Friday, November 16, 2012
Raiders still missing key players
By Bill Williamson
As expected, the Oakland Raiders will be without starting running back Darren McFadden and his backup, Mike Goodson, for the second straight game Sunday when they host New Orleans.
Both players were hurt in Week 9 and they didn’t play last week because of high ankle sprains. Fullback Marcel Reece will continue to be the top tailback and Taiwan Jones and Jeremy Stewart will be the backups with McFadden and Goodson out.
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour is out for the second straight game with a knee/hamstring problem.
Safety Tyvon Branch practiced on a limited basis Friday. He missed the first two days of practice this week with a neck injury. He is questionable and he will likely be a game-time decision. Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey missed his second straight day of practice with a hamstring injury and he is questionable. Rookie Rod Streater and veteran Derek Hagan will likely play a lot if Heyward-Bey can’t play.
Meanwhile, for Kansas City, receiver Jon Baldwin is out with a head/neck injury he suffered Monday night at Pittsburgh. Quarterback Brady Quinn is questionable with a concussion he suffered in Week 8. If he can’t play, Ricky Stanzi will be the backup quarterback. Center Ryan Lilja is questionable with a knee injury. There may be shuffling on the Chiefs offensive line with guard Jon Asamoah out with a thumb injury.