NFL expected to decide Friday if Chargers-Raiders game must be moved from Oakland


Wildfires could force Marshawn Lynch and the Raiders to play elsewhere Sunday. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The NFL expects to make a decision Friday on whether the Chargers-Raiders game can be played as scheduled Sunday in Oakland.

Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications and public affairs, said in a conference call with reporters Friday morning that the league, based on its handling of similar situations, would not wait until the day before a game to decide if it must be relocated.

Lockhart said the primary consideration on whether to play the game in Oakland is the air quality, with wildfires raging in Northern California. The Raiders reportedly cut short their practice Wednesday and some players wore masks on the practice field Thursday.

As of Friday morning, Lockhart said, the game remained scheduled to be played in Oakland.

The game, if moved, likely would be played in an NFL stadium, Lockhart said. He did not comment on specific alternatives.

Officials in San Diego, the former home of the Chargers before they moved to Los Angeles for this season, reportedly would be receptive to hosting the game if it cannot be played in Oakland.