Just returned from interviewing coach Hue Jackson and the players. Jackson said running back Darren McFadden will not play Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring) also has been declared out by Jackson. Michael Bush will make his first start Sunday. He rushed for 99 yards in relief of McFaddena against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jackson said he is confident that kicker Sebastian Janikowski will be healthy enough to play against the Broncos. However, Janikowski first has to demonstrate to Jackson that his left hamstring is sound enough to hold up during a game.
To that end, Janikowski is scheduled to test his kicking leg Saturday. If he holds up, he will play Sunday. If not, Jackson said the Raiders will sign veteran Dave Rayner, who replaced Janikowski against the Chiefs.
Middle linebacker Rolando McClain is questionable for the Broncos game. However, Jackson said he is confident that McClain will be ready to play against the Broncos.
More later. Filling in for beat writer Jerry McDonald today, while he works on his Sunday story.
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