By Steve Corkran
Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 11:51 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The three players who worked out for the Raiders on Wednesday, and coach Hue Jackson refused to identify, are: running backs Stafon Johnson and Lonyae Miller and veteran defensive back Brian Williams.
Johnson spent time with the Tennessee Titans, but he has not appeared in any regular-season games. Miller appeared in four games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2010, but he didn’t touch the ball on offense.
Both weigh in excess of 220 pounds and play a position at which the Raiders are well stocked. Therefore, their passing through Alameda for a workout portends Jackson being concerned about lead running back Darren McFadden’s health, at least in the short term.
McFadden suffered a mid-foot sprain against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday and exited the game after only two carries. He was held out of practice Tuesday and Wednesday. Tests for structural damage returned negative.
The Raiders aren’t required to provide an update on McFadden’s status until Wednesday, four days before their next game, against the Denver Broncos. Their next practice isn’t until Monday.
It’s possible that Jackson is just doing his due diligence and seeing what is out there in terms of free-agent running backs in case McFadden’s injury doesn’t heal as well as hoped for or he aggravates the injury at some point between now and the end of the season.
Michael Bush and rookie Taiwan Jones picked up the slack during McFadden’s absence against the Chiefs. They are expected to do likewise if McFadden misses anymore time.
Williams, 32, is a 10-year veteran who has played for the Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and, most recently, the New York Giants.
He has started 99 regular-season games and intercepted 19 passes.
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