Thursday, November 22, 2012
Key Raiders still out of practice
By Bill Williamson
The Oakland Raiders continued to practice Thursday without top running back Darren McFadden and his backup Mike Goodson. Both players have been out for the past two games with high ankle sprains.
Earlier this week, Oakland coach Dennis Allen said he hoped McFadden could play Sunday at Cincinnati. If that is going to happen, McFadden will need to make serious improvement in the next few days. Also, backup running back Taiwan Jones was limited by an ankle injury Thursday. Fullback Marcel Reece has been the lead back and he will likely remain in that role at Cincinnati barring big changes.
Also, defensive tackle Richard Seymour did not practice Thursday because of knee and hamstring injuries that have kept him out of the past two games.
In other AFC West news:
-- Kansas City offensive linemen Branden Albert and Ryan Lilja missed practice again Thursday. If they don’t practice Friday, they both will likely miss Sunday’s game against Denver. That is clearly not good with Denver’s strong pass-rush looming.
Chiefs receivers Dwayne Bowe and Jon Baldwin, tight end Tony Moeaki and guard Jon Asamoah are all limited Thursday.
-- For Denver, receiver Demaryius Thomas (knee) and defensive end Derek Wolfe (quad) practiced fully Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Guard Chris Kuper (ankle) and cornerback Tracy Porter (knee) both practiced fully Thursday for the second day this week and are on pace to play Sunday. Porter has missed five games, but Denver coach John Fox said Porter has been cleared to play. Kuper missed the past two games with a severely sprained ankle.
-- For San Diego, left tackle Jared Gaither (groin) and left guard Tyronne Green (hamstring) are missing their second day of practice this week. Gaither has missed the past two games, and Green was hurt Sunday at Denver. The offensive line was a mess for much of the Denver game. Nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin, however, is practicing and may play Sunday. He missed the Denver game.
San Diego’s home game against Baltimore has been blacked out and will not be shown on local television.
-- Former Oakland coach Hue Jackson declined to talk about the team. Jackson, who is an assistant with the Bengals, was fired after an 8-8 season last year. The Bengals (5-5) host Oakland (3-7) on Sunday.