Silver & Black weekly wrap-up (Seymour, Branch & more)
The NFL came down on Richard Seymour, imposing a $30,000 fine on the defensive tackle for his actions during last weekend’s game versus the Miami Dolphins.
Seymour was ejected after punching lineman Richie Incognito – his third ejection in as many years. The Oakland Raiders acquired Seymour prior to the 2009 season, and he was fined $10,000 and booted from a game against the Cleveland Browns that campaign. Last season, he was tossed when he went after Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and eventually fined $25,000.
Hue Jackson was frustrated with Richard Seymour‘s ejection last weekend, stating, “I told him he can’t get kicked out of the game, he’s one of the rocks on this football team.”
This week, defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan talked up his strong safety and his place among other strong safeties in the conference.
“Tyvon [Branch] is, in my mind, a Pro Bowl player, without a doubt,” Raiders Bresnahan commented. “This is a guy who, every game, he comes with his ‘A’ game. Effort wise, tenacity wise, playing physical and doing what you ask him to do. And we do move him around.”
Branch leads the team in tackles (88), has one interception and one fumble recovery in 2011. He recorded his first sack of the season two-weeks ago versus the Chicago Bears, but what goes unnoticed is his versatility and the diverse way Bresnahan uses him throughout the formation.
Bresnahan stated: “He plays safety in base, he plays nickel in nickel, he plays in a corner position in our big package against big personnel. He does anything we ask him. He never says a word. He comes out and practices a thousand miles-an-hour every day at practice.”
For Branch, pro-bowl talk is nice, but there’s only one objective in his mind right now, “Man, I just want to get to the playoffs,” Branch said. “That’s what I tell people. I’m doing my part to try to get us to the playoffs. And whatever comes of that, it just happens.”
Oakland will have their walk-thru today outside to get acclimated to the weather in Green Bay.
“We’re not going to worry about the elements,” Jackson said. “We’re a weather-proof football team. Snow, rain, hot cold, we got to play. That’s just the way it goes.”
Bresnahan realizes the importance of the Oakland run game this weekend, as it pertains to his defenses’ ability to stop the Packers. “You’re not going to eliminate the plays in this game but you have to minimize them and keep it within a good realm of keeping in our offense in the game, and then we got to limit their series,” Bresnahan said. “The best way to keep guys like that out of the end zone is to keep them on the sideline.”
Jason Campbell is rehabilitating his broken right collarbone, and could be ready for more extensive team workouts in the coming weeks. “I have a plan for Jason, and we’ll just continue to exercise that,” Jackson said. “I knew it could be a little bit longer than what everybody thought, and it has taken some time, but that’s OK. We’re in pretty good shape as far as that’s concerned, so we’ll just continue to move forward and stick with the plan that way.”
The Packers will be without running back James Starks [ankle] and linebacker Desmond Bishop [calf]. Guard Josh Sitton will also be deactivated on Sunday.
Charles Woodson will play, and the status of linebacker A.J Hawk could be unclear till tomorrow morning.