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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Raiders might be inexperienced at RB

By Bill Williamson

As expected, Oakland running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are both in walking boots because of high ankle sprains they suffered against Tampa Bay. Neither has been ruled out for Sunday’s game at Baltimore, but it looks very unlikely that they will be active.


Expect fullback Marcel Reece and third-string running back Taiwan Jones to carry the load against Baltimore on the ground. Reece has one carry this season and 48 in his career. Jones has one carry this season and had 16 last season.

The Baltimore defense can be run against, but it looks like the Raiders are going to have to rely on inexperienced rushers barring a dramatic recovery by McFadden or Goodson.

Oakland coach Dennis Allen told reporters that Michael Huff will start for Ronald Bartell against the Ravens. Bartell will be brought along slowly. He has been out with a shoulder injury since Week 1. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle believes Oakland defensive tackle Richard Seymour will not play Sunday.

In other AFC West news:

Denver receiver Eric Decker practiced fully Thursday after being limited by a thigh injury Wednesday. As expected, guard Chris Kuper (ankle) and cornerback Tracy Porter (illness) were held out of practice. Kuper is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, and I’d be surprised if Porter plays Sunday at Carolina.

San Diego Left tackle Jared Gaither (groin) and defensive end Corey Liuget (hamstring) did not practice Thursday. They were limited Wednesday. This is worth watching Friday. Also, linebacker Shaun Phillips had to leave practice early with a finger injury.

Kansas City defensive end Glenn Dorsey (calf) remains out of practice. Left tackle Branden Albert (back) is limited.

New Kansas City defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs will coach from sidelines, head coach Romeo Crennel said. It makes sense, because Gibbs has been on the sidelines all year as linebackers coach.

Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley -- who was fired last year as the Chiefs’ head coach -- said he is not out for revenge when the Chiefs visit Pittsburgh on Monday night. OK, I believe him.