By Steve Corkran
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at 10:53 am in Oakland Raiders.
Running back Darren McFadden and middle linebacker Rolando McClain are not practicing today, as has been the case since the Raiderss last played a game.
McFadden was spotted leaving the facility on crutches Wednesday, with his right foot in a walking boot. All signs point to his missing Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.
Things aren’t so certain with McClain. He has been on the practice field, getting in some light jogging, taking in things, waiting for his left leg to get better.
Cornerbacks Chris Johnson and Chimdi Chekwa also still aren’t able to practice as a result of lingering hamstring injuries. Chekwa has been working with a trainer off to the side the past few days. Johnson has been out of sight the whole time.
Therefore, you can expect to see Lito Sheppard make his Raiders debut Sunday, and play a great deal. He was signed Monday.
There still isn’t definitive word, or otherwise, on whether Sunday’s game will sell out in time for it to be televised locally. The Raiders have until 1:05 p.m. today, unless they ask for, and receive, a one-day extension.
The Raiders have sold out all four of their regular-season home games this season. It helped that each of those four games had a built-in appeal — the home-opener, a game against the New England Patriots, a game against the Cleveland Browns on the heels of an emotional victory over the Houston Texans and the passing of managing general partner Al Davis, and a game against the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs, which featured the Raiders debut of quarterback Carson Palmer.
The Broncos are 2-5 and lack much drawing power, other than the presence of dynamic quarterback Tim Tebow.
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