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ALAMEDA Lee Smith Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie abruptly retired Tuesday, two days after not playing a single snap on defense for the second time this season.The two-time Pro Bowl defensive back made the announcement on social media , not long after notifying team officials of his decision to call it quits after seven games with the Raiders.“Just a shocker to see him gone because he was a great teammate and a great player for us,” cornerback Rashaan Melvin said. “He showed us how to cherish the game and approach it the right way. He’s always dancing, always rapping, always singing. Just showing his personality no matter what, through the ups and downs.”Rodgers-Cromartie’s retirement came hours before the NFL trade deadline, during which the Raiders were surprisingly quiet.Oakland had been one of the busiest teams over the past two months, acquiring three first-round picks in deals that sent pass-rush specialist Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears days before the season opener and wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys last week.There had been speculation the Raiders might be willing to make additional deals but the deadline passed without one. Outside of Rodgers-Cromartie retiring and the team activating James Cowser from the practice squad, Oakland made no other roster moves.“We know who we have going forward and it’s on us to go out there and execute and play well and try and stick around Frostee Rucker Jersey ,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “You want to make sure that you’re around, what’s the plan, all those things. I think that was on a lot of guys’ minds. Just knowing that that’s almost over with and we’re just playing ball, it’s nice for our guys.”The 16th-overall pick in 2008, Rodgers-Cromartie played for five teams during his 11-year career. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 2009 with the Arizona Cardinals and again in 2015 with the New York Giants.The 32-year-old was signed by the Raiders just before the regular season to add experience to a secondary that was in the midst of an overhaul.Rodgers-Cromartie was on the field for 20 defensive plays in Week 1 but had been playing mostly on special teams since then. He did not play on defense during Sunday’s 42-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts but took 22 snaps on special teams.Rodgers-Cromartie is the second NFL cornerback to retire since the start of the season. Vontae Davis of the Buffalo Bills stunned his teammates when he announced his decision at halftime of their Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.“When something like that happens, I’d rather it happen that way than halftime of a game,” Carr said. “I understand what he’s doing, I understand why. Coach addressed it with us and he said, ‘Text him, everyone show him love Maxx Crosby Oakland Raiders Jersey , congratulate him on a great career.’ There’s no hard feelings at all.” The Raiders no longer have a streak. And neither do the Browns.Oakland survived a ridiculous back-and-forth game, and put it away in the 68th minute on Matt McCrane‘s 29-yard field goal for a 45-42 overtime win.The win stopped their three-game losing skid to open the second Jon Gruden era, though it was far from easy. McCrane himself missed two field goals earlier in the game, creating plenty of tension.For the Browns, it denied a chance for a two-game winning streak.The last time the Browns won back-to-back games, Mike Pettine was their head coach, and after beating the Bengals and Buccaneers in November 2014, they were a clean 6-3. They proceeded to win five of their next 57 games.Now they’re still waiting.The game featured wild swings in either direction, with the Browns following Baker Mayfield‘s pick-six in the first quarter with 17 unanswered points, and the Raiders digging out of a 28-14 hole in the second half with 20 unanswered of their own.聽But the Browns seemed to make more of the big plays at opportune times Maxx Crosby Oakland Raiders Jersey , with Nick Chubb‘s 41-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter appearing to seal things. From a timing standpoint, it appeared even better than his 63-yarder early in the game.The game featured plenty of mistakes, with fumbles in weird places, and three interceptions between the quarterbacks. And what appeared to be a conversion late in the game which would have allowed the Browns to kill the clock was overturned on review. The Raiders then sent it to overtime with a touchdown and two-point conversion, with Derek Carr coolly moving them into position to even things up in the last minute.It was that kind of game.Baker Mayfield was 21-of-41 for 295 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in his first start. Mayfield also fumbled twice.Carr had to deal with injuries up front (right tackle Donald Penn left with a leg injury) and drops, and was 35-of-58 for 437 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
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