Head Coach Jack Del Rio
Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio and Co. return home to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Sunday. In preparation for Sunday's game with the Baltimore Ravens, Del Rio wrapped up Week 5 of practice Friday by speaking with the media.
Opening Statement:"OK, Fast Friday. Ready to go. Had a good week of prep. Obviously, playing a good team here at home. Before you even have to ask, there are a lot of question marks on the injury report and that's what they are. I'm not going to really talk about injuries and what we may and may not do or who we may or may not play or when and all that kind of stuff, when we're going to utilize people. Not going to get into all of that. We do have a number of people who are questionable. We have time before we tee it up. They'll remain a question mark until we make the final decision. Questions other than that?"
Q: What would you say is the significance of this three game homestand?
Coach Del Rio:"Yeah, one at a time. Looking back, we've played three of four on the road. It's good to be home this week. I'm fired up about it."
**Q: Is Derek Carr pushing you? Is he asking to play or does he understand it's your call?
Coach Del Rio:"Yeah. That's what all competitors – you would hope – they would do."
Q: Would you say he's ahead of schedule?
Coach Del Rio:"I think Donald [Penn] did that for us yesterday."
Q: Can you confirm Penn's report?
Coach Del Rio:"No. I was aware of it. I'm aware of it, but no, we prefer to keep our business in house."
Q: What does it mean to have grass on the whole field? Is that a factor?
Coach Del Rio:"Yeah, it's, I don't know if I'd call it a benefit. It's the way it should be. It should be grass all the time. Hopefully, they'll get that rectified going forward because frankly it's a little embarrassing to play on the cinderblock. We'll tolerate it when we have to, but we're definitely looking forward to having a full field of grass."
Q: Has David Amerson cleared concussion protocol?
Coach Del Rio:"I believe he has. I believe we listed him a questionable. Is that correct?"