- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN Staff Writer
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As expected, the Oakland Raiders ruled running back Darren McFadden out of Sunday’s game at the New York Giants as he did not practice this week after reaggravating his right hamstring in last weekend’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
McFadden, who has never played more than 13 games in a season and will now have missed 15 of Oakland’s last 34 games, will be joined by rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden, the No. 12 overall draft pick who endured a rough game against the Eagles and strained his groin in practice Wednesday.
The two high-profile players were among six ruled out by Oakland on Friday, which means second-round pick Menelik Watson will start at right tackle and face Giants defensive end Justin Tuck. Phillip Adams will replace Hayden in the Raiders’ nickel defense.
Also, cornerback Tracy Porter practiced on a limited basis Friday with a shoulder injury after practicing without restrictions the previous two days. Place-kicker Sebastian Janikowski and receiver Andre Holmes practiced full after being limited on Thursday.
Here's the Raiders’ status report for Sunday:
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