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Ford says he’s good to go

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 5:02 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • LT DAN

    Not sure who would trade for Murphy he hasnt shown much

  • boss01

    The red and yellow ferraris (ford and dwow)are back

  • RaidingTexas

    I still don’t understand how Dan Dierdorf has a job in the booth. That guy is awful.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Murphy is a mystery. Looks like he’s drunk runnin’ those reverses sometimes.

  • boss01

    Black Ferrari (dmac) still in the maintenance garage…we will win with the yellow Ferrari and red Ferrari today…. We will win next week when the black Ferrari comes back and we have all three ferraris on the field

  • No Mas Diamante

    So I want the jets to win? I hate the jets. I want them all to lose.

  • LT DAN

    looks like texans lost a lineman to injury

  • djohnnyg

    Thanks- SilverandBlack and Raiding Texas.

    Worst case is 8-8 and two seasons in a row without a losing record.

    Of course we all want more.

  • djohnnyg

    599.Raiderbuck Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 12:32 pm
    The whole season comes down to today and no POSTS?

    Yeah. It’s like they really don’t want us relying on them for Raider news.

  • RaidingTexas

    Houston just tied it up at 13. They need to keep that game close so that the Jets don’t give up early.

  • boss01

    Texans tie it up

  • djohnnyg

    Jets HAVE to get it done today right?

    You’d think.

  • morilla

    With R.Mathews out its going to be Rivers airing it out all day. Tolbert is an easy target to bring down.its almost like Barney Rubble running the ball.

  • 504 Raider

    Horseshoe on the Helmet. Luck’s name on the back of jersey. How Ironic?

  • 504 Raider

    Looks like next year Hue wilkl be swapping out Housh for Ocho.

  • 504 Raider

    This wait is killing me. Gonna go run 3 miles. Be right back.

  • djohnnyg

    Pats about ready to take the lead; you just knew THAT would happen.

    Titans now lead.

    Jets NEED to hold on.

    C’mon Rex.

  • RaidingTexas

    Titans now winning. Miami driving against the Jets. Bills about to blow it.

    The great unraveling begins. The division win may be the only route to the playoffs for the Raiders.

  • RaiderintheRockies

    game time cant come soon enough, been thinking it was Sunday since Thursday… LETS DO THIS, SILVER & BLACK!! (& of course let the chips fall in our favor today!)

  • djohnnyg

    Still plenty of time for the Jets but they need to get that offense together.

    C’mon Sanchez.

  • Raiders for life

    Jets D fallin apart. I hate rooting for them.

  • djohnnyg

    Matt Moore is better than Sanchez.

  • RaidingTexas

    Houston is answering with a nice drive now. Hope they can get some points here.

  • djohnnyg

    1st and goal Miami at the 1.

  • ChrisinNC

    Jets suck… Sure hope there offense steps it up next drive.

  • ChrisinNC

    Come on man! One of you teams need to get this crap done!

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Villapiano

    Come on Jets. I guess it doesn’t matter if Titans lose.

  • RaidingTexas

    Matt Moore better than Sanchez? I don’t know about that man. Are you still mad about the hot dog? LOL

  • ChrisinNC

    Dang man! Jets defenders had Moore trapped and they didn’t get to him.

  • djohnnyg

    Of course Miami scored.

    Show some guts NYJ.

  • Silverandblack666

    Matt Moore looked better than Sanchez on that play

  • djohnnyg

    Still plenty of time for both games.

  • Silverandblack666

    Anyone notice the patriots going for 2 points right now….just like we should have in Detroit.

  • edward teach

    That was a pretty impressive drive by the Dolphins.

    Who knows, maybe Sanchez can get it going.

  • ChrisinNC

    I’d really rather not put our playoff hopes in the hands of Kyle Orton…

  • RaiderintheRockies

    I know he’s not a runner, but Delbumme had all the time & enough space on that third down to run at least for the 1st down on his left side… this is killing me!

  • ChrisinNC

    Texans are about to tie it at least…

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    rams atrocious defensive awareness on a fake FG that results in a TD.

  • RaidingTexas

    Well, Houston tied it up. THere’s still hope.

  • ChrisinNC

    You’ve got to be kidding me..

  • C2E

    Jets…wtf

  • ChrisinNC

    ridiculous interception by dolphins d lineman.

  • Silverandblack666

    See I told you Sanchez SUCKS!!!!

    I hope Orton has a better day than him today.

  • ChrisinNC

    Sure hope this “nasty” Houston D stands strong.

  • morilla

    Sanchez could very well seal his death warrant with this game.

  • RaidingTexas

    There’s a new post

  • KennyStapler

    Jets on the verge of a meltdown

  • ChrisinNC

    Miami up by 6 with 7 min left. Jets gotta get it going now.

  • ChrisinNC

    Titans really suck man. If they get into the playoffs over us, it’s criminal.

  • ChrisinNC

    My goodness. Dude for the Texans was WIDE open and dropped the ball for a first down.