Oakland Raiders News Clips for Dec. 12, 2013

Coach Allen Thursday Press Conference  (Raiders)… Opening Statement: “Injury report – Khalif Barnes was full today. Tyvon Branch was limited. Mike Brisiel , Jason Hunter , Rashad Jennings , all those guys were full. Nick Kasa was limited. [Darren] McFadden did not practice. Denarius Moore was limited. Sio Moore was limited. Tony Pashos was full. Jeremy Stewart and Vance Walker did not practice today.”

QUESTION:  What things have you done to freshen them up?

COACH ALLEN:  “Just a little bit more walk-through type of things. We’ve changed the schedule up just a little bit and hopefully that gives them a little bit of a boost.”

QUESTION: Marcel Reece did really well in the Jets game; do you guys have any plans in the next three games to maybe get more reps or more snaps?

COACH ALLEN: “Listen, Marcel has been part of our game plan since day one. As of late, we’ve been able to feature him a little bit more. We’ve been able to get him the ball a little bit more and we’ll continue to try to work to get him the ball. Now, again, there’s one football out there and there’s only 11 positions on the field and Rashad Jennings is another guy that’s done a really good job back there at the tailback position. We’ll find ways that we can utilize all of our talent.”

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Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson’s Thursday Press Conference  (Raiders.com)… “When Terrelle came out without the knee brace, we knew he must have been, that his knee must have been feeling pretty good.” (watch video)

Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver’s Thursday Press Conference  (Raiders.com)… “Our guys are real focused on 3rd down practice; both in fixing mistakes and getting ready for this next opponent.” (watch video)

Raiders-Chiefs game sold out, televised locally  (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… The Raiders game against the Kansas City Chiefs sold out in advance of the league deadline Thursday. Therefore, it will be televised locally. (read more)

Chiefs-Raiders Preview (FOX Sports.com & Associated Press)… With their longest slide of the year behind them, the Kansas City Chiefs can now focus on clinching their first playoff berth in three seasons.  The Chiefs can secure a postseason spot on the road Sunday while trying to hand the Oakland Raiders a fourth consecutive defeat. (read more or view Gametrax)

McFadden, Walker still sidelined with injuries  (by Steve Corkran, Bay Area News Group)… Running back Darren McFadden and defensive lineman Vance Walker aren’t at practice again today. That makes it unlikely that either will play against the Kansas City Chiefs. (read more)

Injury report: Moore continues to impress  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… Receiver Denarius Moore went through his second consecutive practice after missing the previous three games with a shoulder injury and would seem to be on track to playing Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. (read more)

Rod Martin to light Al Davis Torch  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Rod Martin will light the Al Davis Torch at the O.co Coliseum Sunday before the Raiders play host to the Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN.com has learned. (read more)

Third-down defensive woes a microcosm  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… Trying to figure out how the Oakland Raiders’ defense, which was not only the heart and soul of the team, but also its best unit, has come unglued in the three-game losing streak?  Look no further than its impotence on third down the past three games. (read more)

Raiders’ D can’t get off field on third down  (by Michael Wagaman, Associated Press)… Jason Tarver is as passionate and animated as any coach in the NFL. The Oakland Raiders’ defensive coordinator is usually quick with a statistic or two to back up whatever point he’s trying to make. (read more)

Free Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece  (by Marc Sessler, NFL.com)… With running back Rashad Jennings expected to return to the lineup this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, Bay Area News Group’s Jerry McDonald noted Wednesday that Reece will “again recede into the background” after carrying the load a week ago. (read more)

Chiefs look to cap turnaround from 2-win season by clinching playoffs with win vs. Raiders  (Associated Press)… All it took to get the Kansas City Chiefs back on the winning track was a game against the struggling Washington Redskins.  A win this week against another last-place team will put the Chiefs in the playoffs one year after posting the worst record in the NFL. (read more)

Special Raiderette Halftime  (Raiders.com)… The Raiderettes will perform their annual holiday routine during halftime of this Sunday’s game between the Raiders and the Chiefs. (read more)

Charles Woodson wants to stay as a Raider next season  (95.7  FM The Game)… The Raiders DB discussed how it’s been to be back in Oakland, what his future plans are, and what he thought of the team’s defensive performance against the Jets. (listen)

Andre Holmes talks about his journey to the Raiders  (95.7FM The Game)… The Raiders WR looked back on how he worked to get a shot in Oakland, and how he’s felt about the 2013 season. (listen)

Son of HOF Green signed to practice squad  (by Paul Gutierrez, ESPN)… Not when his father is Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green, who played 20 seasons in Washington, won a pair of Super Bowl rings in the 1987 and 1991 seasons but was denied on his first try as a rookie by the Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII.  (read more)

Legends of the Nation: Fred Biletnikoff  (95.7FM The Game)… The former Raiders WR gave his thoughts on current Raider Rod Streater, and his memories facing the Kansas City Chiefs. (listen)

Raiders SuperBowl Champions David Humm and George Atkinson on Raiders Roundtable  (95.7FM The Game)… “Give me two or three do-overs and I’ll give you a team that is 50-50…(listen to part 1part 2)

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