Raiders WR Michael Crabtree Has Suspension Reduced to One Game

Oakland receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver cornerback Aqib Talib had their two-game suspensions reduced to one game after appeal hearings on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

Derrick Brooks heard Crabtree’s case and James Thrash heard Talib’s appeal, and both decided to reduce the two-game bans issued Monday by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan.

The fight during Oakland’s 21-14 win on Sunday was a continuation of a dispute that started last season when Talib ripped Crabtree’s chain off during the season finale. Crabtree missed the first game between the teams this year but didn’t wait long to seek revenge.

Crabtree punched Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. while blocking him on the first play of Oakland’s second drive. He then aggressively blocked Talib on a running play and drove him to the ground on the Broncos’ sideline on the following play, starting the brawl.

Talib once again ripped Crabtree’s chain off his neck. He also took Crabtree’s helmet off and threw it, as well as exchanging punches with Crabtree.

“This did appear to be premeditated,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said earlier in the day. “It happened three minutes into the game. There’s a history there. It was prolonged. … Importantly, it put other people at risk. Sideline personnel. League personnel.”

Sebastian Janikowski’s Time with the Raiders May Be Over

Sebastian Janikowski’s season officially ended Tuesday, and time will tell if it’s the end of an era as well, Jerry McDonald of Bayareanewsgroup reports.

When the Raiders started the clock on cornerback Antonio Hamilton off injured reserve, it meant remaining players on I.R. — Janikowski and guard Denver Kirkland — would remain there for the rest of the season.

The Raiders have two weeks to activate Hamilton, but can’t bring another player off injured reserve, having already brought back Obi Melifonwu. Each team can bring two players off injured reserve during a season.

Janikowski, 39, is in the final year of a renegotiated contract that pays him $3 million this season. He agreed to a salary reduction from just over $4 million just before he went on injured reserve with a back injury.

A first-round draft pick (No. 17 overall) by Al Davis in 2000, Janikowski is the Raiders all-time leader in games played with 268, in points scored with 1,799 and has an NFL record 55 field goals of 55 yards or more.

Whether the Raiders would want Janikowski back in 2018 or if Janikowski would want to return remains to be seen.

Video: Raiders OL Donald Penn Confronts Fan Following 30-17 Home Loss to Baltimore

It was a rough day for the Raiders, as they were soundly beaten at home by the Baltimore Ravens 30-17 with Derek Carr watching on the bench.

There was even more fireworks with Oakland fans after the game, as the video below shows offensive lineman Donald Penn getting out of his car to confront a fan or fans that was shouting something to him.

Here’s the video, and you can see the situation as it unfolded in the one minute video.

Raiders at Titans NFL Week One Inactives

The Raiders have declared CB Gareon Conley, QB Connor Cook, DT Darius Latham, S Keith McGill, FB Jamize Olawale, OT David Sharpe, OT Jylan Ware inactive for Week 1.

The Tennessee Titans have declared LB Josh Carraway, LB Kevin Dodd, DL David King, OL Corey Levin, LB Nate Palmer, S Curtis Riley, CB LeShaun Sims inactive for Week 1.

Raiders fall to Cowboys 24 – 20 in 3rd preseason game

The Oakland Raiders fell to the Dallas Cowboys in their third preseason game on the 2017 NFL season, dropping their preseason record to 0-3.  The Raiders will complete the preseason on Thursday Aug 31, as the battle the Seattle Seahawks in Oakland.

Oakland QB Derek Carr looked good, going 13 of 17 for 144 yards and 2 TD passes, one a 17 yard pass to  Cordarrelle Patterson and a second 48 yard TD throw to Amari Cooper. RB Marshawn Lynch rushed two times for six yards with a 4-yard long in his second preseason game as a Raider.

Stay tuned to WWW.RAIDERSGAB.COM for more news & notes as the Oakland Raiders gear up for what hopes to be an exciting season of NFL Football!!

Raiders LT Donald Penn Could End Holdout As Early As Tuesday

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Raiders left tackle Donald Penn is expected to end his 25-day holdout and return to practice this week, as early as Tuesday, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Penn missed all of training camp in Napa, seeking a substantial raise from his 2017 salary of $5.95 million.

That isn’t going to happen — not yet, at least, as negotiations might pick up once Penn returns — but he probably will get that salary guaranteed for at least this season. Penn, 34, made the Pro Bowl last season and is entering his fourth year with Oakland, his last on his second two-year deal.

Video: Expectations for the Oakland Raiders in 2017

Nick Kostos, Brady Quinn, and D.J. Williams break down their expectations for the Raiders.

Raiders Safety Keith McGill to Need Surgery After Fracturing Foot on Saturday

Raiders safety Keith McGill suffered a Jones fracture on Saturday and will require foot surgey, Michael Gehlken of Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

The exact timetable of his recovery will gain clarity after further evaluation, but it is possible he won’t be ready for Week 1. McGill is a core special teams contributor who was competing in camp for a rotational role in the secondary.

A Jones fracture relates to the foot’s fifth metatarsal.

McGill was on crutches after practice, his right foot in a protective boot.

He played 281 special-teams snaps in 2016, second-most among all returning players. The Raiders already were facing significant turnover in that department. Of the seven players who appeared in at least 240 special-teams snaps last year, only fullback Jamize Olawale and McGill are still on the 90-man roster.