Monday, November 25, 2013
Concussed Rivera cleared to play Cowboys
By Paul Gutierrez
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Rookie tight end Mychal Rivera, who took a vicious hit from Tennessee Titans free safety Michael Griffin that knocked his helmet off in the Oakland Raiders' 23-19 loss on Sunday, said he has passed his concussion tests and will play Thursday at Dallas.
“I have taken every step and I'm fully cleared,” Rivera said. “Saw the neurologist. I've taken all the tests and everything is good.”
Rivera said he also saw a replay of the hit, which cost Griffin a one-game suspension.
“It was pretty brutal,” Rivera said. “The really brutal thing about it was my helmet falling off and my head hitting the ground. It wasn't really the hit. The hit was pretty hard to my head but it was more my helmet falling off and (my head) hitting the ground.
“Michael Griffin sent me a text. He said the hit wasn't malicious. He was just doing his job. I really respected that from him. I hit him back and told him I respected he was just doing his job and I said we'd see each other again in the future.”
With a short week before a Thanksgiving Day game at the Cowboys.
“Obviously, being a short week, we have to have backup plans if those aren't able to go,” said coach Dennis Allen.
Following, then, is the Raiders' injury report for Monday:
Did not participate: SS Tyvon Branch (ankle), DE Jason Hunter (foot), Denarius Moore (shoulder)
Limited practice: LB Kevin Burnett (quad), CB Mike Jenkins (concussion), LB Kaluka Maiava (ribs), RB Darren McFadden (hamstring), LB Sio Moore (shoulder), DT Daniel Muir (knee), TE Mychal Rivera (concussion)