By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 12:07 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Ford is practicing today after missing the past seven weeks with a foot sprain. Therefore, it’s logical to assume that he intends to play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
Ford is running routes, catching passes and doing everything else asked of the wide receivers. He last participated in a football-related activity Nov. 10, when he suffered his injury against the Chargers at the end of a long reception.
If the Raiders get back Ford, quarterback Carson Palmer will have at his disposal all six wide receivers for the first time since that Nov. 10 game.
It comes at an ideal time for the Raiders, given they are in a must-win situation. Fellow receiver Denarius Moore returned last week, and he caught four passes for 94 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
It remains uncertain whether Ford will be used on kick returns. Coach Hue Jackson might be averse to taxing Ford too much in his first game back. Ford missed the past six games.
Running back Darren McFadden, on the other hand, still isn’t healthy enough to practice, even though he suffered his midfoot sprain 66 days ago, against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 23.
Jackson said he doesn’t prefer to play anyone in a game if he hasn’t practiced in the lead up to the game. That gives McFadden two more opportunities to get back on the field and show that he is ready to contribute.
At this point, that appears a long-shot.
Free safety Michael Huff is practicing today, as well. He has missed the past two games. However, he said Monday that he will play regardless how sore or banged up he is because of the ramifications of the game.
The Raiders need to win Sunday just to have a shot at making the playoffs. Even then, they would need the Denver Broncos to lose or tie against the Chiefs, or the Bengals to lose to the Baltimore Ravens and have anything happen other than a three-way tie that involves the Raiders, Bengals and Tennessee Titans.
Defensive tackles Richard Seymour and John Henderson are not at practice. Henderson is nursing a sore knee. No word on what ails Seymour, who has been a regular at practice the past several weeks.
Seymour was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his two blocked field-goal attempts against the Chiefs in a 16-13 overtime victory Sunday.
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