Smoky air quality forces Raiders to alter practice

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders adjusted their practice schedule Wednesday because of poor air quality resulting from the wildfires in nearby wine country.

The Raiders took the practice field in smoky conditions with even some ash falling from the sky. The Environmental Protection Agency said the air was "unhealthy" in Alameda, about 40 miles from the fires.

The Raiders shortened their practice by eliminating individual drills in an effort to limit the amount of time players spent outside.

Coach Jack Del Rio said earlier in the day that the team had people monitoring the air quality to determine whether it was safe to practice.

"We think we're OK to work today in this," he said. "We're monitoring the different levels of smoke that is here and we're going to make sure we do the right things with our guys."

Oakland later decided to reschedule Thursday's practice, having it start at 11 a.m.

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