Coach Hue Jackson said Friday before boarding a bus to the airport that defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, cornerback Chris Johnson and tight end Richard Gordon will not play Sunday against the Houston Texans.
Fullback Marcel Reece (ankle) is questionable, which passes as a mild surprise, given he has not practiced all week.
Manase Tonga said he received all the reps in practice Friday and that he is traveling with the team to Houston, while the seven other practice squad players remain behind.
That’s a sign that Jackson is contemplating signing Tonga from the practice squad at some point before the game if he feels as if Reece can’t play.
Rock Cartwright and Michael Bush are other options to replace Reece and Gordon, who filled in for Reece last week against the New England Patriots.
Also, Jackson confirmed that the Raiders worked out veteran defensive lineman Trevor Pryce on Thursday, but the Raiders did not sign Pryce.
Jackson isn’t ruling out signing Pryce at a later date. For now, the Raiders are going to rely upon Trevor Scott and Jarvis Moss to pick up the slack in Shaughnessy’s absence.
I shall post more later. Filling in for beat writer Jerry McDonald today, as he writes his advance for Sunday’s game and packs for the trip to Houston.
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