As expected, running back Darren McFadden and wide receiver Jacoby Ford aren’t practicing today. In a surprising development, receiver Denarius Moore is watching practice with a protective boot on his right foot.
Backup running back Taiwan Jones also isn’t practicing as a result of the hamstring injury he suffered Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is at practice, though he isn’t participating. He is watching without the neck brace he was sporting after the neck injury he received against the Vikings.
So, as of now, the Raiders projected starting lineup against the Chicago Bears on Sunday would feature Michael Bush at running back, with Louis Murphy and Chaz Schilens at the wide receiver spots and Bryan McCann returning punts and kicks.
Moore got dinged up at some point of the Vikings game. However, he appeared fine afterward and he was not mentioned by coach Hue Jackson on the injury report after the game.
If Moore can’t go, the Raiders also would need to find someone else to return punts. McCann is the logical candidate to replace Moore on punt returns and Ford on kick returns.
Rock Cartwright is in line to get some action at running back for the first time if McFadden and Jones can’t play. He has not run the ball at all through the first 10 games.
Bush rushed 30 times in each of the past two games. That workload might go up even more if he is the lone healthy back Sunday.
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee) and defensive end Lamaar Houston (hamstring) also aren’t practicing today. Seymour played a bit against the Vikings despite missing all four practices the week before.
Fullback Manase Tonga and middle linebacker Rolando McClain are practicing, as is center Samson Satele three days after he suffered a concussion.
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