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Coach said Richard Seymour has arthritis, Seymour says otherwise


Raiders coach Dennis Allen and defensive lineman Richard Seymour have offered conflicting opinions about the balky knee that has limited Seymour during the preseason.

“It’s more of a maintenance deal with Richard,” Allen said on Sunday. “He’s got some arthritis, basically, in his knee. So, he gets a little pain, a little swelling, we got to be able to manage that.”

But the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Seymour was surprised to hear that diagnosis and said today that he doesn’t have arthritis. When Allen addressed Seymour’s situation today, he omitted the word “arthritis.”

“It’s the same issues that he’s been dealing with for a while now,” Allen said of Seymour. “It’s nothing more than some tendinitis, and it’s something that you’re going to have to manage. And when you get into regular-season games, you play through some of that stuff.”

What Allen and Seymour agree on is that Seymour’s knee requires plenty of rest. And that’s no surprise for a 32-year-old who has spent 11 seasons playing defensive line in the NFL. Regardless of whether he has been diagnosed with arthritis or not, Seymour’s knee — like the knees of a lot of aging veterans — is showing the wear and tear that comes from playing pro football.

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16 Responses to “Coach said Richard Seymour has arthritis, Seymour says otherwise”
  1. 808raiderinparadise says: Aug 27, 2012 5:59 PM

    Tommy Kelly, Desomnd Bryant, Jack Crawford, Bilukidid, Dominque Hamilton …. we good.

  2. nflhof says: Aug 27, 2012 6:08 PM

    Let the disarray and mayhem begin in Oakland. Coach and star player begun season in miscommunication and denials. Last place again for the Oakland Raiders.

  3. tabdanger says: Aug 27, 2012 6:14 PM

    Lucky for the Raiders they have tremendous depth on the D Line..

  4. gojags says: Aug 27, 2012 6:18 PM

    I;ve more respect to Seymour than ever before. this guy is a star player and have played through this kinda issues in his great professional career.

  5. dawsonleery says: Aug 27, 2012 6:21 PM

    Desmond Bryant from Harvard is a stud. He should get more playing time.

  6. commitment2excrement says: Aug 27, 2012 6:35 PM

    Maybe that’s why he has been largely missing from the stat sheets the last couple of years…

  7. mullman76 says: Aug 27, 2012 6:44 PM

    ….Shaughnessy & Houston as well.

    The RAIDERS defense will be solid this year if the CBs can hold up.

  8. tinbender2000 says: Aug 27, 2012 6:55 PM

    Arthritis, Tendinitis, whatever. Nobody likes to hear “arthritis”, makes it sound like an old persons problem. Trouble is 11 years of football = 30-40 years wear on the knee. It’s like the word “Meniscus”. Mine’s pretty much gone and I need surgery. Bet it would be cheaper if they still called it “cartilage”.

  9. chadinkc30 says: Aug 27, 2012 7:20 PM

    Last place in division has been awhile bud!

  10. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 27, 2012 7:29 PM

    Coach and player disagree..hahaha! how old is the Coach again?

  11. radrntn says: Aug 27, 2012 7:36 PM

    it seems to hurt in the pre season , and camp, and feels great by opening day…….That is all Phillip Rivers, and the rest of the chargers need to know come Monday night.

  12. dbones750 says: Aug 27, 2012 9:13 PM

    Old players have bad knees. You heard it here.

  13. lance19 says: Aug 27, 2012 9:36 PM

    “It’s the same issues that he’s been dealing with for a while now,” Allen said of Seymour. “It’s nothing more than some herpes. Wait! I’m not a doctor, am I? Maybe I should just stop guessing about stuff I’m no expert on!”

  14. raiderapologist says: Aug 27, 2012 9:58 PM

    At 15 million one dollar bills, this is probably Seymour’s last year in Oakland, at least at that pay grade. But he’s still better than most guys his age, and will do some damage this season.

  15. trevor123698 says: Aug 27, 2012 11:24 PM

    I wish I could tell him about youngevity. its a shame we all dont know. some beyond tangy tangerine and osteo FX would be a miracle to the entire NFL along with the litany of other products they offer. THe owner that pays for these products for his team is the owner that wins it all

  16. joetoronto says: Aug 28, 2012 6:20 AM

    He had the same issue last year but like others have said , the depth on the DL is exceptional.

    The pressure they generate will help the secondary immensely.

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