League has no comment about Kelechi Osemele surprise scratch

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On Thursday morning, Raiders offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele became sufficiently ill to get treatment at a Kansas City-area hospital. But the Raiders didn’t disclose that development, as required by league rules.

Then, 90 minutes before kickoff, Osemele appeared on the inactive list, and news of the illness emerged for the first time.

The NFL tells PFT  that it has no comment on the situation. The same thing happened a year ago, when Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen became ill before a Sunday afternoon game with the Chiefs but the illness wasn’t revealed. The league reportedly planned to investigate the matter, but no resolution ever was reported or announced.

The dilemma for the league office in these situation arises from the importance of enforcing the rules on one hand and a desire on the other to not unnecessarily expose the fact that liberties were taken with rules aimed at eliminating a window of opportunity for gamblers to acquire inside information.

On Thursday, that window was wide open. Osemele was sick, and he was in jeopardy or not playing. At some point before the moment at which the Raiders were required to submit their list of inactive players, they decided he wouldn’t be able to play.

The information about Osemele, their most important offensive lineman, was there to be had. And the Chiefs, favored by three points, eventually covered the spread.

Now, fast forward by a few years and imagine the reaction if this had happened not with the Oakland Raiders but the Las Vegas Raiders.

If nothing else, it should give the owners something to chew on this week when they hear from the league office a report aimed at persuading them to give Oakland a chance to keep the team.

19 responses to “League has no comment about Kelechi Osemele surprise scratch

  1. “Imagine the reaction if this had happened not with the Oakland Raiders but the Las Vegas Raiders.”

    The NFL has bigger fish to fry, like the incompetence and or crookedness of officials.

  2. It was very evident during the game that David Carr, Crabtree and Cooper were terrified of getting hit by the Chiefs ferocious defense.

    Its highly likely that Kelechi Osemele was also scared enough, that he simply made up an illness to get out of playing in the game. So he sat on the bench, avoided a beatdown, stayed healthy, and collected that paycheck.

    Raiders are cowardly, soft and easily intimidated. Kelechi Osemele is a perfect example. Chiefs Nation, Poe, Jones, Berry scared him to the point he bailed on his team to protect himself.

    The Kansas City Chiefs D O M I N A T E D , and B E A T D O W N the Raiders on national TV.

    Trump, and the Kansas City Chiefs………………………. Making America Great Again

  3. You have to love the Chiefs fans who have to celebrate beating the raiders since it’s been 46yrs since they celebrated or even snuffed a championship. It’s really sad and pathetic if you think about it

  4. While you are flagellating yourself over hitting Carr, did it occur to you that first sack and the performance of the line was because 70 was not there?

  5. raidernation210 says:
    Dec 10, 2016 10:20 AM

    You have to love the Chiefs fans who have to celebrate beating the raiders since it’s been 46yrs since they celebrated or even snuffed a championship. It’s really sad and pathetic if you think about it
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    Chiefs fans always celebrate beating the pathetic raiders. It’s called a rivalry, bozo. Though it hasn’t been much of a rivalry lately.

  6. mmack66 says:
    Dec 10, 2016 11:01 AM

    raidernation210 says:
    Dec 10, 2016 10:20 AM

    You have to love the Chiefs fans who have to celebrate beating the raiders since it’s been 46yrs since they celebrated or even snuffed a championship. It’s really sad and pathetic if you think about it
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    Chiefs fans always celebrate beating the pathetic raiders. It’s called a rivalry, bozo. Though it hasn’t been much of a rivalry lately.

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    The only thing that is pathetic is 46yrs of not winning or even sniffing a championship. you keep celebrating regular season victories and the Raiders will celebrate post season victories, something you Chiefs fans know nothing about

  7. The Vikings tampered with footballs in clear view on national TV and got a warning letter. No surprise they weren’t punished in any way.

    The Raiders on the other hand aren’t playing ball with the league’s wish that they stay in Oakland. That’s why the Aldon Smith reinstatement is being dragged out. I expect some sort of punishment for the Raiders unless Davis suddenly reverses course about the move to Vegas.

  8. Here is the comment” while staying at a Kansas City Hotel , Osemele ordered room service, where his food was poisoned, and had to be admitted to hospital.” LOL

  9. raidernation210 says:
    Dec 10, 2016 11:33 AM

    The only thing that is pathetic is 46yrs of not winning or even sniffing a championship. you keep celebrating regular season victories and the Raiders will celebrate post season victories, something you Chiefs fans know nothing about
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    Lol. It’s been 30+ years for the Raiders, unless you count there embarrassing blowout loss in Super Bowl 37.

  10. raidernation210 says:
    Dec 10, 2016 11:33 AM
    you keep celebrating regular season victories and the Raiders will celebrate post season victories, something you Chiefs fans know nothing about
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    Fun fact offered up by an NFC guy with no dog in the fight; KC fans celebrated a playoff victory last year, Oakland last celebrated a playoff win 15 years ago. Coincidentally that was the last time they even made the playoffs.

  11. Iknownothing is a braying donkey.

    Not too shocking since the buffoon voted for Drumph.

    Nice little fairy tale you’ve come up with.

    Good win for kc, but it’s not settled yet.

    Carry on.

    Go Raiders

  12. raidernation210 says:
    Dec 10, 2016 11:33 AM

    The only thing that is pathetic is 46yrs of not winning or even sniffing a championship. you keep celebrating regular season victories and the Raiders will celebrate post season victories, something you Chiefs fans know nothing about.

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    Not a Chiefs fan but how about you achieve post season success before you talk about celebrating it. Because last time I checked the Raiders didn’t make the post season since 2002(14 years) where they lost by 27 points in the Superbowl. You can talk about the Chiefs not winning one in 46 years but it also have been 32 years for the Raiders, but by all means celebrate that past post season victories.

  13. goodell yet again applies rules only to certain teams

    and if you’re the pats, you get concocted witch hunts floated out to the general public to see if you have support to frame

    enjoy everybody!

  14. The Packers did the same thing with Ty Montgomery the week of the Falcons’ game. The Packers knew all week that they weren’t playing him but held off until mid Sunday afternoon before declaring him out. (I think Schefter leaked the story out first) I think the excuse was that it was a “personal” health issue and the Packers felt like they didn’t have to report it.

  15. Iknowitall says:
    Dec 10, 2016 9:56 AM

    It was very evident during the game that David Carr, Crabtree and Cooper were terrified of getting hit by the Chiefs ferocious defense.
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    For a person that knows it all, you don’t seem to know the name of the Raiders QB.

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