Wednesday, December 7, 2011
AFC West injury update
By Bill Williamson
If the Oakland Raiders are going to be the team to knock off the 12-0 Green Bay Packers, they may have to do it without their cache of speedy skill-position offensive players.
The Oakland Tribune reports running back Darren McFadden and receivers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore remain out of practice. They all have foot injuries. McFadden has missed five games, Ford has missed three games and Moore has missed two games.
The team was hopeful McFadden would be able to return to face Green Bay, but the fact that he is not practicing is not a good sign. Rookie running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), receiver Chaz Schilens (foot) and defensive tackle John Henderson (knee) are also not practicing in Oakland as well.
Denver rookie linebacker Von Miller practiced Wednesday with a cast on his right hand. He suffered a broken thumb 10 days ago at San Diego and he did not play at Minnesota this past Sunday. He may be limited some, but barring a setback, I’d expect Miller to play Sunday against the Bears.
However, Denver did have to practice without running back Willis McGahee (knee), left tackle Ryan Clady (knee) and receiver Eddie Royal (concussion). McGahee told reporters Wednesday that he expects to play Sunday against Chicago.
In Kansas City, center Casey Wiegmann and quarterback Kyle Orton were limited with finger injuries. Before the workout, Kansas City coach Todd Haley said he didn’t think Orton would practice Wednesday. Barring a major change, Tyler Palko likely is in line to start at the Jets on Sunday for his fourth straight start.
In San Diego, linebacker Donald Butler did not practice with a foot injury he suffered Monday night at Jacksonville.
UPDATE: Oakland cornerback Chris Johnson has left the team to deal with a family tragedy in Texas. His sister was shot and killed and his mother was wounded in the shooting. The Raiders expect Johnson to return to the team sometime in the near future. Condolences go out to Johnson and his family.