By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 11:59 am in Oakland Raiders.
Starting middle linebacker Rolando McClain and backup running back Taiwan Jones were on the practice field during the stretching portion of practice Wednesday. Soon thereafter, they departed for the locker room.
No word yet on what’s up with either player. Both played Monday night against the San Diego Chargers and didn’t suffer any obvious injury.
We should know more once we speak with coach Dennis Allen in about 90 minutes.
If McClain can’t play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, Travis Goethel likely would get the start. Mike Goodson would be the only other option at running back behind Darren McFadden if Jones can’t play.
– Stefen Wisniewski is taking snaps with the first-team offense, just as Allen said was going to happen.
Allen also said that Wisniewski and Alex Parsons still are competing for the starting spot at center. Parsons started the regular-season opener.
Wisniewski missed all the offseason workouts while recovering from shoulder surgery. He practiced for only two weeks and played only one series in an exhibition game during training camp as a result of a calf injury he suffered Aug. 13.
–Wide receiver Jacoby Ford (foot), long-snapper Jon Condo (concussion) and cornerback Ron Bartell (shoulder) also aren’t at practice, as expected.
Ford underwent surgery on his left foot Tuesday in North Carolina and is expected to miss a “significant” amount of time, according to Allen.
Bartell suffered a broken left shoulder blade, and he is expected to miss at least four weeks.
— The Raiders waived wide receiver Brandon Carswell from the practice squad and signed cornerback Coye Francies to take Carswell’s spot.
– Long-snapper Travis Tripucka is not at practice today. He Tweeted earlier today that he is on his way to Oakland.
It’s unclear whether Tripucka is coming in for a tryout or if he has been signed. Again, we’ll know more later this afternoon.