Richard Seymour entered Sunday's game against the Patriots fueled by two-plus years of resentment for his trade from New England to Oakland . . . and his failure to control his emotions cost his team dearly in the first quarter.
Seymour was nailed for two penalties -- including an inexcusable roughing-the-passer penalty for hurling Tom Brady to the ground on a third-and-nine after play had been stopped for a delay-of-game call against the Pats -- that accounted for 25 of the 80 yards New England covered in a touchdown drive that gave the Patriots a 7-3 lead after one quarter.
Seymour also committed a face-mask penalty on a two-yard run by BenJarvus Green-Ellis, which moved the ball from the Oakland 45 to the Oakland 32. It took Tom Brady just three plays -- runs of 15 yards by Stevan Ridley and 2 yards by Green-Ellis, and a 15-yard pass to Wes Welker set up by a beautiful pick from Chad Ochocinco -- to get the Pats in from there, giving them a 7-3 lead.
The Raiders, given a short field when the opening kickoff by Stephan Gostkowski went out of bounds, had taken a 3-0 lead on a chip-shot, 28-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski.
Training camp practices begin on Thursday for the Patriots, but the team will be without a handful of projected starters when workouts begin.
Receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, running back Dion Lewis, tight end Clay Harbor and offensive linemen Sebastian Vollmer, Shaq Mason and Tre' Jackson will all begin on the active/physically unable to play list.
All players on active/PUP will count against the team's active 90-man roster, but none will be eligible to practice until they come off of the PUP list. Players can be removed from PUP at any time.
Lewis, Harbor and Mason all participated in spring practices at some point, but their inclusion on the PUP list indicates that they could use more time to heal. Edelman, Amendola, Jackson and Vollmer were not spotted during spring practices that were open to the media.
Other players who were not seen during spring camps -- such as Logan Ryan, Duron Harmon, Nate Solder, LeGarrette Blount and Josh Kline -- have not been added to the PUP list at this time and could be available for camp when practices begin.
The NFL and NFLPA have unveiled a new concussion protocol enforcement policy, which can take draft picks from offending teams.
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