ENGLEWOOD | Frustration swept through Week 13 of the NFL schedule. Rob Gronkowski’s cheap shot on Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White. Tom Brady’s sideline spat with his play caller Josh McDaniels. Marcus Peters’ heave of an official’s yellow flag into the stands as the Chiefs fell into a three-way tie in the middling AFC West.
ALAMEDA, Calif. | Oakland receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver cornerback Aqib Talib had their two-game suspensions reduced to one game after appeal hearings on Tuesday. Derrick Brooks heard Crabtree’s case and James Thrash heard Talib’s appeal, and both decided to reduce the two-game bans issued Monday by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan.
ALAMEDA, Calif. | Oakland receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver cornerback Aqib Talib were suspended two games each without pay on Monday for fighting during the recent game between the two teams. NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan announced the suspensions a day after the two players brawled during Oakland’s 21-14 victory. Both players can appeal the suspensions.
OAKLAND, Calif. | Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes after losing starting receiver Michael Crabtree to an ejection for his role in a brawl, and the Oakland Raiders spoiled Paxton Lynch’s first start of the season with a 21-14 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
ALAMEDA, Calif. | It’s time to see conclusively if quarterback Paxton Lynch is a bust or just a late bloomer. The Denver Broncos’ former first-round draft pick will make his first start this weekend at Oakland, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
ALAMEDA, Calif. | The Oakland Raiders have fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. in a staff shake-up during a disappointing season. Coach Jack Del Rio made the announcement Tuesday that Norton will be let go and assistant John Pagano will step into the coordinator role leading up to this week’s home game against the Denver Broncos.
LAS VEGAS | In a ceremony that balanced the glitz that Las Vegas embodies and the tragedy from which it is still recovering, the Oakland Raiders on Monday broke ground on a 65,000-seat domed stadium across the freeway from the city’s world-famous casinos. Prince protegee Judith Hill opened the ceremony with a rendition of Andra Day’s song “Rise Up” as police, firefighters, EMTs and other members of the local community walked through a temporary venue to a standing ovation. Fifty-eight beams of light shone behind the stage, each representing one of the victims of the Oct. 1 attack, which was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
ALAMEDA, Calif. | Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will miss between two and six weeks after breaking a bone in his back during a loss to the Denver Broncos. Coach Jack Del Rio said Monday that a CT scan showed that Carr has a transverse process fracture in his back after being injured in the third quarter of a 16-10 loss Sunday. Del Rio said these injuries typically sideline players for two to six weeks.
DENVER | A fake punt by the Raiders late in the third quarter ended in a spectacular failure and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against flamboyant punter Marquette King.