Wild­fires may move Raiders’ home game

League explores venue op­tions for Oakland-San Diego matchup Sun­day.

The Times-Tribune - - National Football League -

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 the league is get­ting up­dates on the sit­u­a­tion from both teams and from city of­fi­cials in Oakland.

If the NFL de­cides 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.


At Cincin­nati, tight end Tyler Eifert will miss the rest of the sea­son with a back in­jury that has put his ca­reer in jeop­ardy.

The fifth-year vet­eran missed half of last sea­son with an­kle and back in­juries. He had surgery on a disc in his back last De­cem­ber. He ag­gra­vated it in the sec­ond game this sea­son, forc­ing him to con­sider an­other pro­ce­dure. He’s been in­ac­tive for the past three games and was put on in­jured re­serve Thurs­day.


At Nashville, Tenn., wide re­ceiver Rishard Matthews said he would be done play­ing foot­ball when asked on Twit­ter if he would ac­cept a fine or penalty if the NFL in­sti­tuted a new rule for the na­tional an­them, then later deleted the tweet.

Matthews’ re­sponse Thurs­day to a re­porter from his ver­i­fied ac­count was cap­tured by a screen grab.


At Green Bay, Wis., in­jured run­ning back Ty Mont­gomery has a chance to play Sun­day at Min­nesota.

Mont­gomery was listed as full par­tic­i­pant for a sec­ond straight day Thurs­day while wear­ing a flak jacket to pro­tect bro­ken ribs sus­tained against Chicago on Sept. 28. The prac­tice Thurs­day was the lone padded work­out of the week and a key in de­ter­min­ing his avail­abil­ity.


At Los An­ge­les, line­backer Alec Ogle­tree agreed to a four-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with the Rams through the 2021 sea­son.

The Rams (3-2) an­nounced the deal Thurs­day night with their top tack­ler and a key leader on their de­fense.

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