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A glorious Saturday afternoon is winding down in the East Bay as the folks in Oakland and environs enjoyed an 80 degree day with clear blue skies and low humidity.

It wasn’t a day of rest for the Oakland Raiders, as they continued to make news leading up to Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. There were these late news items:

  • The Raiders signed K Dave Rayner, who kicked for the Chiefs back in 2007. Rayner’s signing is related to the left hamstring injury of Sebastian Janikowski. Now, whether that means Seabass is out of Sunday’s game remains to be seen. Rayner could be insurance.
  • Making room for Rayner, the Raiders released DB Ron Parker.
  • More speculation on Saturday that Kyle Boller will be the starter at quarterback against the Chiefs. Despite comments from offensive coordinator Al Saunders that Carson Palmer would play if he was breathing, it’s now rumored that Boller will start. Whether he finishes is another matter.
  • Also word is that Terrelle Pryor will get a few snaps as well in some special packages of plays. He’s finally eligible after serving an NFL suspension and then a two-week roster exemption.
  • The Raiders will watch carefully Sunday morning the condition of two key defensive starters: DT Richard Seymour (knee) and MLB Rolando McClain (ankle). Neither practiced on Friday, but Oakland head coach Hue Jackson said he expects Seymour will be ready to play. He didn’t say the same thing about McClain.

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