Raiders notes: Allen returns after father's death

Published: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 - 5:38 pm

OAKLAND – Coach Dennis Allen said after the Raiders' 26-13 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday that it was important to him to rejoin the team for the game following the death of his father, Grady, earlier in the week.

Allen had flown home to Texas to be with family on Sunday.

"I went home on Sunday and took my father off life support, and that's not easy to do," Allen said. "But I know my father would want me to be here with this football team, and I wanted to be here with this football team."

Grady Allen, a former NFL linebacker, died of heart problems at 66, the Raiders confirmed.

"I've received a lot of support from a lot of different people," Dennis Allen said. "This organization has been outstanding to me as far as that's concerned – the players, the coaches, as well as countless friends, family, even people around the league have been very supportive in this situation."

McFadden hurt – Running back Darren McFadden did not finish the game after re-aggravating the high ankle sprain that kept him out of the previous four games, Allen said.

McFadden had one big run for 36 yards right after halftime and finished with 11 carries for 52 yards and two catches for 12 yards and a touchdown.

"I don't really know exactly where it is; I just know he wasn't able to finish the game," Allen said. "Concern is more with the injuries in the secondary."

Cornerback Michael Huff left the game with a wrist injury, and safety Matt Giordano had to be helped off the field in the third quarter.

Stadium – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was on hand to participate in a fan forum with Raiders ticket holders before the game.

Afterward, he told reporters that the league would be open to helping fund a stadium for the Raiders in Oakland.

Goodell said the new collective bargaining agreement allows the NFL to provide up to $200 million to a new stadium project. He said the league wants to "continue to do what we can to make sure our teams stay in their communities."

The Raiders' current home, O.co Coliseum, opened in 1966. Goodell said stadiums are important because they are where the league presents its product, and to ensure the best possible experience for fans.

A new stadium for the 49ers is under construction in Santa Clara, but Goodell said that wouldn't discourage the league from contributing to a stadium for the Raiders in Oakland.

Goodell was also asked if the Raiders and 49ers could share the latter's stadium.

"That's an option if this community and the Raiders choose that," he said.

Inactive report – Defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who has been battling knee and hamstring problems, was inactive for the fifth consecutive game.

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