By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 at 10:42 am in Oakland Raiders.
Running back Darren McFadden, wide receiver Jacoby Ford and defensive tackle Richard Seymour are among those not practicing today.
None of those three practiced Monday, either. Therefore, all three should be considered questionable for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Seymour is the most likely to return in time for the game among the aforementioned trio.
McFadden still hasn’t practiced since he suffered a mid-foot sprain against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 23. At this rate, he likely would have to practice Thursday to have a shot at playing Sunday.
Coach Hue Jackson has a history of being partial to using players who practiced the week before a game. It’s unlikely that he would use McFadden against the Vikings without getting a long look at him in practice.
Also, Michael Bush is on a roll right now, so there isn’t a burning need to rush back McFadden. Bush has rushed for 352 yards and added 130 yards receiving in McFadden’s absence the past three games — McFadden rushed twice vs. the Chiefs before exiting the game.
Ford suffered a foot injury against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night. He has had his foot in a protective boot ever since, so he also appears to be a long-shot for the Vikings game.
Middle linebacker Rolando McClain, free safety Michael Huff, cornerback Chris Johnson and backup fullback Mansae Tonga aren’t doing much at practice. McClain donned a helmet as the media departed the field, so it’s possible that he is testing out his ankle right now.
Huff and Tonga are on the field right now, but they aren’t taking part in any drills. Huff is bothered by an ankle injury, Tonga is battling a sore knee.
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski is on the field, but he isn’t doing anything of note, either.
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