Injuries to key Raiders last season started early in training camp, picked up steam soon after the regular season began and continued in earnest the rest of the way. The good news for the Raiders is, all of those players are back to full strength, or darned near, and poised to hit the ground running
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."