(by Stewart Upton)
RAIDERS DISMISSED UNTIL MONDAY – Bay Area News Group reporter Steve Corkran reports on the Raiders last practice before they cut everyone loose until Monday. “Once the practice, workouts and meetings today end, the players will be excused for four days. They won’t be required to be back at the team’s year-round facility in Alameda until Monday.”
ALLEN: GET SOME DOWN TIME, STAY OUT OF TROUBLE, & STAY FOCUSED – Corkran follows up on his last practice report to not only write about how the Raiders hope to break the decade long jinx of losing when coming out of the bye week, but that before the team was dismissed until Monday, Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen reminded the team of the importance during the bye week of getting some down time, staying out of trouble and staying focused.
OLSON ALL FOR PRYOR WORKING WITH QB GURU – ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez reports on comments made by the Raiders’ offensive coordinator, Greg Olson regarding quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s plan of heading to Los Angeles to work with quarterback guru Tom House over the bye weekend. “In fact, Olson said he’s the one who recommended to Pryor this past spring to seek out House, whose methods have been utilized by Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Carson Palmer and Tim Tebow.”
ROOKIE LB SIO MOORE SPEEDS UP DEVELOPMENT – SF Gates’ Vic Tafur reports on the progress of Raiders rookie outside linebacker Sio Moore. “Moore, the team’s third-round pick, had a sack and three quarterback hurries in seven pass rushes, after having zero sacks and one hurry in his first 33 pass rushes this season, according to Pro Football Focus.”
TACKLE VELDHEER, LINEBACKER BURRIS INCHING CLOSER TO PLAYING TIME – ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez reports on how the bye week will not only give the walking wounded on the Oakland Raiders’ active roster time to heal, but also two starters who have yet to play a down this season. Left tackle Jared Veldheer, who underwent surgery on his left triceps in training camp, and linebacker Miles Burris, who had knee surgery in the offseason, are inching closer to making their 2013 debuts. Still, there is work to be done.
COLISEUM CITY INVESTORS ADDED TO WORK GROUP – Blanca Torres reports for the San Francisco Business Times on an Oakland City Council meeting to support Coliseum City, a massive redevelopment in East Oakland that could include a new stadium for the Raiders. “Investors Colony Capital LLC and HayaH Holdings are now officially part of the group working on Coliseum City, which also includes JRDV Urban International, HKS Architects and Forest City Real Estate Services. Along with adding new members, the council also approved extending the exclusive negotiating agreement with the development team for a year with an optional six-month extension.”
OAKLAND DEPENDING ON DUBAI-BASED BUSINESSMAN TO KEEP RAIDERS – Matthew Artz reports for the Oakland Tribune on how the investment outfit to build a Coliseum City will be headed by Rashid Al Malik, a Dubai-based businessman who city leaders think can rustle up money from the Middle East. Also expected to join the outfit is Colony Capital, the world’s third-largest privately held real estate firm. “No representatives from Colony or Al Malik’s firm, HayaH Holding, attended the meeting. The Raiders had no comment about the council’s action Wednesday morning.”