AFC West: Antonio Flores

Will key RBs be back Thursday?

November, 7, 2011
11/07/11
8:05
PM ET
Catching up on some AFC West news after a day of travel:

We got some hints Monday whether two injured running backs will be ready to play in a key AFC West game Thursday night.

The early indications are that Oakland star running back Darren McFadden may not be ready to play during a short week at San Diego. McFadden wasn’t at the Raiders’ walk-through practice Monday. Oakland coach Hue Jackson wouldn’t commit to whether McFadden would be able to play Thursday.

He suffered a foot injury early in Week 7. The Raiders are 0-2 since McFadden’s injury and their offense looks out of sorts without him.

Meanwhile, San Diego running back Ryan Mathews was on the field for a workout on Monday, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. He missed Sunday’s loss to Green Bay with a groin injury. His status for Thursday’s game looks good at this point.

In other AFC West notes:

The Chargers have announced the Raiders’ game is a sell out and it will be shown on local television.

A Yahoo! Sports column pokes holes at the Chargers’ roster, including tight end Antonio Gates

Former Raiders’ coach Tom Flores will be heading back to the sideline for a day.

The San Diego Union Tribune reports the Chargers will go back to Antoine Cason at cornerback Thursday. He successfully preplaced struggling rookie Marcus Gilchrist late Sunday against Green Bay. Gilchrist played poorly in two starts as a replacement for Cason.

Tight end Kevin Boss joined receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey as an unexplained limited participant for the Raiders’ offense against Denver.

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