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Jason Campbell’s Injury Might Cut Down Raiders’ 2012 Draft Even More

Jason Campbell’s injury suffered in the second quarter Sunday could further deplete an already weak 2012 draft for the Silver and Black. Campbell is likely to be sidelined six weeks after having surgery on his broken collarbone Monday. Even if he can recover that quickly, the Raiders are already hitting the phones in search of a replacement.

As reported earlier, the Raiders are going after Carson Palmer. Sure doesn’t sound like the they have a lot of faith in backup Kyle Boller. Of the many obstacles in the way of landing Palmer, perhaps none is greater than the assets the Raiders have to offer. That, and of course there’s Mike Brown who refuses to trade Palmer.

In his usual fashion, the late Al Davis had his Raiders wheeling and dealing. They’ve already surrendered a 3rd round pick to take Terrelle Pryor in the supplemental draft, as well as trading a 7th rounder for their most recent addition in Aaron Curry. Campbell himself was acquired from the Redskins for a 4th rounder. Their 2nd rounder was dealt to New England in this year’s draft. All these moves have trimmed the Raiders’ 2012 draft to only 1st, 5th, and 6th round picks. Not much to bargain with.

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Raiders Beat Texans With Only 10 Men on Field for Final Play

Maybe the spirit of Al Davis was truly guiding the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

The Raiders beat the Texans in Houston 25-20 thanks to a Michael Huff interception on the final play of the game. Houston was at the five yard line and had an excellent chance to score, but Huff stepped in front of receiver Jacoby Jones to pick off Matt Schaub’s throw.

The amazing part about Oakland’s triumph is that they only had 10 men on the field for the play. Astute Raiders fan Preston Jones made the observation and notified several Raiders reporters.

Beating the Texans as a road underdog was already a major accomplishment for the 3-2 Raiders. Winning the game on the final play with only 10 men on the field is even more impressive. Maybe this was Al Davis paying his team back for their Sunday tribute.

You can see a video of the play at NFL.com

Raiders Paid Tribute to Al Davis with Win, Sticker on Helmet

The Oakland Raiders paid tribute to former owner Al Davis, who died on Saturday, by winning one for him in Houston Sunday. The Silver and Black came back from a 14-6 second quarter deficit to win 25-20. Safety Michael Huff sealed the win with an interception on the game’s final play, and said afterwards that the victory was for Davis.

“We know he’s looking down on us right now,” Huff said. “This win is for him. I appreciate everything he’s done for this organization. He’s never gone in our eyes. We’ll never let him go. He’s with us.”

Not only did the team pull off a win for Davis, they also added stickers to the back of their helmets to honor him. Stadiums around the league held a moment of silence before the early games to remember the renegade owner. The fan tributes to Davis weren’t exclusive to Raiders fans either:

The person who seemed to show the greatest emotion following the win was head coach Hue Jackson, who went to the ground and began crying. He’s done a very good job with the team. Al Davis would be proud.

Photo Credits: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Al Davis Left a Legacy of Good and Bad

It’s amazing how a day many Raiders fans eagerly anticipated for years was received so differently. Longtime Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis died Saturday at the age of 82. He was part of the team for 49 of its 52 years of existence, eventually becoming the face of the franchise. Known as a bright football mind, a pioneer, and a renegade, Davis left behind a legacy of positives and negatives.

Al Davis won three Super Bowls GM of the Raiders. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. He was the AFL Coach of the Year in 1963, and he became commissioner of the AFL in 1966. He helped force a merger between the AFL and NFL, and he constantly fought for the good of the overall game of football.

Davis was the first person to draft an African American quarterback, and the first person to heavily scout traditional black schools. Under Davis, the Raiders hired the first Hispanic head coach, the first African American head coach, and they became the first organization in major sports to hire a female for an executive role.

A true renegade who did things his way, Davis heavily valued specialists, venturing to draft kicker Sebastian Janikowski and punter Ray Guy in the first round.

While doing things his way, Davis butted heads with many people.

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Richard Seymour Describes Raiders’ Defense as ‘X-Rated’

The Raiders beat the Jets 34-24 Sunday in Oakland to improve to 2-1 on the season. They’re tied with the Chargers for first in the AFC West, and their players are particularly proud of their defensive effort.

During introductions before the game, Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour went Dante Hall and threw up an “X.” After the game, he explained what it meant.

“When I throw up the ‘X,’ that means it’s time to put the kids to bed,” Seymour said. “It’s X-rated out there. That means if you’re 13 and under, don’t watch this.”

The defense didn’t exactly bring the pain early in the game, falling behind 17-7. In the second half, they delivered four sacks of Mark Sanchez, and one broken nose.

Seymour has actually been doing the “X” gesture since joining the Raiders in 2009. In an interview last year, he said the “X” symbolized what the Raiders were about to do defensively. Now apparently the gesture has changed to mean that the things are getting X-rated. I guess that’s what happens when your team is balling. Seymour shouldn’t get too cocky though — the offense has really carried them. Without Darren McFadden, they wouldn’t be 2-1.

Raiders Don’t Want Terrelle Pryor Wearing Jersey No. 2 Because of JaMarcus Russell

The Raiders selected Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the supplemental draft this week and signed him to a four-year deal Thursday night. Pryor is in camp and already practiced with the team Friday. It was the same Terrelle Pryor fans would recognize, only there was one difference — he was wearing a new jersey number. Instead of the No. 2 he wore at Ohio State, the Raiders announced that Pryor will wear jersey No. 6. They have a good reason for the change too.

Raiders beat writer Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chroncile tweeted that “Terrelle Pryor says Raiders coach Hue Jackson won’t let him wear No. 2. JaMarcus Russell was very big, but his ghost is bigger.”

SI’s Jim Trotter tweeted the same news, so it sounds like this is not a joke.

As silly as the reason may seem, it actually makes a lot of sense. JaMarcus Russell was a bust for the franchise. Things got so bad for JaMarcus that even his life coach gave up on him. I don’t think Pryor will amount to much as a quarterback, but it’s understandable why they want to torch the number and expunge the memories.

Hey, if Pryor can’t wear JaMarcus’ jersey number, maybe he can at least buy Russell’s Oakland mansion.

Two Fans in Joe Montana Jerseys Fight at Raiders-Niners Game (Video)

We rarely post fan fight videos here on LBS, but this one was too entertaining to pass up.  When you schedule a weekend preseason game between intrastate rival (kind of) football franchises, something is bound to go wrong.  When two frustrated fan bases come together for a meaningless game, tempers flare.  Even if it means Joe Montana fighting Joe Montana, there’s going to be a scrap.  Check out this Niners-Raiders fan fight video that our friends at Busted Coverage passed along:

These fights usually end with a quick knockout punch, but there was a point in this video where I thought these guys might never stop throwing fists.  I guess anything worth doing is worth doing right.