By Steve Corkran
Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at 10:48 am in Oakland Raiders.
Running back Darren McFadden is not practicing once again, which increases the odds against his playing Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
The Raiders have one more practice before they board a plane for Green Bay. It’s almost inconceivable to envision McFadden playing Sunday, even if he is able to practice Friday.
He has not performed any football-related activities since he suffered a mid-foot sprain Oct. 23, early in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
At this point, it’s on to targeting the Detroit Lions as the possible return for McFadden.
That also appears to be the case for wide receivers Jacoby Ford (foot) and Denarius Moore (foot), both of whom have not practiced for several weeks.
Fortunately for the Raiders, wide receiver Chaz Schilens returned to practice today, four days after he suffered a foot injury against the Miami Dolphins.
As of now, it appears as if the Raiders will enter the Packers game with Schilens and Darrius Heyward-Bey as the starting receivers, with only Louis Murphy and T.J. Houshmandzadeh as the backups.
Running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring) also is out of practice once again. He sounded hopeful about returning this week, given he was at about “75-80 percent” in his agility drills Monday.
So, Michael Bush figures to get the lion’s share of the workload running the ball for the sixth straight game, with Marcel Reece and Rock Cartwright on call, if needed, to lighten the load.
Defensive tackle John Henderson returned to practice despite a sore knee. He appeared to be limping around during the drills but he said he intends to play Sunday.
Cornerback Chris Johnson rejoined his teammates only three days after his sister Jennifer was shot and killed and his mother Della was wounded by a 46-year-old man in Texas.
Johnson’s mother is expected to survive, according to police who responded to the call.
Bryan McCann was fielding kicks at practice in case Ford isn’t able to make it back. Cartwright and Tyvon Branch are other candidates to handle kick-return duites.
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