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Ford says he’s good to go

Subbing for Steve Corkran . . .

Looks like Hue Jackson and Al Saunders will be free to dial up a reverse or two as well as setting up a few catch-and-run opportunities for wide receiver Jacoby Ford.

Ford hasn’t played since Nov. 10, but practiced all three days this week and expects to play San Diego Sunday.

“I’ll be out there,” Ford said. “If I practice this much this week and I’m not out there, I’d be mad. I’ll be out there, though.”

Ford said, “It’s definitely been a fun week for me. A lot more joy on my face this week. I’m just anxious to get back out there and help this team out as much as I can and get this win.”

Jackson reiterated he doesn’t expect to use Ford on kickoff returns, with Bryan McCann retaining that duty.

– Running back Darren McFadden (foot), defensive tackle John Henderson (knee) and quarterback Jason Campbell (collarbone) were all ruled out. No surprises there. Hearing some talk (although not from the Raiders) that McFadden could be a factor next week if the Raiders make the playoffs against either Pittsburgh or Baltimore (in Oakland) or Houston (on the road).

I remain skeptical, considering how much time he’s missed. McFadden will have missed nine games, have conditioning issues, and then step into a realm more intense than anything he’s ever experienced in terms of NFL playoff football.

Ford, Louis Murphy (groin), Taiwan Jones (hamstring) and Michael Huff (hamstring). Huff will probably start, but Jones still hasn’t had a full-on sprint so he’s probably somewhere south of “questionable.”

– Jackson considers the playoffs an important first step in what he is attempting to build in Oakland.

Interestingly, Jackson has almost ceased using his oft-repeated phrase “building a bully” and of late has talked of “building a program.”

“It would be a start. I would hope it reinfores throughout the city, the organization and everywhere that we’re close,” Jackson said. “We’re getting there. I think that’s where it starts. Coach (Davis) hired me to do a job, and said, my job is for you to have this organization win a championship. To me, you’ve got to walk before you can run.”

And if the Raiders do make the playoffs?

“Then you go chase the Super Bowl championship,” Jackson said. “And I’m not talking about next year. If we can get in, the whole goal is alive and what it says is, that when he hired me to do the job, we’re starting the process and the job is being done.”

– Running back Michael Bush has 911 yards and is 89 shy of 1,000 yards for the season, and the offensive line intends to get him there.

“He’s kind of quiet about it, but I know he wants it, and we want it too, as bad as he does,” center Samson Satele said.

Bush hasn’t gained that many yards in a game since Nov. 20, when he had 109 yards on 30 carries ten days after getting 157 yards on 30 carries against San Diego.

Since the back-to-back 30-carry games, Bush’s attempts and yardage have been 24-for-69 against Chicago, 10-for-18 against Miami, 23-for-78 against Green Bay, 18-for-77 against Detroit and 23-for-70 against Kansas City.

“That’s why it’s so difficult to be the lead back and the lead ballcarrier game after game,” offensive coordinator Al Saunders said. “You need to have some people that can go in and spell him. Defensive coaches look at what you do well and take it away first . . . in this league, each week, you don’t get any healthier. You either maintain what you are or you’re a little sore, a little beat up, and he’s had a lot of hits.

“We think he’s been very productive. Maybe not number-wise, but certainly in what he’s been asked to do. But it takes a toll on you after awhile.”

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  • Silverandblack666

    Yates will remain on the sidelines for the rest of the game…so its up to Jake Delhomme to keep our wild card hopes alive!

  • Thec07

    Thec07 Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 11:49 am
    delhomme is garbage

    ++++

    Its up to cushing to keep the tits from scoring…

  • Silverandblack666

    “delhomme is garbage”

    Yeah I would say 4th string QB = garbage

  • Thec07

    titans suc horse dic

  • RaidingTexas

    Silverandblack666 Says:

    IN other words if Jets lose and Titans win our Wild Card hopes are dead then we need to worry about Denver

    ————————————–

    And we need to worry about the Raiders in all situations. lol

  • Thec07

    houston is going to win in spite of delhomme… titans cant stop the run…

  • RaidingTexas

    The rookie QBs are going down left and right.

  • Thec07

    can we trade mcclain for cushing?

  • Silverandblack666

    If the Jets win the Titans win wont matter

  • RaidingTexas

    Titans now leading. Jets held to 3.

    Time for TUMS.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    666 rules.

    Go Raiders!

  • boss01

    My nerves are already crumbling thanks to delhomo
    I hope we face him next week

  • RaidingTexas

    Snb666, you have groupies here?

  • KennyStapler

    Rough year for them at QB. Kubiak gonna have to start his grandma if this keeps up lol

  • Thec07

    kubiak puts in delhomme… he wants to play the tits again next week….

  • RaidingTexas

    Revis just dropped a sure pick 6. lol

  • Thec07

    RaidingTexas Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 12:03 pm
    The rookie QBs are going down left and right.

    ++++++++++

    Yates is not hurt, kubiak just pulled him…

  • KennyStapler

    Jets D holds! Yesss!

  • Silverandblack666

    I want Denver to lose but I don’t want to rely on that as our only in to the post season.

    Fear and Loathing thanks

  • RaidingTexas

    16 minutes ago – by Brandon Williams – Yates back on sidelines but Delhomme playing
    Rookie QB T.J. Yates returned to the field after going to the locker room with an apparent injury during the opening scoring drive. Jake Delhomme remained in the game as Yates’ status remained questionable.

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

    I’m going to go with the experts on this one. Why would you pull a guy who was 4 for 4 so far in the game?

  • LT DAN

    Is that the d haggin we cut that is kicking butt with the Bills today?

  • KennyStapler

    Sanchez better man up. Lots of pressure.

  • BewareofRaiders

    Been blasting raider nation by ice cube all day and will be blasting it through my housre lets gooo Raiders!! JUST WIN BABY!!

  • KennyStapler

    LT DAN Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 12:13 pm
    Is that the d haggin we cut that is kicking butt with the Bills today?

    ****

    Yes

  • RaidingTexas

    LT DAN Says:

    Is that the d haggin we cut that is kicking butt with the Bills today?

    —————————

    Yup. Exactly why the Raiders need a GM who can overrule stupid personnel moves by Huebris.

  • Thec07

    aidingTexas Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 12:11 pm
    16 minutes ago – by Brandon Williams – Yates back on sidelines but Delhomme playing
    Rookie QB T.J. Yates returned to the field after going to the locker room with an apparent injury during the opening scoring drive. Jake Delhomme remained in the game as Yates’ tatus remained questionable.

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

    I am watching the game. He did go out however, he could easily come back in as the announcers said ” how do you xray a hang nail”. Nothing really wrong with him, no reports of injury nada….

  • KennyStapler

    Would you have cut Schillens or Murphy for Hagan?

  • KennyStapler

    Wish I had the ticket so I can watch the Jets amd Texans

  • LT DAN

    I wouldnt have signed housmanzada

  • boss01

    Gator arms Murphy should not be on our roster

  • RaidingTexas

    I dunno man. CBSSports.com seems to have info that the TV guys don’t, which is funny considering the game is on CBS. Go Jets! lol

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

    Texans QB T.J. Yates helped to engineer a touchdown on the first drive of the afternoon in Week 17 against the Titans, but he left the game immediately afterwards. He appeared to have sustained a head injury on a sack, and he will not return to the game.

  • Silverandblack666

    “I am watching the game. He did go out however, he could easily come back in as the announcers said ” how do you xray a hang nail”. Nothing really wrong with him, no reports of injury nada….”

    And yet Delhomme is still in….Like I said earlier Yates will not be back they have nothing to play for so why risk further injury…..we will see but so far its still Jake D

  • 504 Raider

    Bills Stevie Johnson is 100% pure idiot and just doesn’t get it. You would think after the Plaxico TD celebration penalty that cost them the game and subsequent apology that he was done with TD celebrations. The idiot pulls another stunt pulling up his jersey with a message written on his undershirt. Chan Gailey finally benched his butt.

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    as long as jets win it doesnt matter if titans win, for these early games.

  • Silverandblack666

    Sanchez intercepted….they guy is not that good

  • LT DAN

    What a crappy throw by sanchez ha ha jets need a qb bad.. i bet campbell ends up there

  • KennyStapler

    Longest Day Ever!

  • Thec07

    Yates is done for the day after going 4 of 4 looked good on the drive. Sending him to the locker room was window dressing, or method acting. He was coming out anyway. no reason to leave him in the game…

  • RaidingTexas

    Gawdammit. Sanchez just pulled a sanchez.

  • LT DAN

    I am watching texan game yates is messing around on the sideline no problems there

  • Silverandblack666

    “as long as jets win it doesnt matter if titans win, for these early games.”

    Exactly!

    We win wild card in a 4 way tie with Cin, Jets, Tenn and Us

    But we lose a three way tie with Cin, Tenn and Us

    We also win a 3 way tie with Cin, Jets and Us

  • KennyStapler

    LT DAN Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 12:18 pm
    I wouldnt have signed housmanzada

    Boss01 Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 12:18 pm
    Gator arms Murphy should not be on our roster

    *****

    Yes and hell yes!

  • Thec07

    I understand the playoff scenarios however, I want them all to lose except the jest…

  • Silverandblack666

    “LT DAN Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 12:18 pm
    I wouldnt have signed housmanzada

    Boss01 Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 12:18 pm
    Gator arms Murphy should not be on our roster

    *****

    Yes and hell yes!”

    I agree the most overlooked part of the Hagan loss was that he was our best gunner on punts

  • boss01

    D hagan already has more catches and yards in one half than tj housh has had this year…..hue are you listening?

  • LT DAN

    I also wonder why boss isnt getting more catches that guys was suppossed to be good

  • morilla

    Steve Smith is such a little punk. He reminds me of a chihuahua.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Housh will show his value in the playoffs. his familiaritywith palmer will be key. He also provides a veteran presenceto our young wr’s. He’s always been a good route runner.
    I don’t mind this move.
    Murphy can go. trade bait for pick perhaps?

  • Raiderbuck

    The whole season comes down to today and no POSTS?

  • No Mas Diamante

    Boss is needed to block.