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Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Little was unable to finish Monday's practice due to a tweak in his hamstring, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: While there's no indication that the injury is serious, Little is in a position where every practice snap counts. The Raiders have better depth at wideout than in previous seasons, leaving him on the roster bubble after a failed stint in Cleveland.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Criner missed Monday's practice with a hamstring injury, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Criner appears to be on the roster bubble this year, but the same is likely true for offseason acquisition Greg Little, who is also dealing with a hamstring injury. With James Jones, Rod Streater (concussion), Denarius Moore, and Andre Holmes all in the mix, Criner faces an uphill battle to earn a significant role in the offense.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Streater is dealing with a concussion, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: The Raiders' wideout group is already rather banged up, with Juron Criner and Greg Little both bothered by hamstring injuries. While Streater doesn't have a long history of concussions, he did suffer a relatively minor one last preseason. He'll likely miss at least a few days of practice but remains the favorite to start across from James Jones, after leading the Raiders in receptions (60), targets (100) and receiving yards (888) last season. With the Raiders lacking a credible receiving threat at tight end, there should be quite a few targets to go around for Streater, Jones, and Denarius Moore.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Raiders coach Dennis Allen reiterated over the weekend that Schaub is the team's starting quarterback, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "[Schaub's] our quarterback and he's done a great job ever since he got here," Allen said.
Impact: Second-round pick Derek Carr has impressed as well, but barring injury, the veteran Schaub will open the 2014 season as the Raiders' starter. Schaub's struggles with the Texans last season are well-documented, but Schaub threw for over 4,000 yards and posted a quarterback rating above 90 in 2012, and it sounds like his confidence has been restored with the move to Oakland. Teammate Antonio Smith said Schaub is "getting his mojo back," but with the slew of mediocre receiving options on the team, it's rather difficult to imagine Schaub will work his way into the QB1 discussion at any point this year.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Streater (unspecified issue) did not finish practice Sunday, CSN's Scott Bair reports.
Impact: The report notes that coach Dennis Allen indicated Sunday that Streater may have a head ailment, with an update on the wideout's status likely on tap Monday.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maiava strained his hamstring during the Raiders' practice Friday, CSN California reports.
Impact: While a strained hamstring is certainly concerning, it's doubtful that Maiava will have to miss significant time off the practice field. However, the Raiders might decide to let him take a couple days off to make sure that he's healthy heading into the regular season. At this point, it seems like the 27-year-old will play behind Nick Roach when that time comes.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith had sports hernia surgery performed during the offseason but he's back to 100 percent physically, CSN California reports.
Impact: Smith signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Raiders back in March. Despite being 32 years old, Oakland believes that he can provide some viability on the defensive line, and it doesn't look like his sports hernia will impede that possibility.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Hayden will open training camp on the physically unable to perform list because he has not recovered from surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot.
Impact: Hayden originally rolled his ankle during the first week of organized team activities in late May. An MRI at the time showed no complications but one taken later at the end of minicamp in June showed the stress fracture.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hayden will miss the start of training camp after undergoing surgery for a stress fracture in his foot, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Hayden, the 12th overall pick a year ago, has seen his early NFL career ravaged by injuries, as he underwent abdomen surgery and experienced both hamstring and groin problems during a rookie season that included only eight games in 2013. With the Raiders hoping their prized cornerback could use the offseason to get healthy, he found himself in a walking boot following a sprained ankle in June and has also apparently undergone surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot. Hayden is seemingly a fragile specimen, and his timetable for a return has a range of 4-to-8 weeks, Scott Bair of CSN California reports. He'll begin training camp on the PUP list, opening an opportunity for Tarell Brown to start opposite former 49ers teammate Carlos Rogers at cornerback.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burnett was released by the Raiders on Thursday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN reports.
Impact: Burnett wasn't cleared medically in his pre-training-camp physical, which spurred the Raiders' decision. He was slated to battle for a spot at outside linebacker with 2014 first-round pick Khalil Mack, but Burnett will instead attempt to break camp elsewhere. The nine-year veteran is coming off three consecutive 100-tackle campaigns, making him a decent bet to find employment at some point.