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Raiders DC calls Vontaze Burfict suspension a ‘witch hunt’

Oakland defensive coordinator Paul Guenther lashed out at the NFL for the lengthy suspension the league handed to Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict for a helmet-to-helmet hit, one of a series of violations for which he has been punished.

Jon Gruden’s rabble-rousers are diminishing in numbers

Jon Gruden tried retrofitting the Raiders into their renegade, rabble-rousing best for one final season in Oakland. Harkening to the time when Jack “The Assassin” Tatum patrolled the defense with a menacing stare and a villainous vibe emanated from Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Gruden added mischief-makers Richie Incognito, Antonio Brown and Vontaze Burfict to the franchise’s farewell tour. He reached October without two of the three.

Raiders’ Vontaze Burfict suspended for rest of season

Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended Monday for the rest of the season for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle, the most severe punishment in NFL history for an on-field infraction.

TE Darren Waller provides rare bright spot for Raiders

The knock on Darren Waller for most of his brief NFL career has been that his team couldn’t count on him. An injury cut short his first season and two suspensions limited his availability the next two seasons. Given a second chance by the Oakland Raiders, Waller is making sure not to squander the opportunity.

In cryptic tweet, Antonio Brown appears to retire from NFL

On the morning his most recent team was preparing to play without him, fleet-footed but fleeting New England receiver Antonio Brown said in a tweet: “Will not be playing in the NFL anymore” and took shots at Patriots owner Robert Kraft and longtime Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Suspension over, Richie Incognito rejoins Raiders

Oakland Raiders left guard Richie Incognito practiced for the first time Wednesday after returning from a two-game suspension and said he’s anxious to play. He’s just as eager to leave his long history of troubles on and off the field in the past.

Antonio Brown returns to Oakland Raiders, plans to play opener

Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden says star receiver Antonio Brown is back with the team and is expected to play the season opener. A run-in with general manager Mike Mayock had put Brown in jeopardy of being suspended. Gruden said everybody is ready to move on and the plan is for Brown to play Monday night at home against Denver.

Antonio Brown not with Raiders amid reports of suspension

Star receiver Antonio Brown is not with the Oakland Raiders four days before the season opener amid reports he could be suspended over a confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock. Mayock said at the beginning of practice that Brown wasn’t at the Raiders facility and won’t be practicing. That came a day after Brown posted a letter from the GM on social media detailing nearly $54,000 in fines.

Geno Smith tosses 2 TDs, Seahawks top Raiders 17-15

Geno Smith appeared to lock up the backup job in Seattle throwing a pair of first-half touchdown passes before limping off with a minor knee injury, and the Seahawks closed out the preseason with a 17-15 win over the Oakland Raiders. Smith threw a 39-yard TD pass to Terry Wright on Seattle’s opening possession and later hit Jacob Hollister on an 11-yard TD strike. Smith looked comfortable and poised running Seattle’s offense and seemed set to be Russell Wilson’s backup.

Antonio Brown moves closer to return to practice for Raiders

Antonio Brown made it through a walkthrough practice for the Oakland Raiders with no issues with his frost-bitten feet and is expected to be a full participant in practice soon for the first time this summer. Coach Jon Gruden says he thinks Brown will be able to get back into practice before the Raiders play their third exhibition game next week against the Green Bay Packers.

Antonio Brown returns to Raiders after absence for injured feet

Antonio Brown has returned to the Oakland Raiders training camp facility after missing time to see a specialist for his frostbitten feet and losing a grievance with the NFL over the use of a helmet. Brown walked onto the field surrounded by cameras and greeted his teammates for the first time since leaving camp about a week ago.