McClain, Jones not practicing


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.


Steve Corkran

  • Stupar and Meatoga are gone.

  • branden.w

    Weighing the sieve that we had for a run defense combined with a strong pass rush versus the much stouter run defense (albeit against the Sharter’s back-up RBs) and zero pass rush.

  • can’t catch a break

  • Klas like Stupar. Too bad.

  • YoungAmerican

    Stupar didn’t look that good, in my opinion. Slow to react, average athleticism.

  • papertiger418

    Anybody else thInk we should sign Jabari Gaffneu immediately? The guy is still out there and his contact won’t be guaranteed.

  • branden.w

    Janikowski – Nailed the 51 yarder routinely, although on-side needs work.

    Laying the ball on it’s side and trying to bounce it off the hand’s team front line blockers was an interesting idea. Would have been really cool if it would have worked.

  • papertiger418

    That would be Jabari Gaffney…stupid iPhone

  • MaddenRaiderisadouchebag

    RaiderDuck Says:

    Wrong. The most important job on D is shutting down the run. Who cares how great your pass rush is if teams can run for 5 yards a clip all game? You’ve got to shut down the run, THEN you can worry about rushing the passer. And Wheeler’s a significant upgrade to our D. Take a look at the results: 10 points given up legitimately (the other FGs I don’t count because the Chargers started their drives already in field goal range).


    Nobody had less rushing yards than the Giants last year. Green Bay was 24th the year before. In 2009, The Saints had a top 10 attack that was fueled by their passing attack which was higher. The Steelers were 23rd in rushing yards in 2008. You still think it’s the most important thing on defense is to stop the run in today’s NFL?

  • Piranha

    KoolKell Says:
    September 12th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Seymour Bush Says:
    September 12th, 2012 at 12:05 pm
    KoolKell Says:
    September 12th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Yeah, but every year, the last 10 years, Homers are telling us to shut up and be patient.

    I don’t know if I could have an absolute meltdown and advocate the entire team and org walk the plank after week one.
    Who proposed that? Don’t start lying because just because people disagree with you. Don’t start trolling either. Lol.
    I guess it’s better than him playin the race card everytime someone disagrees with him.

    You know, like you do?

  • walrushooker

    If we got a FA WR, it would have to be one that could stretch the field. We have all the possession guys we could ever need. I don’t think Palmer has the accuracy to have all possession guys like Gannon did. I just don’t think Gaffney can stretch the field, Plax would be my pick.

    And to Mark’s Hair, Wimbley is not worth the contract he was paid by Tennessee. Did you really see anything last year that merits that kind of money? Merriman would give you the same quality for much cheaper.

  • Daryle Lamonica

    Taiwan Jones is not the answer. Let him go somewhere else.

  • rodn5yn

    Wheeler is an upgrade at the SAM. Is he the total package, no, he’s not a good pass rusher. Wimbley on the other hand was terribe at everything but rushing the passer, and even at that he’s know Ryan or Suggs.