Thursday, December 5, 2013
Raiders report: Jennings still not cleared
By Paul Gutierrez
While both strong safety Tyvon Branch and running back Rashad Jennings practiced in limited capacities Thursday, Branch seems to be the more likely of the two to play Sunday in the Oakland Raiders' game at the New York Jets.
Jennings, who suffered a concussion in Oakland's Thanksgiving Day loss at the Dallas Cowboys, has yet to pass all of his league-mandated concussion protocol tests.
"He's better [but] he's still not fully ready to go," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "So, again, we'll have to monitor that the rest of the week. We've still got a couple of days so we'll see where he's at."
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Jennings' 448 yards rushing since Week 9 are the second-most in the NFL, behind the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson.
Also, Jennings' four rushing touchdowns in that time frame are tied for the most in the league, and his 231 yards after contact rank third.
The only change to the Raiders' injury report was rookie offensive tackle Menelik Watson practicing fully a day after being limited by illness. Running backs Darren McFadden and Jeremy Stewart again missed practice and Taiwan Jones, who was drafted as a tailback before making the switch to cornerback this offseason, took reps at running back for the second consecutive day.
Plus, Lucas Nix, the former starting left guard, took Mike Brisiel's reps at right guard again.
Following, then, is the Raiders' injury report for Thursday:
Did not participate: RG Mike Brisiel (knee), LB Kaluka Maiava (ribs/calf), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), WR Denarius Moore (shoulder), RB Jeremy Stewart (ankle/knee), S Usama Young (neck)
Limited practice: SS Tyvon Branch (ankle), LB Miles Burris (toe), DE Jason Hunter (foot), Rashad Jennings (concussion)
Full practice: OT Menelik Watson (illness)