It’s the beauty of the Oakland Raiders’ running game, which is the best in the NFL.
They can afford to rest star Darren McFadden if he is not at full strength. Backup Michael Bush is the type of player who could standout if he started elsewhere. He will get the chance to start Sunday against the visiting Denver Broncos. As expected, McFadden will be rested with a foot injury he suffered in a Week 7 loss to Kansas City.
The Raiders are resting McFadden with the hopes that he is ready to play Thursday at San Diego.
The Raiders know their running game will be in fine hands with Bush.
Bush had 99 yards against the Chiefs while playing for McFadden. Bush -- who has 237 yards on 60 carries this season -- has started 10 games in his career.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are hoping kicker Sebastian Janikowski will be ready to kick Sunday. He has missed a game with a hamstring injury. He didn’t practice all week, but he will try to kick Saturday. If Janikowski is not ready, Dave Rayner will be signed to kick again for Oakland as he did against the Chiefs.
Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain has was limited Friday with an ankle injury and he is questionable to play Sunday. Safety Michael Huff is questionable with an ankle injury and cornerback Chris Johnson is out with groin and hamstring injuries.
For Denver running back Willis McGahee said he is expected to play after missing a game with a broken hand.
“It’s not like it was a knee or an ankle, or anything like that,” McGahee told reporters in Denver on Friday. “I had a fracture, and it got corrected. There isn’t more pain. I just need to take care of it. That’s about it.”