These are tough times for the Oakland Raiders. The passing of Al Davis will never be placed in the past. The presence of Davis will always be felt around the organization. His influence is that great that there won’t be a day that goes by without some talk or though of Davis.
Still, there is a task at hand. While I won’t pretend to know Davis I can confidently say that he would want his team to continue to prepare for Sunday’s game in Houston. Never forget that the only business Al Davis every truly knew was football.
With that being said the Raiders made a couple roster moves today.
Ricky Brown’s return to the East Bay was short lived as the Raiders placed the reserve linebacker on the IR thus ending his season. Brown was dealing with a concussion but the move is more likely related to setting up an open roster spot for Terrelle Pryor who will be able to practice come Monday.
The move to end Brown’s season was also done so the Raiders could sign Manase Tonga to the 53-man roster.
Tonga could see the first action of his NFL career after being relegated to the practice squad for the last two seasons. With both Marcel Reece and Richard Gordon out again the Raiders are shorthanded at fullback. Rock Cartwright is rumored as a possible starter but Tonga could see some action if he’s placed on the active roster for game day.