Still no McFadden, though Reece looks better


ALAMEDA — Running back Darren McFadden is nowhere to be seen on the practice field today. Rashad Jennings is the one taking all the reps with the first-team offense in case he is the one called upon against the San Diego Chargers.
McFadden left the game against the Washington Redskins after only five carries on Sunday. He suffered a hamstring injury earlier in the game and wasn’t able to make it past halftime.
On the bright side for the Raiders, fullback Marcel Reece (knee) looks as if the knee he injured against the Redskins isn’t bothering him too much, if at all.
Cornerback Charles Woodson returned to practice today after he missed Wednesday’s proceedings for what coach Dennis Allen termed a non-football reason.
Center Stefen Wisniewski is on the practice field today. However, he is just watching as his teammates go through their paces.
For now, Andre Gurode is the starting center as long as Wisniewski isn’t able to play. Lamar Mady is the backup in the middle.
Allen and the Raiders are hopeful that Wisniewski will heal well enough and in time to play against the Chargers.
Rookie Menelik Watson is taking reps at left offensive tackle today, with the second-team. Khalif Barnes still is the starter at that position.
Once Watson returns, it’s conceivable that he will push Barnes out of the left tackle spot, with Barnes moving either to right tackle or one of the guard spots.
Wide receiver Andre Holmes is practicing for the second straight day as he works his way back into form after a four-game suspension.
The Raiders have until Saturday afternoon to decide whether to activate Holmes to the 53-man, active roster. If so, they need to cut a player to make room.
If Allen opts to go without Holmes for the Chargers game, the Raiders have to make a roster move Monday if they intend to keep Holmes around, which is likely.


Steve Corkran

  • JLofty

    The talent on D last year was HOT garbage. He gets a pass for ’12. I have been fairly pleased with him so far. They got better last year as it went on. They are certainly better this season than most expected. Not bad for a young DC…

  • JLofty

    Reece if he is full go should be the starting tailback. RJ did REAL good last week filling in for McFragile but Reece needs to be on the field WITH the ball in his hands.
    I thought he was our best TB/HB last year and he had NEVER played the pos before….

  • I also think he is gaining more and more experience defensing the offense at the pro level.
    Like all rookies they either regress or progress, he’s progressing.

  • kennyfoster01@gmail.com

    McFadden is a victim of a poor OL, each year he is hurt trying to do his job with a line that can’t open holds protect QBs, what do they do, get a pay check without completely showing up for work. Each year raiders fans go through the building up a team. While other teams hire new coaches and turn their team around the next season. The raiders hire new coaches almost each year . Jon Gurden is waiting and we as fans are ready for him please hire him. Why do you put us through this each year.their are players out there that can play this game please don’t go through the rest of this season as always without building now.

  • let’s face it Reece hasn’t been a corner stone of the offense since the Hue Jax days.

    Knapp. now Olsen do not know how to use his skills.

    Reese crashing between the tackles, the 8 in the box, piss poor blocking, nothing on the second level, it aint gonna happen.

  • JLofty

    Just had to drop McFragile off my FF team. I have Forte and SJackson and with McLimping not playing I need to start someone!
    Picked up Danny Woodhead. Can’t believe he a FA…

  • JLofty

    You might want to go back to Disqus and set a screen name and hide that email address. You’ll def get a LOT of spam with that showing….

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    New post, for those even slower than me.

  • Mike_Trail

    No I was MikieG—my 4 year old son’s name.

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    Easy there buddy, I haven’t lost my marbles yet. Reece is a beast and needs to be utilized A LOT more.