Raiders, Charg­ers mon­i­tor wild­fires

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY MICHAEL WAGAMAN As­so­ci­ated Press

Alameda, Calif. — The NFL is keep­ing an eye on the wild­fires in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia and has been ex­plor­ing op­tions to move Sun­day’s game between the Oakland Raiders and Los An­ge­les Charg­ers if it be­comes nec­es­sary.

Michael Sig­nora, the NFL’s vice pres­i­dent of foot­ball com­mu­ni­ca­tions, said Thurs­day that the league is get­ting up­dates on the sit­u­a­tion from both teams and from city of­fi­cials in Oakland.

“We con­tinue to mon­i­tor air qual­ity con­di­tions in the Bay Area and are in close com­mu­ni­ca­tion with both the Raiders and Charg­ers, as well as lo­cal au­thor­i­ties,” Sig­nora said. “At this point, the game re­mains sched­uled for Sun­day in Oakland.”

At least 26 peo­ple have died and some 3,500 homes and busi­nesses have been de­stroyed by the blazes, which be­gan in Cal­i­for­nia wine coun­try Sun­day. An es­ti­mated 25,000 peo­ple have been driven from their homes.

Oakland, which is some 45 miles south of the fires, has been blan­keted by smoke.

Col­lege foot­ball games in Berke­ley and Stan­ford are planned for this week­end, and of­fi­cials from both schools are mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tions there as well.

If the NFL de­cides that con­di­tions in Oakland are too un­healthy to play Sun­day, the Raiders game could be moved to Levi’s Sta­dium in Santa Clara. San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer has also of­fered up Qual­comm Sta­dium, where the Charg­ers used to play be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to Los An­ge­les this year.

“It’s up to them to make the fi­nal de­ci­sion to ei­ther move us, pre­pare us to play here, or what not,” Raiders cor­ner­back TJ Car­rie said. “But we have to con­tinue to prac­tice and play as if we’re go­ing to play here.”

Ex­tra points

Ben­gals tight end Tyler Eifert will miss the rest of the sea­son be­cause of a back in­jury that has put his ca­reer in jeop­ardy.

... Rookie line­backer Reuben Foster of the 49ers hopes to re­turn from a sprained an­kle.

... In­jured Pack­ers run­ning back Ty Mont­gomery (ribs) could play Sun­day.

... Dol­phins re­ceiver Jarvis Landry says fans who lob­bied for quar­ter­back Jay Cut­ler to be benched are an em­bar­rass­ment.

Bob Leverone/As­so­ci­ated Press

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