Monday, Oakland coach Dennis Allen said he hoped running back Darren McFadden could be back to play Sunday at Cincinnati.
That plan might have suffered a setback. The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that McFadden is not practicing. He has missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain. He was supposed to be out two to four weeks. His backup, Mike Goodson, has also been out for the past two games with the same injury. He is not practicing either. Fullback Marcel Reece had 103 yards rushing and 90 yards receiving Sunday in a loss to New Orleans as the lead rusher.
McFadden’s absence from practice Wednesday doesn’t mean he won’t play Sunday. But it could be a bad sign. Defensive tackle Richard Seymour has been out for the past two games with knee/hamstring injuries. He didn’t practice Wednesday. However, safety Tyvon Branch, who was out Sunday with a neck injury, is practicing Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Oakland defensive line coach Terrell Williams is back with the team. His 4-year-old son died this month.
In other AFC West news:
Denver cornerback Tracy Porter is practicing after missing the past five games after dealing with the effects of a seizure. His replacements, Chris Harris and Tony Carter, have been terrific. So, Porter might not regain his starting position.
The Chiefs signed former SMU kicker Matt Szymanski to the practice squad.