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Former NFL quarterback Ken Stabler had brain disease

Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, the late NFL MVP and Super Bowl winner who is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has been diagnosed with the brain disease CTE, Boston University researchers said Wednesday.

Former NFL quarterback Ken Stabler had brain disease CTE

BOSTON – Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, the late NFL and Super Bowl MVP who is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has been diagnosed with the brain disease CTE, Boston University researchers said Wednesday. Stabler, who died of colon cancer at 69 in July, had Stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Dr. Ann McKee told the Associated Press. McKee said the disease was widespread throughout his brain, with “quite severe” damage to the regions involving learning, memory and regulation of emotion.

Taiwan Jones back to RB, excited for career

The football season has barely ended for Oakland Raiders running back Taiwan Jones, but he can’t wait for the next one to begin. Jones is back where he feels he belongs: in the backfield. The former Eastern Washington star had spent the last three years on defense and special teams, but got a fresh start with new Raiders coach Jack Del Rio.

NFL approves Rams to L.A., Chargers option to join

A person with knowledge of the vote says an NFL committee exploring moving teams to Los Angeles has recommended the combined stadium proposal involving Oakland and San Diego over St. Louis owner Stan Kroenke’s ambitious plan for another venue.

AP Source: Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith suspended a year

Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith was suspended Tuesday by the NFL for one calendar year because of violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy, a person with direct knowledge of the decision said.

Oakland Raiders get top returner and backup RB Taiwan Jones on field

The Oakland Raiders hope their sporadic running game can finally find some consistency now that Latavius Murray has fully recovered from a shoulder injury that slowed him the past few games. Getting Taiwan Jones back on the field this week is equally important.

Seahawks’ rookies step up in final preaseason game

SEATTLE – The most conclusive findings of the Seahawks’ 31-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders in their preseason finale at CenturyLink Field came early on Thursday evening. They were a decisive signal that Seattle’s present and future are in capable hands.

Oakland Raiders Super Bowl hero Ken Stabler dies at 69

Ken Stabler, who led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory and was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1974, has died as a result of complications from colon cancer. He was 69. His family announced his death on Stabler’s Facebook page on Thursday. The statement said Stabler “passed peacefully” on Wednesday while surrounded by family, including his three daughters and longtime partner, who wasn’t named.

Seahawks lose third defensive assistant as Raiders hire Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator

The Raiders on Friday made official what had been rumored for the last week: Linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. has left the Seattle Seahawks and the man who brought him into USC and NFL coaching, Pete Carroll, to become Oakland’s defensive coordinator. The move comes four days after defensive coordinator Dan Quinn left the Seahawks to become the new head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

NFL Notes: 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh addresses rumors about Michigan

Coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday addressed a recent report that he had been approached by the University of Michigan, his alma mater, and about the nature of an exchange he had with Raiders owner Mark Davis. “As a principle, I don’t talk about any other job other than the one that I have,” Harbaugh said. “I’ve answered this question many times, even recently, so you know exactly where my priorites are.

Raiders end 16-game losing streak by holding off Chiefs

Derek Carr threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to James Jones with 1 minute, 42 seconds remaining and the Oakland Raiders snapped a 16-game losing streak with a 24-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night. Oakland’s Latavius Murray ran for two touchdowns on four carries before leaving the game with a concussion.

Seahawks build lead, hold off Raiders

Marshawn Lynch rushed for two first-half touchdowns, Bruce Irvin tipped and intercepted Derek Carr’s pass and returned it 35 yards for another score and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Oakland Raiders 30-24 on Sunday.

Raiders make Tony Sparano interim coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Reggie McKenzie believes he put together a roster capable of competing for a playoff spot. When that roster got off to an 0-4 start and wasn’t even competitive in two games, the Oakland Raiders general manager decided he needed to fire coach Dennis Allen. McKenzie replaced his hand-picked coach by promoting offensive line coach Tony Sparano on an interim basis Tuesday with the hopes that can spark a turnaround for a team that has lost 10 straight.

Raiders fire head coach Allen after 0-4 start

The Oakland Raiders fired coach Dennis Allen on Monday night four games into his third season. The decision was announced soon after the Raiders (0-4) returned from London, where they lost their 10th straight game dating to last season, 34-14 to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The firing was first reported by Fox Sports.