Middle linebacker Rolando McClain was not present when the Raiders broke from warmups and drills to start Wednesday’s practice in preparation for their AFC West game against the San Diego Chargers.
McClain was not part of the Raiders’ lengthy injury list going in and coming out of their 31-24 loss to the Houston Texans. He was not seen during the Raiders’ open locker room period Wednesday.
With Quentin Groves (hamstring) a spectator and Thomas Howard (knee) not present, the Raiders were going through the paces with Ricky Brown in the middle, Kamerion Wimbley at strong side linebacker and Trevor Scott at weak side linebacker.
Scott finished last season on the weak side but was returned to defensive end before the last preseason game. Brown was back on the practice field after missing the last two games with a hamstring pull.
Other players who weren’t present or weren’t practicing were defensive tackle John Henderson (who was on crutches in the locker room), left guard Robert Gallery (hamstring), running back Darren McFadden (hamstring), running back Michael Bennett (hamstring), linebacker Travis Goethel (lower back) and cornerback Walter McFadden (hamstring).
Gallery, Walter McFadden and Goethel were all working on a separate field with a member of the athletic training staff, a sign they were both literally and figuratively getting closer to the playing field.
Safety Hiram Eugene joined Brown in returning to the field. Wide receivers Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey were both practicing.
More to come following coach Tom Cable’s post-practice press briefing . . .