Friday, December 23, 2011
Battered Raiders limp into K.C.
By Bill Williamson
There will be no Christmas Eve injury miracle for the Oakland Raiders.
As expected, running back Darren McFadden (foot), receiver Jacoby Ford (foot), defensive tackle John Henderson (knee) and safety Michael Huff (hamstring) have all been ruled out for Saturday’s game at Kansas City. None of the players were expected to come back, but Oakland coach Hue Jackson did not rule them out as of Thursday.
McFadden has been out since he was injured against the Chiefs on Oct. 23. There is an outside chance he could play next week against San Diego. His best bet is likely to hope to play in the playoffs if the 7-7 Raiders get there.
The Raiders – one of the best running teams in the NFL – are thin at the position going into the game. Michael Bush has been limited all week in practice and he is questionable with a shoulder injury. Rookie backup Taiwan Jones has also been limited in workouts with a hamstring injury and is listed as questionable. Expect both of those players to play Saturday, but they could be favoring their injuries.
In other AFC West news:
Kansas City safety Jon McGraw (ankle) is out for the Oakland game while center Casey Wiegmann (calf) is probable. Wiegmann was limited in practice all week.
With Houston losing on Thursday night, Denver – if it wins its last two games – could be in line to be the No. 3 seed. Thus, if another AFC West team made the playoffs as a wild card, we could have an all-AFC West divisional game. How nuts would that be? Check out all the possibilities on ESPN’s Playoff Machine.
Denver safety Brian Dawkins is listed as questionable to play at Buffalo on Saturday. He was limited all week with a neck injury that kept him out of the New England game last week.
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Oakland safety Jerome Boyd was fined $20,000 and linebacker Aaron Curry was docked $7,500 for actions in the Raiders’ 28-27 loss to the Lions on Sunday.