All practices at Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center, unless otherwise noted:
Friday — Off
Saturday — at Cleveland Browns, FirstEnergy Stadium, 1:30 PM
Sunday — Off
Monday — Rich Bisaccia Press Conference, 1 p.m.
Tuesday — Off
Wednesday — Exercise, 11 a.m.
Thursday — Exercise, 11 a.m.
Friday — Exercise, 11 a.m.
Saturday — Off
Sunday — vs. Denver Broncos, Allegiant Stadium, 1:25 PM
Quote of the day
The forecast continues to call for rain in Cleveland for Saturday afternoon, before turning to snow in the evening.
Interim coach Rich Bisaccia said on Thursday the team is doing what it can to prepare for the fallout expected when the Raiders take the field against the Browns.
It’s not entirely new to this series. The Raiders and Browns played in the same stadium a year ago under appalling conditions.
A cold spell in Las Vegas could help the team acclimate to temperatures expected on Lake Erie this weekend. But on Thursday there was no rain in the valley, so the team had to be creative during training by spraying the footballs with water.
“We had some wet ball practice,” said Bisaccia. “Hopefully the winds won’t be crazy or ridiculous. I mean, we both had to play in that weather last year. We went through the full gamut of sun and snow and sleet and rain and wind and everything. So I think the match day is the same for both teams. Hopefully we can adapt well to the weather we get.”
Three key players were officially announced by the Raiders for Saturday’s game when the last injury report of the week was released on Thursday.
Star tight end Darren Waller will miss his third game in a row with knee and back injuries. Linebacker Denzel Perryman, one of the leaders in tackles, will miss a second consecutive game with an ankle injury and cornerback Trayvon Mullen is out with a toe injury. Mullen just got back from an injured reserve last week.
The only other player to wear an injury designation in the game is Carl Nassib’s defense, who was limited in training all week with a knee injury.
Bisaccia expressed his optimism that linebacker Patrick Onwuasor (hamstring) and tight end Foster Moreau (belly) would be cleared to play. Neither player bears an official designation.
As for Waller, he was spotted training on a side court during the media open portion of training. It’s another step in the process of getting back on the pitch, but Bisaccia didn’t have a timeline for when he would be able to play again.
get a grip
Perhaps the most confusing part of last week’s blowout against Kansas City was that the Raiders lost four fumbles.
The one interception Carr threw may as well have been considered a fumble as it was a puckered pass that went straight into the hands of a defender.
No other team has lost four fumbles in a game this season. The Raiders had lost just three all season before Sunday. Bisaccia does not believe the problem will continue this week.
“I just think we did a bad job protecting the ball,” he said. “I think sometimes we tried to pick and stop, and they knocked it out well. You have to give them some credit as well. They hit the ball and the team we’re preparing to play in Cleveland is doing that also very good.
“I think they are plus-two in sales. I think they have 11 choices. I know they’ve knocked the ball out a few times, so we expect that again. And to some extent, we opened Pandora’s box. We just have to do our best and that is to protect football.”