ALAMEDA, Calif. - Richard Seymour ended his five-day holdout and joined the Raiders on Saturday, saying he was initially "blindsided" by the trade from the Patriots.
Seymour was acquired a week ago today for a 2011 first-round draft pick but did not report to the Raiders, raising speculation he did not want to join Oakland.
In his first public comments since the deal, Seymour told the Boston Herald on Saturday that he was taken aback when New England coach Bill Belichick told him of the trade, which sent the defensive lineman from one of the NFL's model franchises to the one with the worst record over the past six years.
"First of all, I was blindsided by this whole event," Seymour said. "When you get blindsided, you should take a moment to gather your thoughts. I have a lot of personal issues more pressing than football."
Seymour, who turns 30 next month, has four children and is the guardian of a 15-year-old cousin, who had recently joined him in the Boston area. Seymour said his family will return to South Carolina, and he flew to Oakland on Saturday to join his new team. He was scheduled to talk at a news conference late Saturday.
Coach Tom Cable told his team after practice that the five-time Pro Bowl player was joining the team and would play Monday night against the Chargers.
Cable: Garcia asked to be released
Former Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia, released by the Raiders last week, asked for the move, coach Tom Cable said.
"It was a shock to us all," the coach told ESPN. "We were blown away."
Cable said Bruce Gradkowski, another former Buc, had won the backup job that Garcia, 39, was expected to keep.
Browns: Rookie running back James Davis sustained an unspecified head injury in a minor one-car accident and was briefly hospitalized. He is questionable for today's game.
49ers: Tight end Vernon Davis has been selected as one of the team captains, coming a long way since being kicked off the field by Mike Singletary with more than 10 minutes left in a game last season for behavior the coach didn't like.
Patriots: Receiver Wes Welker (knee), who missed much of the preseason, is questionable for Monday's game, but reports were that the injury was not serious and he was likely to start.
Saints: The league would not say if the suspensions of defensive ends Charles Grant and Will Smith for taking Starcaps, a weight-loss supplement that contains a banned substance, would take effect this week despite a court overturning the suspensions of Vikings Kevin and Pat Williams for the same offense, Profootballtalk.com reported.
Vikings: Tarvaris Jackson will be the primary backup quarterback to starter Brett Favre, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.