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McClain returns to practice, McFadden still absent

By Steve Corkran
Friday, November 4th, 2011 at 11:17 am in Oakland Raiders.

Middle linebacker Rolando McClain is practicing today for the first time since he hurt his leg. He missed the past five practices. His return today signifies that he has a realistic shot at playing against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

There’s little or no chance of running back Darren McFadden playing Sunday. He isn’t at practice once again, making it six straight since he suffered a mid-foot sprain against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 23.

Michael Bush and Taiwan Jones are getting all the reps at running back in anticipating of their filling in for McFadden on Sunday. Bush is expected to make his first start of the season, with Jones getting his most extensive playing time of the year.

Cornerbacks Chris Johnson and Chimdi Chekwa aren’t practicing, either. Johnson likely will be ruled out later today. It’s also a long-shot for Chekwa to play. Hence, the signing of veteran Lito Sheppard.

Kicker Sebastian Janikowski is at practice. However, he has yet to attempt any field goals in almost three weeks. Coach Hue Jackson said he wants to see Janikowski test his injured left (kicking leg) hamstring before he commits to using him Sunday.

At one point, Janikowski donned a helmet and lined up as if he was going to kick off. Ultimately, he kicked the ball a short distance with his right foot. So, he remains a question mark until further notice.

The Raiders signed kicker Dave Rayner the day before the Chiefs game. So, it’s conceivable that they won’t make a decision on Janikowski until tomorrow at some point.

Wide receiver Louis Murphy is being used as a gunner on punt coverage now that Derek Hagan isn’t on the roster. Take that either as a sign of his versatility or a sign of his decreased importance in the offense.

Murphy appeared to tweak his groin early in practice. A trainer spent several minutes stretching out Murphy’s groin soon thereafter. He missed the first five games this season as a result of groin surgery during training camp.

The Raiders play the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night, Nov. 10, in the first of such games by NFL Network. One of the network’s reporters, Mike Mayock, is at practice today.

Naturally, the Raiders allowed Mayock far better access than they do for the media that cover the team on a daily basis. Guess the NFL doesn’t hold the employees of the network it owns to the same guidelines that it does other credentialed media.

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  • lefty12

    It isn’t difficult to out scoop Corkran.

  • Seymour Bush

    lefty12 Says:
    November 4th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Why should the game plan be any difference than what it has been?The main difference will be Palmer just might be able to hit some of those deep passes we were missing on before,although we shouldn’t expect too much from him just yet.He’ll need to get his timing down with the receivers.
    ===============================================

    This is a game where the offense should be able to exploit a weak Bunco secondary. They have not been getting much of a rush, and they certainly have not been covering anyone back there. All that being said, it could still take a while to get the timing right. Especially on deep balls.

    On the other side, hopefully McClain is back to full strength. He might be the most important factor in the entire game, as McGehee claims he is going to play with a broken hand, but Teblow has been a big factor running. Having McClain there to run him down, might prevent any Bunco offense.

  • rob_raider

    this article is exactly what i’ve been talking about. so unprofessional. poor little local reporter has his feelings hurt when a bigtimer gets more attention. and he puts it in his blog? what a little p*ssy.

  • Method To My Madness

    Its funny cuz you would never say thsi to anyone’s face…Hayes and BHP are Raiders…you not

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    raiderinparadise,

    In order to keep the defence off balance a team first needs to be balanced.

    Pound the ground like Poland in ’39, then open up the playbook once you have imposed your will.

    Balance Jackson! Balance!

  • Seymour Bush

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    November 4th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I dont think Campbell was comfortable passing in the middle
    ===================================

    I don’t think the receivers were comfortable going across the middle in our offense.

  • Try Some Reality

    It’s Taiwan Jones time on Oaktown!!

  • raiderinparadise

    Yeah … we need to get some nice play action game going early. Hue will take his shots early downfield with Carson, if one hits to like Moore, Bey etc … O.co will go nuts

  • Raidervill

    - Excited to see a full game from Palmer and his comfort level with the offense and WR. He will light years ahead of the KC game, but I hope we ease him in. Game management, no TO’s, and some timely throws are all we should need against Denver.
    – Bush usually has played well in DMac’s absence, but we always missed DMac’s speed. Enter Taiwan Jones. I expect a big game from the rook as a speedy compliment to Bush as the main back.
    – Defense should spy Tebow, rush Tebow, hit Tebow, make Tebow cough up the ball. Do not fear Tebow. Attack him and make him prove he can throw it by the 8 man box. See Lions, Detroit.
    – Tebow has been sacked 12 times last two games…bring it defense. Confuse and destroy in Q1. Give the Denver O no hope.
    – This is a must win heading to SD on Thurs. Put the KC game in the rear view mirror. The time for a Silver & Black win streak starts now.
    – That being said i expect a tough game until the Raiders finally pull away. Denver is still an NFL team and got embarrased last week. Our talent should win out.

    One Nation Baby…

  • DeuceDeuce

    Seymour Bush Says:
    November 4th, 2011 at 1:20 pm
    DeuceDeuce Says:
    November 4th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I dont think Campbell was comfortable passing in the middle
    ===================================

    I don’t think the receivers were comfortable going across the middle in our offense.

    —-

    Probably goes even deeper in that we didnt have any WRs that could/would go across the middle..

    Hence the TJ signing..

  • Try Some Reality

    – This is a must win heading to SD on Thurs.

    ===================

    Absolutely!

  • Seymour Bush

    It certainly would be nice to see a “statement game” on Sunday. Something like Raiders 49-Bunco 3.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    The first stringers should get plenty of rest once the Raiders go up 31-3 going into the 3rd Quarter.

  • ravenaider

    Raidervill Says:
    November 4th, 2011 at 1:23 pm
    - Excited to see a full game from Palmer and his comfort level with the offense and WR. He will light years ahead of the KC game, but I hope we ease him in. Game management, no TO’s, and some timely throws are all we should need against Denver.
    – Bush usually has played well in DMac’s absence, but we always missed DMac’s speed. Enter Taiwan Jones. I expect a big game from the rook as a speedy compliment to Bush as the main back.
    – Defense should spy Tebow, rush Tebow, hit Tebow, make Tebow cough up the ball. Do not fear Tebow. Attack him and make him prove he can throw it by the 8 man box. See Lions, Detroit.
    – Tebow has been sacked 12 times last two games…bring it defense. Confuse and destroy in Q1. Give the Denver O no hope.
    – This is a must win heading to SD on Thurs. Put the KC game in the rear view mirror. The time for a Silver & Black win streak starts now.
    – That being said i expect a tough game until the Raiders finally pull away. Denver is still an NFL team and got embarrased last week. Our talent should win out.

    One Nation Baby…
    *****************************************************

    Excellent,my comrade…you sound better than JT The Brick!

  • DeuceDeuce

    Absolutely. A must win.

  • Seymour Bush

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    November 4th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Probably goes even deeper in that we didnt have any WRs that could/would go across the middle..

    Hence the TJ signing..
    ======================================

    Exactly. With Boss you can run a deep seam, and then TJ cross underneath with the wides running 9′s. Someone would have to be open.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    tj would tune him up at the Raider Image store in a hurry!
    ______

    # Method To My Madness Says:
    November 4th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Its funny cuz you would never say thsi to anyone’s face…Hayes and BHP are Raiders…you not

  • Sullivan44

    Amy’s going to announce Brien’s banned from the stadium, 60,000 people will cheer, season ticket sells will skyrocket, next 3 years sold out.

  • hwnrdr

    Oh boy…anyways…Laters Nation! If you going SUnday, see you there!

  • raiderinparadise

    The question is …. will Pryor get a touch at any time in this game?

  • PlunkforHOF

    Have blast Ravenraider.. I know you will… Hwnrdr and the other semipros from the blog know how to treat visitors.. then there NOTHING like seeing the Raiders at home.

    CODE BLACK

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    After the last hiccup I dont expect to see Pryor especially now that its Cannon Palmer’s show now.

    However we have a coach that likes to pull out his crank and wave it around on Sundays….

    Wait & see
    ______

    # raiderinparadise Says:
    November 4th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    The question is …. will Pryor get a touch at any time in this game?

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    SeyGlen666Debo, giving your alias’s the day off today ?

    Good!

  • Method To My Madness

    Excellent,my comrade…you sound better than JT The Brick!

    **************

    anyone is better than that punk

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  • Method To My Madness

    171.PlunkforHOF Says:
    November 4th, 2011 at 1:33 pm
    Have blast Ravenraider.. I know you will… Hwnrdr and the other semipros from the blog know how to treat visitors.. then there NOTHING like seeing the Raiders at home.

    CODE BLACK

    ******************

    Thats right

  • PlunkforHOF

    new post

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    IF Pryor is in Palmer’s back pocket all day, where the he[[ is Boller?

    Boller?

    Boller?

    Kyle Boller’s Day Off.

    Not encouraging.

  • raiderinparadise

    Its Carson Bomber guys … come on.

  • raiderinparadise

    Boller will be waived when Campbell gets back, Campbell will be 2nd string to close out year and his contract will be up. The End.

  • autopalm77

    Mr.Mark Davis will speak on behalf of the Raiders and thank those in attendance, as well as, offer promotional tickets for Sundays game for another Raider home game….

  • DEATHROW 55

    I have branch as my db in ff, does anybody think another raider db can do better as far as points, tackles and int’s, possibly mm34 , huff??? I am starting bush& ford 4 sure maybe seebass too. Well raider nation?

  • jmeds

    This isn’t necessarily directed towards you Mr. Corkran, but the Raiders don’t allow Bay Area media better access because of all the nonsense most write, straight up.On another note, I’d like to see Taiwan Jones get a 10+ touches this week. I think the kid got it and the only way to tell is to cut him loose. McFadden probably won’t be back until after the SD game. If that is what it takes do get him 100%, do it Hue. DOn’t rush him because if we are going to make a playoff push this year, his health is vital.

  • ravenaider

    PlunkforHOF Says:
    November 4th, 2011 at 1:33 pm
    Have blast Ravenraider.. I know you will… Hwnrdr and the other semipros from the blog know how to treat visitors.. then there NOTHING like seeing the Raiders at home.

    CODE BLACK
    *****************************************************

    Thanks Plunk,I shall return! May be back for the SD game,will def be back if we host a playoff game!!!

  • ArtilleryShell

    Well, let the DEF mix some coverages, but not go overboard, don’t let Tebow run and we should win. Better watch the TE Lafell. Course, we gotta score, and hopefully the team isn’t expecting 40 pts or bust from Palmer. Let him learn to play with his team, not be the team, so we can play like a team and not stand around and wait for him to make a play. We do need possession receivers (always been a Biletnikoff over Branch fan) so Housh gotta show me something by the Charger game, or he can blow.

  • LooneyRaider

    Sullivan44 Says:
    November 4th, 2011 at 11:22 am
    I like Hue Jackson, but he’s got to hit that 12 win mark and get us to the AFC championship before he proves to me he’s better than Gruden.
    —————————————————–

    This instant gradification and entitlement bs is way out of hand. Hue hasn’t even been coach for a full year, and hasn’t even reached his 12th game yet. Save this comment for year 2014. But by then you probably wont be able to make it.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Still think we should have picked up T.O. Instead of TJ owens is more of an all around threat where TJ just goes across the middle. If a team mans up on tj he’s not effective but will be good against zones. Reminds me of Hines ward he is also slow and is easily covered in man to man. T.O. Can still beat man coverage and seymour would keep him in check. Anyone agree?

  • swu1971

    There’s one problem with Tommy Kelly saying the Broncos ran all that college [stuff]. He didn’t go to college…