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alameda, calif.» When the Raiders played the Bron­cos for the first time this sea­son, the Raiders re­lied heav­ily on their run­ning game.

They posted their most car­ries, most yards and most touch­downs on the ground in the past three years.

The for­mula that de­liv­ered the 30-20 vic­tory in Novem­ber will prob­a­bly be a sim­i­lar for­mula that Oak­land uses in the re­match in Den­ver on Sun­day, es­pe­cially with backup Matt McGloin tak­ing the snaps from cen­ter in place of start­ing quar­ter­back Derek Carr, who suf­fered a bro­ken leg last week­end and prob­a­bly won’t play again this sea­son.

“I think ev­ery­one is tak­ing a lit­tle bit more on their shoul­ders be­cause they un­der­stand Derek went down,” Raiders run­ning back DeAn­dre Wash­ing­ton said Thurs­day. “He was a vi­tal leader to this team, an MVP to this team. When­ever some­one like that goes down, ev­ery­one else has to step up.”

Bridge­wa­ter wins Courage Award.

The Vik­ings se­lected quar­ter­back Teddy Bridge­wa­ter as the re­cip­i­ent of the team’s Ed Block Courage Award.

The award is given each sea­son to one player on ev­ery NFL team to rec­og­nize his abil­ity to over­come ad­ver­sity and his com­mit­ment to sports­man­ship and courage.

Bridge­wa­ter suf­fered a sea­son-end­ing knee in­jury just be­fore the sea­son started and has been go­ing through an ex­haus­tive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion process.

Grif­fin good to go.

Robert Grif­fin III was cleared from con­cus­sion pro­to­col and will start at QB on Sun­day at Pitts­burgh in Cleveland’s sea­son fi­nale.

Grif­fin was checked by an in­de­pen­dent neu­rol­o­gist and prac­ticed as the Browns (1-14) pre­pared to face a surg­ing Steel­ers team that has locked up a play­off berth and will rest sev­eral starters, in­clud­ing QB Ben Roeth­lis­berger, tail­back Le’Veon Bell and wide re­ceiver An­to­nio Brown.


For­mer NFL and Vir­ginia Tech de­fen­sive back Keion Car­pen­ter died in Mi­ami at age 39. The cause of death wasn’t an­nounced. Car­pen­ter in­ter­cepted 14 passes dur­ing his NFL ca­reer with the Bills and Falcons. He blocked six kicks while play­ing at Vir­ginia Tech, ty­ing the school record. And he founded The Car­pen­ter House, a non­profit de­signed to ben­e­fit chil­dren from low-in­come fam­i­lies through men­tor­ing. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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