By Steve Corkran
Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 10:50 am in Oakland Raiders.
Running back Darren McFadden, wide receiver Jacoby Ford and defensive tackle Richard Seymour aren’t practicing today, as has been the case all week.
This all but rules out McFadden and Ford from playing Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, given coach Hue Jackson is hesitant to use players in games when they don’t practice at all in the days leading up to a game.
In Seymour’s case, he still might play because he isn’t suffering from as severe an injury, as are McFadden (foot) and Ford (foot). He has a sore ankle but still made it through the San Diego Chargers game last Thursday night.
“He’s going to be fine,” Jackson said of Seymour on Wednesday. “Richard will be fine. Again, we got some guys that we got to make sure we take care of and look out for. This is a long season, and you got to make sure we get guys to the game healthy.”
McFadden watched part of practice Wednesday, without wearing a protective boot on his right foot, according to Jackson. That qualified as “huge progress,” Jackson said. McFadden was not on the field this morning, though he might make another appearance within the next 90 minutes.
Taiwan Jones is fielding kicks in practice. He is the leading candidate to handle that chore against the Vikings if Ford can’t play.
Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa isn’t at practice, which portends a setback from the hamstring injury that has dogged him the past several weeks. He practiced Wednesday and appeared to be making solid progress toward a return to full health. More on that later, once we get a chance to speak with Jackson and Chekwa.
Free safety Michael Huff (ankle) is practicing and showing no ill effects from the injury that sidelined him for the Chargers game.
“I ran a little bit at practice today, got some more reps, so I’ll definitely be ready this week,” Huff said after Wednesday’s practice.
Huff has missed two games this season after not missing any his first five NFL seasons.
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