North Bay fires cause Raiders to shorten prac­tice due to un­healthy air qual­ity.

Im­pact of North Bay fires seen, smelled at Alameda com­plex

The Mercury News - - Sports - By Matt Sch­nei­d­man mschnei­d­man@ba­yare­anews­group.com

The Raiders short­ened prac­tice Wed­nes­day be­cause of poor air qual­ity stem­ming from the North Bay fires.

In­di­vid­ual drills were elim­i­nated from Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice as some ash fell to the ground and the sky held an or­ange tint. The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency clas­si­fied the air in Alameda as “un­healthy” at the time of prac­tice. The Raiders also moved Thurs­day’s prac­tice from 1:45 p.m. to 11 a.m.

The Raiders’ prac­tice fa­cil­ity is about 40 miles from the fires.

“We think we’re OK to work to­day in this,” Raiders’ coach Jack Del Rio said Wed­nes­day be­fore prac­tice. “We’re mon­i­tor­ing the dif­fer­ent lev­els of smoke that are here and we’re go­ing to make sure we do the right things with our guys ... we’ve got peo­ple that are check­ing all the data.”

The death toll from the fires has climbed to 21 and 3,500 homes and busi­nesses have been dam­aged. Ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press, that makes th­ese fires the third-most deadly and de­struc­tive in Cal­i­for­nia his­tory.

“The air, it smells like some­one’s bar­be­cu­ing to be hon­est. That’s what I thought,” Raiders’ quar­ter­back Derek Carr said. “I didn’t know that it would travel like that. My heart re­ally goes out to the fam­i­lies though. When some­thing like that hap­pens and then some­one tells you what it re­ally is, you just sit there and think you’re for­tu­nate, you’re blessed.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all the fam­i­lies that have lost houses, loved ones. That kind of stuff, that’s real life. That’s hard. Be­ing 2-3 is not hard when we re­ally think about it. Do­ing that kind of stuff, that’s what’s re­ally hard. Our prayers are with them that they can have peace and en­cour­age­ment.”

• The Raiders’ Wed­nes­day in­jury re­port was the long­est of the sea­son, with 11 play­ers ei­ther lim­ited or out.

Six play­ers sat out al­to­gether: cor­ner­back Gareon Con­ley (shin), cor­ner­back An­to­nio Hamilton (knee), line­backer Cory James (knee), line­backer Mar­quel Lee (an­kle), full­back Jamize Olawale (con­cus­sion) and tight end Lee Smith (knee).

Five oth­ers were lim­ited: Carr (back), cor­ner­back David Amer­son (shoul­der), wide re­ceiver Amari Cooper (knee), right guard Gabe Jack­son (foot) and run­ning back DeAn­dre Wash­ing­ton (ham­string).

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