For the third straight season, the Raiders will be without cornerback Nevin Lawson as a result of a suspension. For the second time, the suspension comes as a result of a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Fortunately for the Raiders, they have Trayvon Mullen and Damon Arnette as their primary starters. Lawson,
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."