Observations from Raiders final practice before bye


Middle linebacker Rolando McClain (leg), running back Darren McFadden (foot), cornerbacks Chris Johnson (hamstring) and Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), kicker Sebastian Janikowski (hamstring), defensive tackle Richard Seymour (rest) and tight end Kevin Boss (concussion) are not practicing today.

On the bright side for the Raiders, McClain is walking around on the practice field without a protective boot on his left foot. He was in the boot Tuesday.

Safety Matt Giordano is back at practice after missing one day because of the neck spasms he suffered Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Fullback Marcel Reece (ankle) is practicing for the second straight day and showing no ill effects from an injury that forced him to miss the past month’s practices, as well as four games.

Practice is expected to be brief today once again, with players free to do as they please the next four days.

For some, that means boarding a plane and heading home to visit family and friends. Others intend to stick around and rehabilitate injuries or get in some extra practice time.

Coaches are not permitted to oversee or participate in anything involving players the next four days, as provided for in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

That doesn’t preclude players from making their own arrangements, even if it entails using the team facility.

Coach Hue Jackson said he doesn’t intend to take any time off the next four days.

“I’m not going to get away,” Jackson said Tuesday. “I’m going to be right here. I’ve got too much work to do in terms of making sure we cross all the Ts and dot all the Is. We’ve had some injuries that we need to continue to work through and, again, try to strengthen this football team as much as we can. And that’s what we’ll do.”

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Steve Corkran