First quarter: Patriots 7, Raiders 3

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First quarter: Patriots 7, Raiders 3

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.

Collins, Hightower mum on contract talks

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Collins, Hightower mum on contract talks

FOXBORO – A fleet of Patriots have expiring contracts after this season but Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins are the two most prominent on that list.

With the sport being the way it is – a nearly 100-percent casualty rate every season – it’s never comfortable for a player to enter a contract year without knowing his long-term future. And it’s especially uncomfortable for players whose first contracts are expiring because the second NFL contract is usually the bonanza.

Both Hightower and Collins can entertain thoughts of contracts worth more than $50M if good fortune sticks with them.

The question as it pertains to both of these players is whether they get contract extensions this summer or whether they go into the year with contract pressure bearing down and ultimately become free agents.

Neither player was very forthcoming after their OTA practice Thursday.

With Collins, that’s often the case. He’s never been expansive with media. It was very uncharacteristic for Hightower to be so clipped in his answers, though.

Every question posed to Hightower was met with a variation of, “I’m just trying to get better.”

Asked about his contract, Hightower replied, “I ain’t got nothing to do with none of that. I’m just out here trying to get better with my teammates.”

When it was pointed out that Hightower does indeed have say on his contract, he answered, “That might be. But there’s a time and place for everything and I’m just out here trying to get better.

“If I get better I feel like that’ll take care of everything else,” he added. “If I get better each and every day that’s all I can ask for.”

Asked whether he’s at all focused on his deal, Collins replied, “No, I come out here and I handle my business and I let the rest speak for itself … My first priority is me. So I’m gonna handle me."
 

Ravens forfeit one week of OTAs, fined by NFL

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Ravens forfeit one week of OTAs, fined by NFL

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens have forfeited one week of offseason practices for violating the labor agreement on such workouts.

The NFL also fined the team an undisclosed amount Thursday.

When the Ravens had rookies and first-year players don pads at a minicamp, it was a violation of the CBA rules. The team acknowledged that on Thursday, saying: "We made a mistake and we are sorry for that. We accept the NFL discipline."

Baltimore's June 1-3 voluntary workouts have been scrapped. The team will have OTAs on June 6-9 and a mandatory minicamp June 14-16.

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