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WR/KR Ford returns to practice

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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  • DKnight007

    Raiders DEFENSE needs to get pressure on Rivers and get his timing off.

    Pressure him up the middle and in front of him and try to get to the backside as well.

    If you flush him left….have the RDE come sack his gimpy azz and force a fumble.

    The Oline and DLines need to stay low and play wit leverage, if they can’t get to Rivers, get your hands up and knock some balls down!

    Raiders defense needs to make plays and watch out for the screens to Matthews and Tolbert.

    Carson needs to use more pump fakes and look off his primary receiver more. Huey and Saunders need to do plenty of play action, roll carson out and throw screens!

  • DKnight007

    Get Ford, DHB and Moore and Bush and Jones and Boss involved!

  • DKnight007

    Get Reece involved! The Dis-Chargers have no answers for all of the weapons on offense!

    All of the Raider weapons on offense need to be utilized!

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    I hope Sho’nasty comes back healthy next year. Him getting injured was a huge loss this season imo.

  • purvisman

    Stickum Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Thinking about JC, on the live chat yesterday Cork said that Hue “mishandled” the Campbell situation. How so? What else could Hue have done differently with a player who was at the end of his contract but injured and unable to help the team?
    Probably referring to Campbell finding out thirdhand, calling it the greatast trade in NFL history, Saunders “real NFL quarterback” comment,etc. I imagine he wasn’t referring to the trade itself.

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Has Mike Lombardi ever been right about anything?

    I’m listening to that windbag talk about how the days of great defenses are over due to the rule changes.

    Dude, Mike, You ever heard of the 49ers?

  • DeuceDeuce

    BigTed707 Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 2:30 pm
    Has Mike Lombardi ever been right about anything?

    I’m listening to that windbag talk about how the days of great defenses are over due to the rule changes.

    Dude, Mike, You ever heard of the 49ers?

    —-

    They havent played a great offense this year.

    The closest one was the Giants and if it wasnt for a Manningham drop they lose that game.

    Defense doesnt win championships anymore bro.

    Packers & Saints beat the 49ers 10/10.

  • DeuceDeuce

    IMHO of course.

  • edward teach

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I don’t care about the Bengals, Jets or Titans. seriously!

    like it or not, one of those teams will win on Sunday. add the Broncos to that list

    You can’t just sit around and hope that all 4 teams with playoff hopes will lay an egg when they have a shot to enter the dance in January

    Raiders win WK17?

    9-7 record with a tougher schedule, all the injuries and Al’s death is considered an excellent season compared to the previous 8 … regardless of what other teams do this weekend

    ********************************************************

    Was thinking the same thing. Before the season started a lot of us were talking about the schedule, and how difficult it would be to even match the 8-8 of the year before.

    Win on Sunday and get to 9-7, what with all the craziness, would be quite an accomplishment. Playoffs would make it that much better.

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    I agree DeuceDeuce – I hope the 49ers are one and done in the playoffs.

    My point was that the rule changes don’t seem to be affecting that defense – You don’t see them racking up penalties and suspensions, yet they are winning games with a one-dimensional offense. I hate the whiners, but I gotta’ give credit where credit is due – that defense is playing well and discrediting those who claim that the rules don’t allow defenses to play anymore.

  • DeuceDeuce

    BigTed707 Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    I agree DeuceDeuce – I hope the 49ers are one and done in the playoffs.

    My point was that the rule changes don’t seem to be affecting that defense – You don’t see them racking up penalties and suspensions, yet they are winning games with a one-dimensional offense. I hate the whiners, but I gotta’ give credit where credit is due – that defense is playing well and discrediting those who claim that the rules don’t allow defenses to play anymore.

    —-

    No doubt their D is balling out right now. Just dont think they are good enough to be a top team.

  • DeuceDeuce

    If we could stop the run consistently we would have a top 10 D. But we dont stop the run, so we give up chunk passing yards mainly on play action.

  • RaiderRockstar

    A read a good article on how Belicheck tried to keep Tebow in check. No matter what, even when he pitched the ball, Belicheck assigned a defender to hit Tebow…every damn time. Are you listening Romeo? Punish the man.

    ***

    good plan. Why didn’t Chuck B think of it ???

  • DeuceDeuce

    Chuck B…think?… come on…

  • RaiderRockstar

    If we could stop the run consistently we would have a top 10 D. But we dont stop the run, so we give up chunk passing yards mainly on play action.

    ***

    DD,

    ROMAC = POS

    Look it up.

  • DeuceDeuce

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 2:47 pm
    If we could stop the run consistently we would have a top 10 D. But we dont stop the run, so we give up chunk passing yards mainly on play action.

    ***

    DD,

    ROMAC = POS

    Look it up.

    —-

    Copy that. And a big 10-4.

    Although its hard to disagree that he has found his niche as a blitzer.

    Not what we need from a 1st round MLB though..

  • RaiderRockstar

    Not what we need from a 1st round MLB though

    ***

    you could tell Mike Mitchell to gain 10 lbs over the offseason and you’d have a better MLB than Slowlando McCrohns!

    In fact, anybody got a bucket of paint?

    slap some color on Ricky Brown or Travis Goethel and you’ve got a McClain clone with no legal issues!

  • DeuceDeuce

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 2:52 pm
    Not what we need from a 1st round MLB though

    ***

    you could tell Mike Mitchell to gain 10 lbs over the offseason and you’d have a better MLB than Slowlando McCrohns!

    In fact, anybody got a bucket of paint?

    slap some color on Ricky Brown or Travis Goethel and you’ve got a McClain clone with no legal issues!

    —-

    Hey!!…

    Goethel showed some talent for a second there.

    All in all, McClain isnt THAT bad. As shown on the downs we had Blackstock playing instead.

  • hwnrdr

    100.Raider Dell Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 2:21 pm
    Hwnrdr

    Were you going to meet Brien, and where. We should all met up at a specific location.

    I say this hoping my event that I’ll be at, gets over at a decent time on News Year Eve. last year got home around two.

    It’s going to be rough to get up early and hit the parking lot, but I’ll try to do my best.

    Sorry for the delay, Dell…
    When I get in the lot at around 8ish, I text Brien with my location and he shows up within the hour…
    I’m always in D lot, usually right in front of Oracle! hope to see you there…

  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great week to be a Raiders fan! Isn’t it?!

    Getting to 9-7 would be quite an accomplishment…if we were talking at the beginning of the season — especially if it included a Playoff berth.

    BUT…

    Getting to 9-7 — and not making the Playoffs, after being in such a potentially commanding position 6-weeks ago would be a failure. Not a small failure, a significant one.

    HueJax and Co. have done a fine job this year…but they (and the Players) have failed time and again to tie-up the division. Now, we must win and hope others give us another chance to “determine our own football destiny.” It should’ve been determined favorably a month ago.

    If the Raiders make the Playoffs, it will have been an excellent year…with a chance to make it a great one.

    Just Win, Baby. And get a little (lot) of help along the way.

  • hwnrdr

    And Dell, I know what you mean bro! I’m scarificing NYE this year so I can get up early and celebrate with the Nation on NY Day…if we were out of playoff contention, I’ll probably be rolling in around 9 or so…lol

  • DeuceDeuce

    I think as Raider fans were expecting too much too soon.

  • RaiderRockstar

    All in all, McClain isnt THAT bad. As shown on the downs we had Blackstock playing instead

    ***

    Blackstock shows just how little depth we have on this football team. That guy couldn’t even sniff an NFL roster before Chuck B gave him a shot at redemption. not as a backup LB. not as a special teamer.

    Comparing him to a Top 10 MLB is just wrong!

    Goethel was a 5th or 6th rounder & Brown went undrafted. Those guys couldn’t beat a 30th ranked Run Defense? Even if they just matched it, we could save some coin!

    Hue Jackson should look to trade McBust as soon as March

  • DeuceDeuce

    How can we trade from a position of weakness?

    How can we justify to another team that McClain has any value if his position is one we are very weak at and were still trying to move him??..

    Makes no sense.

  • DeuceDeuce

    What we do is hope that the 3-year 1st round thing that has worked for DMC & DHB, comes in to play with McClain.

  • 18yearsold18yearfan

    Im going to be at this game on Sunday helping the Raiders make this push for the playoffs. Raiders about to smash the Chargers. Raiders 27 Chargers 17 and the Broncos are going down Tebow time is over

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Cork was hinting that Gates and VeeJay might be sitting out this week.

    Any truth to this?

  • hwnrdr

    That would help out big time…

  • socalraidervader

    Hey Raider nation!

    Is anyone selling two tickets for the game this Sunday? If so, please email me at timothyrh@hotmail.com.

    Thanks!

  • HayesDaze37

    Nobody trades for McClain until he’s either panned-out as a real MLB, or his rookie contract is $ub$tantially depleted.

    Fact is…McClain’s a Raiders project, and will stay one for another year or two.

    Here’s hoping we find another young LB or two next Spring…a LB with explosiveness and speed. Raiders’ Speed with attitude, and a knack for hitting the ball-carrier. If McClain could locate and hit the ball-carrier maybe two more times per game, the Raiders would’ve outscored their opponents by 10+ points per (and kept the leads).

    McClain’s off-field behavior alone is enough to put us on the market for another young MLB prospect. Who knows what kind of fire that will light under McClain, if any.

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    The Big Banana Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 12:47 pm
    Tell you what, folks…if the Raiders don’t win this weekend, then they don’t belong! Simple as that.

    It’s essentially playoff time. If you can’t win at this time of the year, your azz belongs at home.
    __________________
    so true banana

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    HayesDaze37 Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 3:15 pm
    Nobody trades for McClain until he’s either panned-out as a real MLB, or his rookie contract is $ub$tantially depleted.

    Fact is…McClain’s a Raiders project, and will stay one for another year or two.

    Here’s hoping we find another young LB or two next Spring…a LB with explosiveness and speed. Raiders’ Speed with attitude, and a knack for hitting the ball-carrier. If McClain could locate and hit the ball-carrier maybe two more times per game, the Raiders would’ve outscored their opponents by 10+ points per (and kept the leads).

    McClain’s off-field behavior alone is enough to put us on the market for another young MLB prospect. Who knows what kind of fire that will light under McClain, if any.
    _______________
    we still have goethel. Don’t forget!!

  • DeuceDeuce

    I, for one, hope the Broncos win the West & we get the 6 seed.

    @Hou then @ NE, better than, vs. Pitt then @ Bal

    I think i’d rather have the 1st option..?

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Just Win Dammit!

  • RaiderRockstar

    How can we trade from a position of weakness?

    How can we justify to another team that McClain has any value if his position is one we are very weak at and were still trying to move him??..

    Makes no sense.

    ***

    Simple. Al Davis wasn’t the only owner or GM that liked giving second chances. He was, however, the only top dog that would pay top dollar to a guy who struggled to meet expectations elsewhere or live up to that draft status. McClain’s contract might make him untradeable. If that’s the case, fine. I wouldn’t do what Seattle did to Aaron Curry. We can find somebody better in free agency imo. Somebody who isn’t guaranteed $23 mil

  • BewareofRaiders

    I did look at what cork said on his live chat and he did say vjax n gates will sit. I tried to go to nfl n pft to find any info couldnt find any. Although that would be nice and also would be nice if the cheifs bust up the broncos. Ofcourse the broncos will play their hearts out but it will fail. Just like it did against the bills tebow is finished

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    DeuceDeuce Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 3:03 pm
    How can we trade from a position of weakness?

    How can we justify to another team that McClain has any value if his position is one we are very weak at and were still trying to move him??..

    Makes no sense.
    _____–
    he may play better in a 3-4 alignment

  • HayesDaze37

    Goethel = DMC

    Potential/talent doesn’t matter if it can’t play.

    The Raiders MUST look for LB help this off season…even if they believe McClain and Goethel can play at a high level.

  • DeuceDeuce

    r8dercain Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 3:20 pm
    DeuceDeuce Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 3:03 pm
    How can we trade from a position of weakness?

    How can we justify to another team that McClain has any value if his position is one we are very weak at and were still trying to move him??..

    Makes no sense.
    _____–
    he may play better in a 3-4 alignment

    —-

    So we can get a good return on a ‘maybe’?… doubtful.

  • dking

    Everyone needs to be rooting for the Jets to win Sunday!! In case Broncos win. For Raiders to get wildcard when we win, Bengals have to lose, and either Titans lose or Jets win. We have to have Jets in the mix for us to get tiebreaker!!

  • DeuceDeuce

    Although our D might match up against Pit/Bal better.. so maybe winning the West is the better scenario..

  • hwnrdr

    if Denver wins, but the Bengals and the Titans lose, we get the WC. If Titans win and Bengals lose, we need the Jets to win to own the tiebreakers.

  • BewareofRaiders

    Kurt Warner doesnt believe orton/cheifs will destroy the broncos season because they dont put up alot of points

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Who was this seasons biggest free agency bust?

    Fat Albert?
    Nnamdi?
    Ochocinco?
    Vince Young?
    Zach Miller?
    Lienert?

  • devilr8er

    nmamdi because of all the hype he got

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Never expect anything from the NY Jets.

  • devilr8er

    I want to win the west and have Tebow and the Donks out of the playoffs

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Devilr8er Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 3:31 pm
    nmamdi because of all the hype he got

    *******************

    I agree, not to mention the price.

  • DeuceDeuce

    Leinert re-signed with the Texans…so can he be considered a free agent signing?

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    We need to Den to lose and forget about the NY Jets picking themselves up off the ground. I hate those green sh!t birds!