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Raiders cut Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practices short to protect players from wildfire smoke

The Raiders typically practice for about two hours each day. But the team cut practice short by about 30 minutes on Wednesday because of wildfires that are sweeping through northern California.

A team spokesperson told Al Saracevic of the San Francisco Chronicle that the Raiders skipped individual position drills to get players off the field and out of the smoke.

“You definitely could smell it. We’ll see. They asked us about how we feel,” running back Jalen Richard said of the smoke.

Bay Area teams, including the Raiders, are uniting to raise money for wildfire relief efforts. The 49ers, A’s, the San Jose Earthquakes, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks, and Golden State Warriors announced a collective $450,000 contribution, and they’re encouraging fans to chip in through a YouCaring site.

The Raiders will welcome the Chargers to Oakland on Sunday.

On Sunday night’s broadcast on NBC, Al Michaels said he was told by McAdoo there were four separate incidents that involved Rodgers-Cromartie leading to the suspension.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that things escalated when he injured his leg in Week 4 and was pulled from the game:

He came to the sidelines and saw his backup on the field, wanted to continue, but was pulled off the field harshly by the coaches.

He reacted in a demonstrative way, throwing equipment. He was sent to the locker room. An argument ensued post-game. On Tuesday, he was informed he would be inactive today. On Wednesday at the facility, with his situation not yet resolved with McAdoo, he was suspended and left the facility.
Since his suspension, Rapoport said that DRC met with many people close to him, as well as former Giants wide receiver David Tyree, who serves as the team’s director of player development.steelers_036

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Chris Johnson basically tweeted his job away, and like, damn, NEVER TWEET. Just don’t do it, people. It’s rarely good. Charlotte Wilder has been saying this for a long time.
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A federal court in New York granted Elliott’s temporary restraining order that once again puts his suspension on hold. Elliott will play against the 49ers in Week 7, but the TRO only lasts until Oct. 30 or until the presiding judge, who is currently on vacation, hears the case.
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Storm system across the Great Lakes with a cold front down to Texas will bring some wet weather for a few games.

Unseasonably warm temperatures in the east, with storms from Jacksonville, Florida to Houston, Texas. The other weather concern is smoky, poor air quality in Oakland, California due to the raging wildfires in Northern California.

Below are notes covering each of the NFL’s 32 teams from a fantasy perspective. Use these tidbits to make the best waiver-wire, trade and lineup decisions for Week 7. Be sure to check back each week of the season for a new version of the Fantasy 32.

Throughout this piece, I’ll be referencing OTD. OTD stands for opportunity-adjusted touchdowns. It is a statistic that weighs every carry/target and converts the data into one number that indicates a player’s scoring opportunity. For example, if a player has an OTD of 3.0, it means that a league-average player who saw the same number of carries/targets in the same area of the field would have scored three touchdowns.

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Trainers and medical personnel rushed to Gordon Hayward’s side as players and fans looked on in disbelief.

The injury was about as gruesome as it gets in sports. Even if you couldn’t see what awful thing happened, you could hear the sound of something terrible occurring in Gordon Hayward’s left leg. Fans seated beneath the basket, Hayward’s Boston Celtics teammates and members of the Cleveland Cavaliers averted their eyes.

Now, there are significant and legit factors that the league can point to including a very slow start to the season because of the fervor of the Presidential Election coverage. Late-season regular games, especially in the Western Conference, did not carry as much weight as they had in previous years. This is a big year for the league when it comes to regular season ratings given the amazing offseason transactions, and especially given ESPN just ponied up $1.4 billion per year to extend the league rights through the 2024-25 season.

Elite Kids Joe Panik Jersey What was that? The Giants made tweaks on their line and adjusted both their running game and receiving corps to win in Denver, but it was really about the defense returning to its 2016 form.

Another week, another close loss. They keep grinding and pushing for victory, meaning it’s bound to come. C.J. Beathard looks ready for his first career win soon.

The quarterback change from DeShone Kizer to Kevin Hogan was met with predictably disastrous results. They just don’t have enough offense to win with either at QB.
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The Rams won on the strength of their special teams and the fact that they were facing a limited offense in Jacksonville.

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Detroit will have to endure the rest of the month — and possibly more — without its top target.

Lions wide receiver Golden Tate is expected to miss a few weeks with a shoulder injury suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Saints, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported .

According to the report, Tate underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed an AC joint sprain. Given the timing of the team’s upcoming bye week, Tate’s absence will be minimized but remain a tough loss.

Tate, 29, leads the Lions with 36 receptions for 363 yards and added two touchdowns through the first six games of this season. He logged seven catches for 96 yards and a tackle-breaking touchdown before exiting Sunday’s game with the injury.

The Lions are scheduled to host the Steelers at Ford Field in Week 8 for Sunday Night Football.

Winston was dropped on his right shoulder in a similar fashion as Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was earlier in the day. Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone after getting hit by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr.

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Once Winston left with the Bucs trailing 21-0, Ryan Fitzpatrick led a rally to get Tampa Bay back into it. Fitzpatrick threw three touchdowns, his first three for the Bucs, to join Chris Chandler, Gus Frerotte and Vinny Testaverde as the only QBs to throw at least one touchdown pass for seven different NFL teams.

The 49ers had another hard-luck loss with a 26-24 defeat in Washington. The 49ers are the first team in NFL history to lose five straight games by three or fewer points.

He won’t turn 20 until after the All-Star break this season.

“Thin crust, provolone cheese, marina sauce — it’s just a St. Louis thing,” said Tatum. “That’s what I grew up eating. I’m probably biased.”

Tatum brought another slice of home with him to Massachusetts. His mother, Brandy Cole, is living in the same building here — but on a different floor.

Tatum looks a bit perplexed when a reporter wonders if an NBA player having his mother living nearby could get awkward. He’s quick to note, “I’ve always lived with my mom. My whole life. It’s nothing new to me.”

It’s a reminder of just how young Tatum is.

“It means a lot because, at the end of the day, I’m still 19,” said Tatum said of having his mother there. “Only 18 months ago, I was in high school. I don’t know everything yet. I am growing up, but I still need help along the way.”

Pierce unexpectedly dropped by the Celtics’ training facility this summer, showed Tatum a blank banner hanging in the corner, and said it was his job to help fill it in. Afterward, Pierce told NBC Sports Boston that Tatum has the sort of skills that Pierce didn’t develop until six or seven years into his NBA career (by which point he was a multiple-time All-Star averaging as much as 26.1 points per game).

The exception to that is for teams with an over/under line of more than 50 wins, so the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs all starting 0-2 shouldn’t be reason for concern.

For individuals, the story is similar. The most recent time I studied the issue, I found preseason performance had about a fourth the predictive power of my SCHOENE player projections, which isn’t nothing but also isn’t everything.

“When looking at best case and worst case scenarios for a team, based off a forecast like ESPN’s real plus-minus (RPM), how big a range is typical? What would be the band of outcomes (call it 10th to 90th percentile) we might expect?”
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The Colin Kaepernick Jersey Effect is one of several possible factors in dampening the NFL’s TV numbers.

Game Mens Marlon Mack Jersey The Steelers-Bengals showdown has been pushed back.

The AFC North rivalry matchup initially scheduled for 1 p.m. ET in Week 7 has been moved to 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 22, the teams announced.

Natural disasters such as Hurricane Irma, increased competition for eyeballs from cable news, the Oct. 1 massacre in Las Vegas and the changing TV habits of younger, cord-cutting viewers have likely taken a toll as well.

There’s also the spectacle of President Donald Trump urging football fans to boycott the country’s biggest sports league as long as players kneel during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice.

The NFL remains the gold standard of TV, not just in sports, but all entertaining programming. But the NFL’s drop in audience could set off a chain reaction that won’t be good for the $14 billion league 鈥?or the TV partners who pay billions for TV rights.

Partner networks ESPN, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and Fox Sports promise advertisers and sponsors certain audience numbers. If those numbers are not reached, the networks have to cough up so-called make-goods, or free ads, to advertisers who didn’t get their money’s worth. There’s nothing TV networks hate more.

There’s a little tension there whether you like it or not, Gordon said. The fans are A-1 for them, and they talk that trash to us. When we walk in there, it’s us against the world.

Our last game playing them in Qualcomm, I was hurt, but it just upset me that the whole stadium was blacked out. That just made me mad because there was nothing I could do about it at that point in time but just sit there and watch as a fan. It just took over our whole stadium. If that doesn’t fuel you up by itself, you really aren’t a Charger at heart.

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Amari Cooper Jersey is in a funk.

He caught one pass for 8 yards against Baltimore on Sunday. And he has now failed to eclipse 9 receiving yards in a game since Week 2, despite 15 targets during the three-game span. Despite Cooper’s atrocious start to the season, it’s hard to imagine this continuing much longer. Cooper — a first-round pick in 2015 — is one of only three wide receivers in NFL history to post two 1,000-yard receiving seasons prior to turning 23 years old (Mike Evans and Randy Moss are the others).

Cooper, who turned 23 in June, has been on the field for 91 percent of the Raiders’ snaps, including 95 percent of the pass plays this season. Both are career-high marks. His target share (21 percent) is down only slightly from 22 percent in 2015 and 23 percent in 2016. Cooper makes for a strong buy-low target, especially with Derek Carr due back this week.

0.5 percent chance. An 0-5 start has dropped the Giants to a less than 1 percent chance of making the playoffs. If you think the offense has been bad so far, just wait to see what we’ll be saying after they play back-to-back games against the Broncos and Seahawks without Odell Beckham Jr.

<0.1 percent chance. It took the Browns five games just to take a lead in a game. Technically, they have some chance of making the playoffs, but according to FPI, that chance is below 0.1 percent. At least the Indians are still looking good. Reese's draft record is abysmal by any measure. Only four of the 46 players the Giants selected in Reese's first six years as GM made it to second contracts with the team. Miss after mid-round miss over that time left the roster so hollowed out by 2013 that the team endured three straight losing seasons and let go of longtime coach Tom Coughlin. Building through the draft is the most important part of an NFL GM's job, and Reese has shown absolutely no ability to do it. Game Womens Nick Bjugstad Jersey
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The Steelers, the biggest favorite on the NFL’s Week 5 schedule, lost at home to the Jaguars on Sunday, and that sound you hear are thousands of people tearing up their survivor pool sheets.

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Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders, chest, 4:05 p.m. ET: Crabtree missed Week 4 after a painful contusion suffered against the Broncos limited him throughout the week. The rest appears to have helped, as he was a full participant in both Thursday and Friday practices. His status has improved to the point where the Raiders are no longer concerned about his availability for Sunday’s game. Crabtree is expected to play as the Raiders host the Ravens.

Sherrick McManis Authentic Jersey George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers: The rookie gave Dickson a run for the position lead during the 1 p.m. ET game slot, scoring 21.3 PPR fantasy points for his first score in double digits. Kittle is owned in just 1.16 percent of ESPN leagues, and while this outing might make him a popular pickup entering Week 6, be aware that most of his production — 18.3 of it and six of his nine targets, to be exact — came on the 49ers’ final drive of regulation. Hey, it’s a start.

You can play really well and catch three balls for 50 yards.

“The bottom line is as skill players, they want the ball,” Monken said Tuesday. “Let’s just say it like it is. Running backs want touches. They want a chance to showcase their abilities. Receivers want the ability to showcase their talents. Quarterbacks want to throw it [and] want a chance to showcase their abilities. But, this isn’t baseball where I step into the batter’s box and I have my opportunity. This isn’t basketball where I can create my own shot.

“As receivers, you’re dependent on a lot of factors to get the ball. You can play really well and catch three balls for 50 yards. And you can play poorly and end up with eight catches for 100 yards and to the naked eye, you think you’ve had a great game.

“Bottom line is we’ve got to do it better [and] we’ve got to practice it better, so when the opportunities come up, we hit those. It’s all of us. It doesn’t matter what position, but there is only one ball. I told the guys, ‘There’s only one ball.’ When you’ve got multiple skill players that are capable of making plays usually someone is being pulled to the podium and someone is upset. That’s just the way it works. I mean there is only one ball. That’s the way it works. DeSean is a really good football player and we do everything we can with all of our players to put them in a position to be successful. We’ve just got to continue to work at.”

Tight end Tyler Eifert hasn’t been to practice since Week 2, and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis declined to give an update on Eifert’s timetable. Eifert has been dealing with a back issue, similar to last season’s problem that put him on injured reserve. The Bengals are on a bye next week, which could help his chances of a return in the future. — Katherine Terrell

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the Dolphins may get a break as Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota Jersey is listed as questionable due to a hamstring injury.

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Blake Bortles has actually come a fairly long way since mid-August, when his preseason was going so poorly we wondered if he might get cut. In two of the Jaguars’ four games (both wins), he has managed to avoid throwing a single interception. But he was just 15-for-35 on Sunday in an overtime loss to the Jets (the Jets!), and there’s no way you’re convincing me the Tom Coughlin/Doug Marrone brain trust has an ounce of confidence in Bortles’ ability to lead this team through an immediate or distant future. Bortles’ mandate is to hand it off to Leonard Fournette, throw as little and as carefully as possible, and don’t do any real harm. If he can’t handle that, we could see Chad Henne before year’s end and someone entirely new behind center in Jacksonville in 2018.

The result was yet another poor start — 1-2 so far with a total of just six points scored the past two weeks against defenses (the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints) considered less than average.

We’re not doing things right, Gase said of his team’s second straight loss after a season-opening road win over the Los Angeles Chargers. We have to be more detailed in what we’re doing. It’s everybody.

On Sunday, the Dolphins finally will play their home opener, hosting the Tennessee Titans (2-2) at Hard Rock Stadium. Last October, the Titans came to Hard Rock and demolished the Dolphins 31-17.

Elite Womens Bradley Pinion Jersey This Sunday, however, the Dolphins may get a break as Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is listed as questionable due to a hamstring injury. He could be a game-time decision.

If Mariota can’t go, Matt Cassel would start. Brandon Weeden was signed as the third-stringer.