By Steve Corkran
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 at 11:51 am in Oakland Raiders.
Running back Darren McFadden and wide receiver Jacoby Ford are not practicing today. That all but eliminates any chance they have of playing Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Official word should come in about 90 minutes, when coach Hue Jackson speaks with the media after practice. However, Jackson has a long history of not playing anyone who doesn’t practice the week before a game.
Free safety Michael Huff is riding a stationary bike right now. That makes it conceivable that he intends to join the fray once the Raiders convene for full-team drills. He has not practiced all week. Jackson said Huff needs to practice today if he is to play Saturday.
Defensive tackle John Henderson missed practice once again because of a sore knee. So, don’t count on him playing, either, given he hasn’t practiced at all the past two weeks.
Wide receiver Louis Murphy is back on the field after missing Wednesday’s practice because of “tightness” in an undisclosed body part.
Denarius Moore and T.J. Houshmandzadeh are fielding punts in practice today, with Bryan McCann handling kick returns. Not sure why Tyvon Branch isn’t getting any reps on kick returns after Jackson raved about Branch’s ability in that capacity.
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