ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders running game seemed fine, thank you very much, on the legs of Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece this past weekend as he started at tailback and rushed for a career-high 123 yards, on 19 carries. He had a career-long 63-yard touchdown run and also caught two passes for 38 yards in a loss to the New York Jets.
But the backfield should get some more help this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs as Rashad Jennings told reporters Monday afternoon he had passed the last of his concussion protocol tests earlier in the day and would play.
On a one-year contract in Oakland after spending the first four years of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a seventh-round draft choice out of Liberty, Jennings became the Raiders’ featured back in Week 9 with Darren McFadden going down to injury.
Jennings is the Raiders’ leading rusher with 588 yards, on 126 carries, and said he would like to return to Oakland next season. The injury-prone McFadden will also be a free agent.
“I’d love to [come back], if I had it my way,” Jennings said. “I feel I am a Raider. I feel at home here. I understand the system, going to continue to grow with it, take ownership over it. But again, I show up every day, work hard and let everybody else make those decisions.
“I’ll continue to show up, work hard and let everyone else make those decisions. But if I had my druthers, I’d be wearing this bucket again with the Raiders.”
But does a potential backfield of Jennings and Reece have enough playmaking ability?
Raiders coach Dennis Allen also gave updates on other players injured against the Jets: LG Khalif Barnes (knee and ankle), RT Tony Pashos (foot) and DE Jason Hunter (finger) did not seem to be serious, TE Nick Kasa (concussion) seemed to be “fine,” LB Sio Moore (neck) would be evaluated through the week and DT Vance Walker (concussion) was more of a “concern,” Allen said.