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Raiders hope Antonio Smith is healthy in time for some of OTAs

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Signing defensive lineman Antonio Smith was part of the Raiders’ plan to bring their defense back to respectability in 2014, but they’ll need to wait a little while before he’s able to fully participate in the team’s preparations for the coming season.

Smith injured himself weightlifting earlier this month and while we don’t know exactly how Smith was injured, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN reported a while back that he had to have surgery to correct the problem. General Manager Reggie McKenzie said at the time that Smith would be “fine,” and coach Dennis Allen provided a bit of an update while talking to reporters during the Raiders’ rookie minicamp.

“We’ll have to see how he responds,” Allen said, via CSNBayArea.com. “He’s been doing really well. We’re going to try and play that by ear. I’m hopeful we’ll have him out here for at least some of the OTAs or the [June 9-12 mandatory] minicamp.”

It doesn’t sound like there’s much concern that Smith’s injury is going to impact him during the season, which should mean that he’s playing a major role as an interior pass rusher up front for the Raiders. With Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley and rookie Khalil Mack also on the roster, that pass rush looks much better across the board as long as Smith and company can stay healthy.

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11 Responses to “Raiders hope Antonio Smith is healthy in time for some of OTAs”
  1. williamwallacewouldhavebeenaraider says: May 19, 2014 9:34 AM

    C’mon Raider haters bring it!!! Bring all your silly comments. Raiders on the Rise!!!!!!!!!

  2. snowdood163 says: May 19, 2014 9:45 AM

    6-10

  3. dengefever63 says: May 19, 2014 10:18 AM

    6-10 would be an improvement over last year..
    GO RAIDERS

  4. slick50ks says: May 19, 2014 10:49 AM

    This years dumpster dive has the fade fans all giddy.

    It’s going to be extra hilarious this season as the losses add up to another double digit loss season.

    Preseason champs again!!!

  5. jimmysee says: May 19, 2014 11:30 AM

    Meanwhile, whatever happened to Anthony Wayne Smith, ex-Raider who has had his own problems with the law (including multiple murder charges).

  6. raiderrob68 says: May 19, 2014 11:33 AM

    Chargers are beatable, KC lost a lot of good players and will fall hard, and Denver is riding EVERYTHING on the best QB in the history of the game (during the regular season, anyway) who is 38 with a gimpy neck.
    A lot of unexpected things can happen in this division. Go RAIDERS!

  7. bradywolverine12 says: May 19, 2014 12:38 PM

    Just remember Raider fans now that ur team is built “Pass Rush” strong! Go after that scare little bitch QB that lost the superbowl

  8. raiderapologist says: May 19, 2014 6:08 PM

    slick50ks says: May 19, 2014 10:49 AM

    This years dumpster dive has the fade fans all giddy.
    ——-
    J’Marcus Webb thinks that’s funny.

  9. samurai619 says: May 19, 2014 11:53 PM

    By the way, William Wallace would have never been a Rump Raider!!! He would have most definitely been a SUPER CHARGER!!!

  10. evansvc says: May 20, 2014 9:38 PM

    What would it hurt??? Bring in Vince Young and give him a fair and honest tryout….

  11. noblehopoil says: Jun 4, 2014 12:55 PM

    “samurai619 says: May 19, 2014 11:53 PM

    By the way, William Wallace would have never been a Rump Raider!!! He would have most definitely been a SUPER CHARGER!!!”

    By the way, William Wallace would NOT have never been a Super Choker!!! He would have most definitely been a SUPER RAIDER!!!

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