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NFL: Raiders re-sign best player. Key Week 2 injuries


December 2, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece (45) runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns during the first quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

If you want to eventually become a good NFL team, you’ll keep resigning your best players and building around the. Well, the Oakland Raiders’ best player is a fullback, but nevertheless, they’ve decided to re-sign arguable their best player in FB Marcel Reece:

The Raiders announced Friday they’d signed Reece to a three-year contract extension. Reece is coming off his first Pro Bowl season, during which he showed off his rushing skills (4.6 yards-per-carry) with 496 receiving yards on 52 catches.

Injuries in the NFL are always unfortunate for the player going through them, but the can be the breakthrough opportunity for someone sitting behind him, and that could be the case in Indianapolis. After the Colts lost running back Vick Ballard to a season-ending knee injury suffered in practice on Thursday, the team is left with a lot of uncertainty at the RB position.

To help fill the void, the Colts will sign practice squad back Kerwynn Williams. Williams will join Ahmad Bradshaw and Donald Brown on the 53-man roster.

Seattle Seahawks starting defensive end Chris Clemons (knee) is not expected to return in Week 2. Clemons did participate in practice for a second straight day Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

49ers RB/KR LaMichael James (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Seahawks, but because he missed his third consecutive practice Friday he’s expected to be inactive for Week 2.

San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o missed Monday’s opener against the Houston Texans because of a right foot injury, and the latest report is he won’t be on the field this week when the Chargers take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

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