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Tue, 16 Jul 2002 09:35:29 -0700
The Contra Costa Times reports Oakland Raiders LB William Thomas made official his retirement by notifying the league. There had been some talk he was going to change his mind.
Sat, 01 Jun 2002 08:55:35 -0700
John Clayton reports for ESPN the Oakland Raiders will not place G Steve Wisniewski or LB William Thomas on the retirement list just yet. The team is holding out hope that both players might decide to play this season. The Raiders won't do anything until July when they need the money, but at this time it looks like neither player will be back in 2002.
Fri, 08 Mar 2002 11:59:24 -0800
While Oakland Raiders LB William Thomas said he was retiring following the 2001 season, the Contra Costa Times reports that may not be the case. According to Raiders senior assistant Bruce Allen, Thomas plans to inform the Raiders of his final decision within the next month or so.
Sun, 20 Jan 2002 18:27:27 -0800
The Associated Press reports, in addition to the previously announced retirement of OL Steve Wisniewski, LB William Thomas also said he plans to retire. CB Eric Allen also suggested it might be his final year.
Fri, 09 Nov 2001 17:14:41 -0800
According to ESPN's John Clayton, Oakland Raiders CB Charles Woodson (turf toe) wasn't able to practice again on Friday and continued to sport a walking boot to protect his injured toe. LB William Thomas (hamstring) will be a game time decision this weekend. LB Elijah Alexander (knee) isn't expected to play again. He'll be replaced by Travian Smith. FS Anthony Dorsett (knee) practiced on Friday and should be available for this weekend's game.
Thu, 08 Nov 2001 20:56:57 -0800
Jonathan Okanes reports for the Contra Costa Times Oakland Raiders OLB William Thomas came down with a tight hamstring during Thursday morning's workout and was held out of the afternoon session. He is now listed as questionable for Sunday's game. If Thomas is unable to play, Eric Barton would start in his place. Fellow OLB Elijah Alexander (knee) is "extremely questionable" for Sunday, coach Jon Gruden said.
Mon, 03 Sep 2001 23:21:10 -0700
Steve Corkran reports for the Contra Costa Times now only one spot is open in the Oakland Raiders starting lineup, who starts at WR opposite Tim Brown. The candidates are Jerry Rice, James Jett and Jerry Porter. OL Barry Sims said Monday coach Jon Gruden told him he had beat out Matt Stinchcomb for the starting spot at offensive left tackle. Also, LB Eric Barton said he was told LB William Thomas will retain his starting spot on the weak-side for the second straight season. Gruden was unavailable for comment Monday. Gruden said he will announce Wednesday who will start opposite Brown.
Thu, 30 Aug 2001 05:40:44 -0700
The San Jose Mercury News reports Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden said a few starting positions are still on the line. The battles include Matt Stinchcomb vs. Barry Sims at left tackle and William Thomas vs. Eric Barton at weak-side linebacker. Stinchcomb and Thomas have started every pre-season game. Gruden said Barry Sims could start this week's game.
Mon, 30 Jul 2001 20:58:52 -0700
John Ryan reports for the San Jose Mercury News Oakland Raiders LB Eric Barton is doing all he can in training camp to gain a starting job with the team. "This is where you change coaches' minds," said Barton. Monday he came up with the biggest hit of training camp so far against RB Terry Kirby on the goal-line. Barton has tough competition for a starting job including last year's starter, William Thomas. "Barton's playing well right now," Coach Jon Gruden said.
Sun, 29 Jul 2001 20:40:15 -0700
The San Jose Mercury News reports Oakland Raiders LB William Thomas, who missed Saturday's practice due to a personal matter, returned to practice on Sunday. RB Zack Crockett, who was attending a family funeral, was expected to return Sunday night.
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