Wildfires may move Raiders’ home game
League explores venue options for Oakland-San Diego matchup Sunday.
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.