#8217;s been back in the house.&#8221;Hawkins spent the past three seasons with the Bengals before the Browns lured him away as a restricted free agent in March. The Bengals declined to match the four-year, $13.6 million offer sheet Hawkins signed with the Browns.Seven months later, Hawkins is still trying to get Austin to assimilate.&#8220;It&#8217;s hard to get him out of that Cincinnati mindset,&#8221; Hawkins said.From time to time, Austin will wear Bengals gear.&#8220;Every once in a while he has some relapses,&#8221; said Hawkins, who has a team-high 29 catches for 382 yards. &#8220;But we&#8217;re a work in progress.&#8220;We&#8217;re pulling him over [to the Browns]. He&#8217;s a big Brian Hoyer fan. Johnny Manziel, he calls him John. [Offensive lineman John] Greco is known as Jodi&#8217;s husband &#8216;cause he knows John Greco&#8217;s wife. Slowly he&#8217;s starting to learn the players and getting more familiar with the Browns.&#8221;Even though Austin has yet to fully commit to Cleveland&#8217;s side of the Battle of Ohio, Hawkins couldn&#8217;t be more proud of his co-star.&#8220;I always put videos up of us,&#8221; Hawkins said. &#8220;I have a great time with my son. That&#8217;s my best friend.&#8220;He has such a good personality. I&#8217;m excited to watch him grow. I&#8217;m a new dad, but it&#8217;s the coolest thing I have going for myself, honestly.&#8221;And Hawkins isn&#8217;t shy about documenting the fun he has with his son.&#8220;I was actually taking him to Dave and Buster&#8217;s,&#8221; Hawkins said. &#8220;I just thought it would be funny, so we quickly shot it in about three minutes. He had no idea what was going on. Actually when I threw the luggage outside, he said, &#8216;Oh, thanks, Daddy.&#8217; He grabbed the luggage and went and met my wife at the car. So he didn&#8217;t know what was going on, but it turned out pretty cool.&#8221;<!--PSTYLE=PBRK_BreakHed-->Top-secret information<!--PSTYLE=PTXT_BodyTxt-->Pettine said the coaching staff has chosen its starting center and starting right guard for Sunday, but he wouldn&#8217;t reveal the plans for the lineup.&#8220;We feel good about it, though,&#8221; he said.John Greco started at center this past weekend against the Jaguars in place of Pro Bowler Alex Mack, who suffered a season-ending broken left fibula last week in a 31-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Paul McQuistan started in Greco&#8217;s usual spot at right guard.The offensive line, however, struggled mightily against the Jaguars, so it wouldn&#8217;t be surprising if changes were made. On Wednesday and Thursday, Greco said he expected to start against the Raiders. On Friday, he insisted the coaching staff hadn&#8217;t told him where he would play. &#8220;I took a lot of right guard reps this week,&#8221; Greco said. ... &#8220;I think we did a good mix of going back and forth [between center and right guard].&#8221;Nick McDonald&#8217;s status will likely be the deciding factor. He could start at center if the team deems him healthy enough to play coming off a broken wrist. ESPN&#8217;s Adam Caplan reported he&#8217;s been told McDonald is ready to play.If McDonald were activated from the non-football injury list Saturday, Greco would slide back to right guard. If not, Greco would stay at center. In that case, McQuistan could start again or be replaced by Vinston Painter.<!--PSTYLE=PBRK_BreakHed-->Injury updates<!--PSTYLE=PTXT_BodyTxt-->Starting nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) has missed the past two games, but he&#8217;s listed as probable for Sunday after fully participating in practice Friday.&#8220;He&#8217;s had a good week,&#8221; Pettine said. &#8220;He feels good. He&#8217;s been cleared. We obviously feel real good about it.&#8221;Backup safety and punt returner Jim Leonhard (ankle) is listed as questionable after suffering an injury Thursday during practice.&#8220;Knowing him, if you had to bet, I&#8217;d bet on him being able to go,&#8221; Pettine said.Backup defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps) is listed as questionable. He missed the past two games. Undrafted rookie nickel cornerback K&#8217;Waun Williams (concussion) is probable after sitting out this past weekend.Starting defensive lineman Phil Taylor (arthroscopic knee surgery Oct. 8) and backup wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring) have been ruled out.The Raiders ruled out tight end David Ausberry (foot), wide receiver Vincent Brown (hamstring), cornerback Keith McGill (groin), defensive end LaMarr Woodley (bicep) and safety Usama Young (knee). Offensive lineman Khalif Barnes (quadriceps), fullback Marcel Reece (quadriceps), cornerback Carlos Rogers (knee) and defensive end Justin Tuck (knee) are questionable.<!--PSTYLE=PBRK_BreakHed-->Troubling news<!--PSTYLE=PTXT_BodyTxt-->Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown, Pa., will always be synonymous with Pettine and his family. His father, Mike Pettine Sr., established a football powerhouse at the school with a record of 327-42-4 from 1967-1999. The younger Pettine played for his father and later coached with him at C.B. West. Two other Browns coaches, defensive coordinator Jim O&#8217;Neil and linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach, are also C.B. West products.So the Pettines were disturbed when officials recently canceled C.B. West&#8217;s final two games this season amid allegations of players subjecting each other to humiliating and inappropriate initiation rites.&#8220;I don&#8217;t know all the details, but it&#8217;s unfortunate. If what it is, is true, there&#8217;s obviously no place for that,&#8221; Pettine said Friday. &#8220;As an alumni, I can speak for all of us that it is an unfortunate thing. Bucks County Pennsylvania and Doylestown is a great place to grow up. It&#8217;s a great place to raise a family, and to have a negative light cast on it is an unfortunate thing.&#8221;Pettine Sr. told the Intelligencer, &#8220;It&#8217;s a kick in the gut. ... Whether it&#8217;s fair or not, the C.B. guys past and present are feeling the fallout.&#8221;<!--PSTYLE=PTAG_Tagline-->Nate Ulrich can be reached at nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Browns blog at www.ohio.com/browns. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NateUlrichABJ and on Facebook www.facebook.com/abj.sports. Akron Beacon Journal
    2014-10-24 Browns notebook: No Johnny drama with Manziel as he sits behind Brian Hoyer: ‘I’m just staying in my own lane trying to get better’ - <!--PSTYLE=PTXT_Dateline-->BEREA: The Browns believe rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is benefiting from serving as a backup this season party because he has an opportunity to watch Brian Hoyer and learn lessons about leading on the professional level.<!--PSTYLE=PTXT_BodyTxt-->So in the aftermath of a 24-6 loss to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars, Manziel took note as Hoyer worked relentlessly in an effort to bounce back after his worst performance as an NFL starter and seize command of the team. The Browns (3-3) will host the Oakland Raiders (0-6) at 4:25 p.m. Sunday.&#8220;When we see him here, he&#8217;s working on trying to get better, going back and looking over everything that happened, and he obviously let all of the offense know in a meeting, he doesn&#8217;t want to feel like that again,&#8221; Manziel said Friday after practice. &#8220;He doesn&#8217;t want to be down like that, so he&#8217;s made strides to try and make sure that doesn&#8217;t happen again.&#8221;Browns coach Mike Pettine declared Monday that &#8220;Brian is still firmly our starter,&#8221; but many outsiders wonder whether Manziel&#8217;s chance to play will come sooner than later if Hoyer doesn&#8217;t rebound. Either way, Manziel, the 22nd overall pick in this year&#8217;s draft, repeatedly downplayed any eagerness he has to play.&#8220;I&#8217;m still just playing my role what these coaches have for me, so I don&#8217;t think it&#8217;s any eagerness or urgency or anything,&#8221; he said. &#8220;If the time down the road comes where it&#8217;s my time to get in the game plan, then when that chance is, I think I need to capitalize on those moments.&#8221;Asked if he&#8217;s itching to play, Manziel said, &#8220;I don&#8217;t really know if that&#8217;s my role right now. I&#8217;m just staying in my own lane trying to get better.&#8221;His role is to be the No. 2 quarterback, and creating drama isn&#8217;t part of the job description.&#8220;I think there&#8217;s been enough drama around me and my life for a couple of years now,&#8221; Manziel said. &#8220;So for me, I know whenever camp was over and we got into the roles of who was going to play what role, Brian was named the starter and I was named the backup and now I need to play my role of being the backup and that&#8217;s that.&#8221;Of course, Hoyer isn&#8217;t the only pro athlete who has an influence on Manziel. He reconnected with friend and business partner LeBron James when he attended the Cavaliers&#8217; preseason game Oct. 17 against the Dallas Mavericks at Quicken Loans Arena.&#8220;As busy as he is, as busy as I am, with this new schedule for me, everything&#8217;s really new, but he&#8217;s done a great job -- which I&#8217;m thankful for -- of kind of checking in on me and making sure things are good,&#8221; Manziel said. &#8220;I&#8217;ve gone out to his house a couple of times and gotten a chance to just get away and relax and then went to the game the other day and got a chance to talk to him there. So we&#8217;ve stayed in frequent contact, and I felt like when I came here ... it would be good for me to utilize LeBron and try and just be around him a little bit and get a chance to see how an athlete like that goes throughout everything in his life. It&#8217;s nuts.&#8221;<!--PSTYLE=PBRK_BreakHed-->Behind the scenes<!--PSTYLE=PTXT_BodyTxt-->When Andrew Hawkins isn&#8217;t making plays for the Browns as their leading receiving this season, he&#8217;s showing off his talent for sketch comedy.Hawkins has generated significant interest for a video he posted Tuesday on Instagram.&#8220;A lot of feedback,&#8221; Hawkins said Friday. &#8220;It kind of went a little viral on me. I didn&#8217;t expect that kind of response, but it&#8217;s cool.&#8221;In the video, Hawkins asks his 2-year-old son, Austin, &#8220;Who&#8217;s your favorite player?&#8221;Looking up and into the camera, Austin says, &#8220;Sanu and A.J.,&#8221; referring to Hawkins&#8217; former teammates and Cincinnati Bengals receivers Mohamed Sanu and A.J. Green.Hawkins immediately opens the front door to his house, lifts his son, puts him down outside, tosses a piece of luggage outdoors and slams the door. Then Hawkins leans against the closed door and says, &#8220;Good luck.&#8221;Hawkins kept the joke going Friday.&#8220;It&#8217;s an all-Browns house, man,&#8221; he said. &#8220;Very low tolerance for treason in my house.&#8221;Asked if Austin has been allowed back in the house, Hawkins quipped, &#8220;We&#8217;re still working on that. I&#8217;m waiting on a phone call. I need an official apology. But, yeah, he&#8217;s been back in the house.&#8221;Hawkins spent the past three seasons with the Bengals before the Browns lured him away as a restricted free agent in March. The Bengals declined to match the four-year, $13.6 million offer sheet Hawkins signed with the Browns.Seven months later, Hawkins is still trying to get Austin to assimilate.&#8220;It&#8217;s hard to get him out of that Cincinnati mindset,&#8221; Hawkins said.From time to time, Austin will wear Bengals gear.&#8220;Every once in a while he has some relapses,&#8221; said Hawkins, who has a team-high 29 catches for 382 yards. &#8220;But we&#8217;re a work in progress.&#8220;We&#8217;re pulling him over [to the Browns]. He&#8217;s a big Brian Hoyer fan. Johnny Manziel, he calls him John. [Offensive lineman John] Greco is known as Jodi&#8217;s husband &#8216;cause he knows John Greco&#8217;s wife. Slowly he&#8217;s starting to learn the players and getting more familiar with the Browns.&#8221;Even though Austin has yet to fully commit to Cleveland&#8217;s side of the Battle of Ohio, Hawkins couldn&#8217;t be more proud of his co-star.&#8220;I always put videos up of us,&#8221; Hawkins said. &#8220;I have a great time with my son. That&#8217;s my best friend.&#8220;He has such a good personality. I&#8217;m excited to watch him grow. I&#8217;m a new dad, but it&#8217;s the coolest thing I have going for myself, honestly.&#8221;And Hawkins isn&#8217;t shy about documenting the fun he has with his son.&#8220;I was actually taking him to Dave and Buster&#8217;s,&#8221; Hawkins said. &#8220;I just thought it would be funny, so we quickly shot it in about three minutes. He had no idea what was going on. Actually when I threw the luggage outside, he said, &#8216;Oh, thanks, Daddy.&#8217; He grabbed the luggage and went and met my wife at the car. So he didn&#8217;t know what was going on, but it turned out pretty cool.&#8221;<!--PSTYLE=PBRK_BreakHed-->Top-secret information<!--PSTYLE=PTXT_BodyTxt-->Pettine said the coaching staff has chosen its starting center and starting right guard for Sunday, but he wouldn&#8217;t reveal the plans for the lineup.&#8220;We feel good about it, though,&#8221; he said.John Greco started at center this past weekend against the Jaguars in place of Pro Bowler Alex Mack, who suffered a season-ending broken left fibula last week in a 31-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Paul McQuistan started in Greco&#8217;s usual spot at right guard.The offensive line, however, struggled mightily against the Jaguars, so it wouldn&#8217;t be surprising if changes were made. On Wednesday and Thursday, Greco said he expected to start against the Raiders. On Friday, he insisted the coaching staff hadn&#8217;t told him where he would play. &#8220;I took a lot of right guard reps this week,&#8221; Greco said. ... &#8220;I think we did a good mix of going back and forth [between center and right guard].&#8221;Nick McDonald&#8217;s status will likely be the deciding factor. He could start at center if the team deems him healthy enough to play coming off a broken wrist. ESPN&#8217;s Adam Caplan reported he&#8217;s been told McDonald is ready to play.If McDonald were activated from the non-football injury list Saturday, Greco would slide back to right guard. If not, Greco would stay at center. In that case, McQuistan could start again or be replaced by Vinston Painter.<!--PSTYLE=PBRK_BreakHed-->Injury updates<!--PSTYLE=PTXT_BodyTxt-->Starting nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) has missed the past two games, but he&#8217;s listed as probable for Sunday after fully participating in practice Friday.&#8220;He&#8217;s had a good week,&#8221; Pettine said. &#8220;He feels good. He&#8217;s been cleared. We obviously feel real good about it.&#8221;Backup safety and punt returner Jim Leonhard (ankle) is listed as questionable after suffering an injury Thursday during practice.&#8220;Knowing him, if you had to bet, I&#8217;d bet on him being able to go,&#8221; Pettine said.Backup defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps) is listed as questionable. He missed the past two games. Undrafted rookie nickel cornerback K&#8217;Waun Williams (concussion) is probable after sitting out this past weekend.Starting defensive lineman Phil Taylor (arthroscopic knee surgery Oct. 8) and backup wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring) have been ruled out.The Raiders ruled out tight end David Ausberry (foot), wide receiver Vincent Brown (hamstring), cornerback Keith McGill (groin), defensive end LaMarr Woodley (bicep) and safety Usama Young (knee). Offensive lineman Khalif Barnes (quadriceps), fullback Marcel Reece (quadriceps), cornerback Carlos Rogers (knee) and defensive end Justin Tuck (knee) are questionable.<!--PSTYLE=PBRK_BreakHed-->Troubling news<!--PSTYLE=PTXT_BodyTxt-->Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown, Pa., will always be synonymous with Pettine and his family. His father, Mike Pettine Sr., established a football powerhouse at the school with a record of 327-42-4 from 1967-1999. The younger Pettine played for his father and later coached with him at C.B. West. Two other Browns coaches, defensive coordinator Jim O&#8217;Neil and linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach, are also C.B. West products.So the Pettines were disturbed when officials recently canceled C.B. West&#8217;s final two games this season amid allegations of players subjecting each other to humiliating and inappropriate initiation rites.&#8220;I don&#8217;t know all the details, but it&#8217;s unfortunate. If what it is, is true, there&#8217;s obviously no place for that,&#8221; Pettine said Friday. &#8220;As an alumni, I can speak for all of us that it is an unfortunate thing. Bucks County Pennsylvania and Doylestown is a great place to grow up. It&#8217;s a great place to raise a family, and to have a negative light cast on it is an unfortunate thing.&#8221;Pettine Sr. told the Intelligencer, &#8220;It&#8217;s a kick in the gut. ... Whether it&#8217;s fair or not, the C.B. guys past and present are feeling the fallout.&#8221;<!--PSTYLE=PTAG_Tagline-->Nate Ulrich can be reached at nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Browns blog at www.ohio.com/browns. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NateUlrichABJ and on Facebook www.facebook.com/abj.sports. Akron Beacon Journal
    2014-10-24 DJ Hayden "good to go" off PUP, game time decision vs Browns - Last week was the first week Raiders second year cornerback, D.J. Hayden was eligible to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list. He returned to practice during the week but was not activated for the game. Now he's been through his second week of practice which head coach Tony Sparano said Hayden's workload increased. But his status for the game in Cleveland Sunday is still unclear. "We'll see," Sparano said of Hayden's playing status. "We're going to go back in there, we're going to talk about it and see how he does here when we get down there and see where he is." "He's coming along good, no real issues injury wise, I mean with the injury or anything like that. Most of DJ's stuff has been from not playing and anything like that. So, just normal, everyday not playing soreness, but he's good to go." The Raiders currently are not desperate for his services at cornerback. Outside of Carlos Rogers' hurt knee, which Sparano says is not a concern, they are pretty healthy along with Tarell Brown, T.J. Carrie, Neiko Thorpe, and Chimdi Chekwa. One possible scenario would be activating Hayden as fourth string dime back this week. The Raiders will be putting Usama Young on injured reserve so a roster spot will be open. Neiko Thorpe has experience as a safety so he can be the fourth option there behind Charles Woodson, Brandian Ross, and Jonathan Dowling. Follow @LeviDamien <!-- !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); // --> Silver And Black Pride
    2014-10-24 #Raiders #Browns injury report: Khalif Barnes questionable, Vincent Brown OUT http://t.co/jjdFRcXGys - None twitter
    2014-10-24 Khalif Barnes questionable, Vincent Brown OUT on Raiders, Browns injury report - The final Friday injury reports are out for both the Raiders and Browns. Here's what they look like: Oakland Raiders Practice report Game Pos Player Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Status TE David Ausberry Foot Did not part. Did not part. Did not part. Out T/G Khalif Barnes Quad Limited Limited Limited Questionable WR Vincent Brown Hamstring Limited Limited Did not part. Out G Austin Howard Neck Limited Full Full Probable CB Keith McGill Groin Did not part. Did not part. Did not part. Out FB Marcel Reece Quad Limited Limited Limited Questionable CB Carlos Rogers Knee Did not part. Limited Limited Questionable DE Justin Tuck Knee Limited Limited Did not part. Questionable DE LaMarr Woodley Biceps Did not part. Did not part. Did not part. Out S Usama Young Knee Did not part. Did not part. Did not part. Out Cleveland Browns Practice report Game Pos Player Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Status DL Desmond Bryant Wrist Full Full Full Probable LB Barkevious Mingo Shoulder Full Full Full Probable DL Ahytba Rubin Ankle Limited Limited Full Probable WR Rodney Smith Hamstring Did not part. Did not part. Did not part. Out DL Phil Taylor Knee Did not part. Did not part. Did not part. Out OL Joe Thomas Not injury related/Rest Did not part. Full Full Will Play DB K'Waun Williams Concussion Limited Full Full Probable DL Billy Winn Quad Did not part. Limited Limited Questionable DB Jim Leonard Ankle (not listed) (not listed) Did not part. Questionable Silver And Black Pride
    2014-10-24 Injury report for Browns vs. Raiders (Week 8) - Browns Out: Wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring) and defensive lineman Phil Taylor (arthroscopic knee surgery Oct. 8). Questionable: Defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps) and safety Jim Leonhard (ankle). Probable: Defensive end Desmond Bryant (wrist), outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and cornerback K'Waun Williams (concussion). Raiders Out: Tight end David Ausberry (foot), wide receiver Vincent Brown (hamstring), cornerback Keith McGill (groin), defensive end LaMarr Woodley (bicep) and safety Usama Young (knee). Questionable: Offensive lineman Khalif Barnes (quadriceps), fullback Marcel Reece (quadriceps), cornerback Carlos Rogers (knee) and defensive end Justin Tuck (knee). Probable: Guard Austin Howard (neck). Akron Beacon Journal
    2014-10-24 Injury Report: 4 Key Injuries For Raiders Defense This Week - The last thing the 2014 Oakland Raiders need is more injuries to their defense, but that's what they get this week as they prepare to play the Cleveland Browns Sunday on the road. If the Silver &#38; Black can't stop anyone's offense, they'll never win a game this year. CBS Local
    2014-10-24 Injury Report: 4 Key Injuries For Raiders Defense This Week - The last thing the 2014 Oakland Raiders need is more injuries to their defense, but that's what they get this week as they prepare to play the Cleveland Browns Sunday on the road. If the Silver &#38; Black can't stop anyone's offense, they'll never win a game this year. CBS Local
    2014-10-24 Injury Report: 4 Key Injuries For Raiders Defense This Week - The last thing the 2014 Oakland Raiders need is more injuries to their defense, but that's what they get this week as they prepare to play the Cleveland Browns Sunday on the road. If the Silver &#38; Black can't stop anyone's offense, they'll never win a game this year. CBS Local
    2014-10-24 RaiderDamus' Friday Foretelling: Raiders vs. Browns - What does the Great Beyond have to say about the upcoming game in Cleveland? Greetings, Raider fans! It is I, RaiderDamus, who nearly fought the Dragon of Angnor, who nearly stood up to the vicious Chicken of Bristol, and who personally wet myself at the Battle of Badon Hill. I come to you today having accurately predicted the Raiders' loss to Arizona, although I predicted a ten-point loss when, in fact, Oakland lost by eleven. So I'm not perfect. However, this is another week and I've once again consulted the Great Beyond to reveal to myself and all of us just what will transpire on Sunday in Cleveland. "Oh, you're back. I see the Raiders are playing the Browns this week. That gives me an opportunity to do one of my favorite things; rip on Cleveland. You see, there's no more cursed place in America than Cleveland. It has ripped the heart and soul out of many a fan who would otherwise have happiness in their life. They would achieve this happiness, naturally, by moving away from Ohio. No professional sports team in Cleveland has won a title since 1948, when the Indians defeated the Boston Braves in the World Series. Their best chance to win another title was 1988, when Browns RB Earnest Byner fumbled on the 1-yard line trying to tie the AFC Championship Game against John "I'm A Hoers" Elway and his Denver Broncos. The Broncos would win the AFC but get crushed by Doug Williams and the Redskins. Another chance to win a title came in 1995, when the Indians had one goddamn job, which was to make sure that Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux and their Magical Expanding Strike Zone would NEVER win a World Series title. They, of course, failed at this and the Braves won. Everybody groaned. Stupid Cleveland. Yet another chance to win a title came in 2007, when LeBron James and nobody else in particular faced off with the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. The Cavs had a chance to end the Spurs' run of boring basketball play that has set the sport back some fifty years, but instead got swept four games to nil. James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving headline this year's Cavaliers squad, which will probably also lose to the Spurs in the Finals because basketball is stupid. It's remarkable that I have reached this far in deriding Cleveland without mentioning that in 1969 the Cuyahoga River, which runs directly through Cleveland on its way to Lake Erie, caught fire. Yes, you read that correctly. Cleveland once treated a body of water with such disdain and neglect that it caught fire, which technically is the opposite of water. At the time, the stretch of river connecting Akron to Cleveland was so polluted that it was utterly devoid of fish. Even marine life wants nothing to do with Cleveland. Cleveland is also notable for being the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is a complete misnomer. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame includes Madonna, who does not play rock and roll, as well as the Dave Clark Five, who are not famous. The RRHOF also does not include Journey, Deep Purple, Yes, Black Flag, or Iron Maiden. It should really just be the "Hall of Bands Rich People Listened To As Kids". On to the Browns themselves, who have made performance art out of disappointment. The Browns have fans almost as dedicated and longsuffering as Raiders fans, so respect to those folks. However, the Browns' mascot is a bulldog, which really has nothing to do with the color brown, and their helmet is orange, which is also not brown. I understand the team is named after Paul Brown, but for goodness' sakes, make an effort. The Browns' mascot should just be a turd, as it represents the Browns brand succinctly. The Browns actually have a good defense featuring middle linebacker Karlos Dansby and corners Joe Haden and Buster Skrine along with safety Donte Whitner, and they had a passing game until Josh Gordon smoked some wacky tabacky and then, after being in trouble for that with the NFL, hung around some other people who smoked weed. Secondhand weed is a thing, dude. Time to get some new friends. Now the Browns' passing game consists of Brian Hoyer trying not to fall over while he chucks the ball to the Browns' wideouts, of whom only Travis Benjamin is worth a damn. The Browns run a lot, with a talented stable of backs including Ben Tate, Terrance West, and Isaiah Crowell, who is notable for having been kicked off the Georgia Bulldogs football team. Let me tell you, it is damn hard to get kicked off a Mark Richt team. He puts up with just about anything. If Crowell would have just taken money for autographs instead of carrying around a loaded gun without registration, he'd have been a first round draft pick. In this game, the Browns will run the ball and the Raiders will probably look surprised. "Running the ball?" they will say. "Is that allowed?" They will probably look at the ref for some sort of answer while Ben Tate runs right past them. "I don't remember seeing this on film," they will mutter to themselves as the Browns celebrate in the end zone. You see folks, in order to stop the run, a team needs effective defensive tackles and a middle linebacker. The Raiders have none of those things, and Miles Burris does not count. I'm pretty sure he holds his playbook upside down when he studies it. You'd think one of the coaches would help him out, but Burris is a proud, independent black woman who don't need no man. I expect this game to look an awful lot like the Cardinals game. Browns win, 27-13. Silver And Black Pride
    2014-10-24 Raiders vs Browns fantasy start, sit, sleepers - Start Ben Tate With exception to Khalil Mack and Sio Moore, the Raiders run defense has been atrocious. They have given up the third most points to opposing runningbacks. Tate has played well since returning from an injury that kept him on the sideline multiple weeks. He has scored 13, 19, and 4 points since returning. Even with Alex Mack out for the season, the Browns still have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL so expect Tate to have a big game. Andrew Hawkins The Raiders secondary was already bad to start the season. Now they are in big trouble with Tyvon Branch and Usama Young out. While T.J. Carrie has been a bright spot, Tarell Brown has played poorly this season. Hawkins scored 17 points last week against the Jaguars, I think he will be in the 13-15 range this week against a beat up Raiders secondary. Jordan Cameron While Cameron only had 1.5 points last week, he should have had a touchdown but Brian Hoyer delivered a terrible throw. while Cameron hasn't been featured in the Browns offense as often as many thought, I think that will change this week after the Browns only scored 6 points against the Jaguars. And with Miles Burris struggling at middle linebacker, Cameron could see some open chances over the middle. I would take a chance on the talented tight end. Darren McFadden Get used to starting DMAC because he has been on a roll. The past five weeks, McFadden has totaled 15, 11, 11, 11, and 16 points. He had 17 touches last week and is seeing more under Sparano than he was with Dennis Allen. And like last week against the Cardinals, the Browns star secondary may force the Raiders to give McFadden a few extra carries. Cleveland Browns defense The Browns have one of the best defensive secondaries in the NFL. They have recorded an interception every week, and had three last Sunday against the Jaguars. Yes, Derek Carr has looked great this season. But he is still a rookie and even the Browns can turn even the slightest rookie mistake into an interception. Sit James Jones Yes he is Derek Carr's favorite target. Yes he leads the team in receiving yards and receptions. Yes, he will likely be covered by one of the NFL's best cornerbacks, Joe Haden. Jones has great hands and run crisp routes, but he does not have the explosiveness or size to beat Haden often. There is always a chance Jones plays great against Haden, but it's more likely that Haden shuts the veteran receiver down. Oakland Raiders defense Every week it's the same story with this bunch. They don't make enough sacks and turnovers to generate fantasy points. They also give up a ton of points and are plagued all around with injuries. On top of that, Jason Tarver is a complete moron. Generally when the Cardinals check down to Andre Ellington a ton, you would think he would adjust the defense to cover it. Sleepers Derek Carr After a phenomenal game against the San Diego Chargers in which he scored 28 points, Carr took a step back last week only scoring 6. I like the matchup because Carr has improved and so have the Raiders weapons, but I hate the matchup because the Browns have a great secondary led by Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden. You may be better off rolling the dice if Carr is on your roster. Brian Hoyer Like Carr, Hoyer has been inconsistent in racking up fantasy points. He has scored 21, 12, and 1.5 the past three weeks. The bad news is that he has been declining. The good news is he is playing against a struggling and injured secondary. This is a toss-up because both factors negate each other. He could have a great game, but he could also struggle mightily like last week. Isaiah Crowell The only reason Crowell is a sleeper instead of a starter is because he is the Browns second string runningback behind Ben Tate. But he has been seeing more carries, and he wil have a chance for some big plays as the Raiders defense has given up the third most points to opposing runningbacks. Follow @TylerGreenSB <!-- !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); // --> Silver And Black Pride
    2014-10-24 Oakland Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns: Complete Week 7 Preview for Oakland - Injury statuses taken from CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair. McGill and Ausberry are both likely out again this week, but their absences won't be felt as neither has been a factor this season. This could also signal the end of Ausberry's time in Oakland. At this point, there doesn't seem to be any sense in holding on to a player who has proven he can't stay healthy. Young and Woodley were both lost for the season in the game against the Cardinals. Young had struggled at times this season, but he had begun to develop a nice rhythm alongside Charles Woodson. He'll be replaced in the starting lineup by Brandian Ross, who the Raiders cut prior to the season. Woodley is also out, but given how poorly he's played, his absence could be addition by subtraction. Brought in to bolster the pass rush, his season will end with him failing to record a single sack. He'll be replaced by Benson Mayowa this Sunday. Whether the second-year man can produce better results remains to be seen, but with how poorly Woodley played, giving another player a chance to make an impact can only help the defense. Reece, Tuck and Brown all missed last week's game, and they've all been limited in practice this week. All three are looking like game-time decisions at this point. Brown is buried on the Oakland wide receiver depth chart, but Reece and Tuck are key components of the Oakland game plan. If Reece and Tuck can't go, they'll once again be replaced by Jamize Olawale and C.J. Wilson, respectively. Barnes is set to return to action, but for now it seems like he's lost his starting spot to Menelik Watson. Barnes has played well, but the coaches have seen enough from Watson to let him stay at right tackle. The plan was always for Watson to start and for Barnes, who can play every spot on the offensive line, to be available in reserve. Watson's improved play will allow this to happen. Howard has been a key part of the offensive line, which has arguably been Oakland's best unit this season. He'll be at his right guard spot on Sunday. B/R - Oakland Raiders
    2014-10-24 Matchups: Silva's Week 8 Matchups - Evan Silva breaks down every fantasy option in every Week 8 game. Fantasy Football Articles - Rotoworld.com
    2014-10-24 Raiders’ James Jones wants wins and passes to come his way - Jones, who played the first seven years of his career with the Packers, signed here in part because he wanted to prove to everybody that he is a top-flight, No. 1 receiver. Besides the losses, the former San Jose State standout’s homecoming is not going as planned. Jones leads Oakland with 30 receptions and 363 yards and is tied with Andre Holmes with three touchdowns, but he has been up and down the top of the depth chart all season and has started three of six games. There were whispers he lost a step back at training camp, and now that he is not a great practice player. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said there is no clear-cut No. 1 receiver in his mind. At one point recently, rookie quarterback Derek Carr gave Moore a pep talk and told him to keep running his routes fast. Which leaves former Charger Vincent Brown, battling a hamstring injury the last few weeks, and Thompkins, whose speed Olson and interim coach Tony Sparano love. Jones caught 14 touchdowns with the Packers in 2012 and had a career-high 817 yards last season. Olson said the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Jones doesn’t need to beat defensive backs downfield to make catches. San Francisco Chronicle
    2014-10-24 Silva's Week 8 Matchups (Rotoworld) - Evan Silva breaks down every fantasy option in every Week 8 game. Yahoo Sports - New York Jets
    2014-10-23 Carlos Rogers returns, Austin Howard upgraded on Raiders, Browns injury report - Not a lot changed on the injury front for the Raiders today. But among those things that did change, were good news. Carlos Rogers was held out of practice on Wednesday with a hurt knee and he returned to practice yesterday just as Tony Sparano said he would. Austin Howard was limited in practice Wednesday with a neck injury and he was upgraded to practicing full. The Browns got good news too, with K'Waun Williams practicing full from a concussion and Billy Winn returning to practice from his injured quad. Here are the complete Thursday injury reports: Oakland Raiders Practice report Game Pos Player Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Status TE David Ausberry Foot Did not part. Did not part. T/G Khalif Barnes Quad Limited Limited WR Vincent Brown Hamstring Limited Limited G Austin Howard Neck Limited Full CB Keith McGill Groin Did not part. Did not part. FB Marcel Reece Quad Limited Limited CB Carlos Rogers Knee Did not part. Limited DE Justin Tuck Knee Limited Limited DE LaMarr Woodley Biceps Did not part. Did not part. S Usama Young Knee Did not part. Did not part. Cleveland Browns Practice report Game Pos Player Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Status DL Desmond Bryant Wrist Full Full LB Barkevious Mingo Shoulder Full Full DL Ahytba Rubin Ankle Limited Limited WR Rodney Smith Hamstring Did not part. Did not part. DL Phil Taylor Knee Did not part. Did not part. OL Joe Thomas Not injury related/Rest Did not part. Full DB K'Waun Williams Concussion Limited Full DL Billy Winn Quad Did not part. Limited Follow @LeviDamien <!-- !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); // --> Silver And Black Pride
    2014-10-23 Raiders injury update: Woodley will be out 'long term' - The Raiders are expected to announce that Lamarr Woodley will be placed on season-ending injured reserve before Sunday’s game at the Cleveland Browns. CSN Bay Area
    2014-10-23 Unselfish Cardinals have big receiving corps (The Associated Press) - Nine players caught passes for the Arizona Cardinals in their win over the Oakland Raiders. Carson Palmer doesn't have to force it into any particular receiver, just look around and find another one that's open. We're loaded at the skill positions,'' offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. Spreading the ball around, that's a good thing.'' There are wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown, Jarron Brown and Ted Ginn Jr. There are tight ends John Carlson and Rob Housler. Yahoo Sports - Arizona Cardinals
    2014-10-23 Raiders injury update: Hayden's activity increases - D.J. Hayden has yet to play this season, but Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano said there is a "possibility" he could play vs. the Browns. CSN Bay Area
    2014-10-23 Coach Sparano: "Our effort was really good out there" - Head Coach Tony Sparano spoke to the media after Wednesday's practice and discussed injuries, preparing for the Browns and much more. Oakland Raiders
    2014-10-23 Austin Howard has neck injury, limited on Raiders, Browns Wednesday injury report - The injury reports for both the Raiders and Browns are out. They read as follows: Oakland Raiders Practice report Game Pos Player Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Status TE David Ausberry Foot Did not part. T/G Khalif Barnes Quad Limited WR Vincent Brown Hamstring Limited G Austin Howard Neck Limited CB Keith McGill Groin Did not part. FB Marcel Reece Quad Limited CB Carlos Rogers Knee Did not part. DE Justin Tuck Knee Limited DE LaMarr Woodley Bicep Did not part. S Usama Young Knee Did not part. Cleveland Browns Practice report Game Pos Player Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Status DL Desmond Bryant Wrist Full LB Barkevious Mingo Shoulder Full DL Ahytba Rubin Ankle Limited WR Rodney Smith Hamstring Did not part. DL Phil Taylor Knee Did not part. OL Joe Thomas Not injury related/Rest Did not part. DB K'Waun Williams Concussion Limited DL Billy Winn Quad Did not part. Silver And Black Pride
    2014-10-22 LaMarr Woodley, Carlos Rogers miss practice, Vincent Brown returns #Raiders http://t.co/DaB8vtUjPt - None twitter
    2014-10-22 LaMarr Woodley, Carlos Rogers miss practice, Vincent Brown returns - The Raiders were back to work today for their first week of practice preparing for their match-up with the Browns in Cleveland Sunday. But two players didn't return to practice with them according to media present at practice -- Lamarr Woodley and Carlos Rogers. Woodley left Sunday's game against the Cardinals in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury. It appeared to be his right arm but the specific injury has not been revealed yet. Carlos Rogers was seen doing light work but not practicing with his teammates. His situation is also not yet known. Returning to practice for the first time in nearly two weeks was wide receiver Vincent Brown. He left practice the Friday before he was to face the Chargers -- his former team -- with a hamstring injury. He also missed last week against the Cardinals. Those players who missed Sunday's game but returned to practice Wednesday were Justin Tuck (knee), Marcel Reece (quad), and Khalif Barnes (quad). They had all missed the first two practices last week, returned to practiced limited last Friday, and were officially questionable heading into the game. Follow @LeviDamien <!-- !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); // --> Silver And Black Pride
    2014-10-22 Vincent Brown is back to work today as well. - None twitter
    2014-10-22 Porn Star on Sebastian Janikowski Rapping to Nelly & Setting Car on Fire (Video) - I wasn’t familiar with Brooke Haven’s work so I did some ummmmm research. I can see was Seabass might have a good time with her. Brooke courtesy of Larry Brown Sports breaks down one humorous story between her and Seabass. “We were driving one time in the Navigator, I was driving, and he was smoking a cigarette outside the window or something,” she explained. “He was hanging out singing Nelly, and all of a sudden the next thing you know the inside of the car’s on fire. He dropped the cigarette down into the side panel of the door and all these papers are on fire. He takes them, throws them all out the window and says, ‘F— it. Keep going.’ And that was it.” Stuff like that happens to me all the time. Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Porn Star Brooke Haven — I’ve Got a Crazy Story About an NFL Star … – Watch More Celebrity Videos or Subscribe YardBarker
    2014-10-22 Porn Star on Sebastian Janikowski Rapping to Nelly & Setting Car on Fire (Video) - I wasn’t familiar with Brooke Haven’s work so I did some ummmmm research. I can see was Seabass might have a good time with her. Brooke courtesy of Larry Brown Sports breaks down one humorous story between her and Seabass. “We were driving one time in the Navigator, I was driving, and he was smoking a cigarette outside the window or something,” she explained. “He was hanging out singing Nelly, and all of a sudden the next thing you know the inside of the car’s on fire. He dropped the cigarette down into the side panel of the door and all these papers are on fire. He takes them, throws them all out the window and says, ‘F— it. Keep going.’ And that was it.” Stuff like that happens to me all the time. Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Porn Star Brooke Haven — I’ve Got a Crazy Story About an NFL Star … – Watch More Celebrity Videos or Subscribe YardBarker
    2014-10-21 Targets and Touches: Week 7 Target Watch: AFC - Chet Gresham takes you through the Targets and Touches from Week 7 of the AFC. Fantasy Football Articles - Rotoworld.com
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