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Wisniewski misses practice again

With Stefen Wisniewski missing practice for the second consecutive day Thursday the Raiders will likely be facing one of the NFL’s most dominant fronts without the player most adept at relaying blocking assignments.

Veteran Andre Gurode, who started at center in a 27-17 win over San Diego, will assume that spot again against the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs, with Lucas Nix making his second straight start at left guard.

The center position is key against Kansas City in that Dontari Poe, a 6-foot-1, 346-pound nose tackle, is the central figure in the Chiefs’ 3-4 defense. Poe has 4.5 sacks for a team that leads the NFL in that department with 21.

“The more (Gurode) plays in there, the better he’s going to be,’’ Allen said Wednesday. “I would look for even more improvement out of him this week, although he’s got a tough challenge.’’

With the bye week following the Kansas City game, chances are the Raiders could get Wisniewski back when play resumes on Oct. 27 with a home date against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Allen stressed, however, the Raiders won’t be holding anyone out that is ready to play against Kansas City in order to get the extra week’s rest the bye provides.

“You play with the guys that are healthy enough to play and if the guys are healthy enough to play, they’ll be out there Sunday,’’ Allen said. “We need all these guys to go out there and win this football game and we need to take all the able bodies we have and healthy guys we have and go win a game.’’

The good news for the Raiders was that running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings both practiced for the second straight day, making it likely they’ll face the Chiefs.

McFadden missed the San Diego game with a hamstring strain, while Jennings carried 10 times for 41 yards before leaving with the same injury.

Right tackle Tony Pashos (groin) practiced again, which is a good sign since left outside linebacker Justin Houston has 8.5 sacks.

Players who weren’t on the field Thursday aside from Wisniewski included tackle Menelik Watson (calf) and safety Tyvon Branch (ankle).

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  • Breaking_Black

    DMac is the new Palmer/Flynn.
    Let it go you guys. He’s just not that good.

  • The_Judge37

    Lol, so you only make excuses for 52 guys on the roster.

  • kenchun24

    I think if used right (screens,draws,flare passes,read option keeps) he can be very effective in this (most likely) his last year with Oakland…he has good hands and speed,but his vision and tackle breaking are sub par IMO.

    Now if DMC was playing behind the Dallas Cowboys ’90s o-line – he’d be an all pro (health pending of course).

  • KoolKell

    Ask TP, he says he needs DMAC in the game.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    i dont consider 4.1 yards per carry behind a crap o line and with a defense keyed to stop you mediocre at all

    the greatest rb’s in history also needed 20 or more touches to leave their mark, because it wears out the defense

    payton, brown dickerson cambell dorsett, allen smith, for example

  • KoolKell

    TP says DMAC takes pressure off him.

  • SnBG

    Actually. Palmer did better with Knapp than he’s doing with Arians right now.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Almost a head short.

  • SnBG

    Reece can do that better than DMC. Jennings also..

  • Breaking_Black

    He also complimented Matt Flynn.
    It just means he was raised to be polite.

  • Oaktown Raiders

    I’ve never been one to assume credibility where I don’t deserve it, if I’m wrong I’ll be the first to admit it. Appreciate the clarifications brother.

  • KoolKell

    No they can’t.

  • SnBG

    Got to really consistently practice those things over and over to be real good at them.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    New post.

  • kenchun24

    Yeah but if you can’t gain 5 yard runs from standard I formation/extra o-line sets (Denver game) as an offensive coord/unit you should figure out ways to get big runs from other sets & formations. It can be done,NFL coaches/cooordinators are continually tweaking and adding stuff while the year goes on all the time.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Odd, that.

  • SnBG

    DMC is a bust. Another Al pick that hasn’t lived up to his billing.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You’re a pleasant surprise among our recently acquired commenters.

  • kenchun24

    Been reading the ITRB since 2009 only started posting after the Bears preseason game this year when things got interesting with the Pryor revelation. Was RaiderKenny24 for the short time of the old blog format but I’ve had a Disqus account for over a year now so just sticking with my same name.

  • SnBG

    Got to stay healthy to do that. Plus they do that and DMC can’t run from different sets either. Can’t run dif formations when the players can’t execute them. This isn’t about the coaching. It’s about DMC. He’s a bust in any formation.

  • SnBG

    He has been used in those formations man. He isn’t that fast anymore and goes down to easy when he gets hit.

  • kenchun24

    For sure…but Olsen will figure out a way to get the best use out of him. He isn’t going anywhere methinks with the trade deadline here. Use all three RBs (plus Pryor’s run threat) is what I hope for the rest of the season.

  • Donovan Burgess

    You don’t just find faster 250 lb men that can run like deer. No TP is an elite athlete. He is going to be fun to watch for years to come.

  • Oaktown Raiders

    Before we make extreme judgments on DMC and continue with the “off with his head” antics.. Let’s get Veldheer and Wiz back.. Let’s allow him to settle back and get reacquainted with the power scheme that we’ve reverted back to after the horrendous zone blocking scheme Knapp thought wise to implement.. Let’s give the guy a break.. If anything it’s simply bad luck that he’s been injured so damn much. And we should be ecstatic to know that a hamstring strain isn’t serious. But let’s all stop what we’re doing and watch a bit of tape from previous years.. He’s got it. We all know his contribution to the pass game. As a runner, his vision is definitely suspect.. But when the holes open, the blocks are right and green grass is ahead of him. He’ll produce. After all.. our fatboys upfront aren’t overwhelming any opposition in the run game.

  • SnBG

    Knapp again. Reece ran better in the ZBS than DMC. Reece and Jennings are doing OK with this line. What’s DMC excuse.

  • SnBG

    Anyone can run behind a line that opens big holes but the great one run well with average lines.

  • Que

    Barry Sanders

  • kenchun24

    Well he was one of a kind…his dang legs and hips were created by the folks who made the Six Million Dollar Man.

  • Oaktown Raiders

    How can we not blame Knapp.. Where is he now? QB coach with Denver? He was never here to develop Dmac’s skillset. Jennings runs harder than DMac.. that’s obvious. Marcel Reece weighs 255 running a 4.4.. that’s a tank moving like a sports car. C’mon now, we’re all just dogging him because he’s had only 1 good year out of five seasons and is yet to finish a complete 16… I still believe in him. But you’re entitled to jump ship my friend. Nonetheless, he may not even be a Raider next year.

  • brad

    It’s true Kell let it go DMAC and them Pigeon toes is not what was advertised he was in a backfield in college that was a two to three headed monster! Complementary back at best! Best years were with dual threat all the way back to Huggie Bear Jr. Justin Fargas! it’s been a long time Kell!

  • turf toe

    Purvisman…my mood is shifting. Somebody mentioned Alex Smith’s birdy hands, and some of the Pryor hates are slithering back. Going to try to stay positive…think positive…

  • turf toe

    Let’s let’s let’s…
    The guy has no vision, can’t stay on the field, and needs to go where mt fln went.
    Hell.

  • turf toe

    Jump ship? That gimp has been in drydock for years.

  • turf toe

    Yes.

  • turf toe

    Yes.

  • turf toe

    Olsen will figure out a way to get the best use out of him? DMac’s always on the ground, so how about laying tile?

  • Oaktown Raiders

    Although I agree with everything that you said, but condemning him to hell, I still believe his best years are ahead of him, whether he’s rocking the silver and black or not.

  • kenchun24

    lol

  • Ronin559

    And Barry played behind that was maybe the worst line in the NFL.

  • Ronin559

    Turf Toe forgot the 2 things, his lack of balance and inability to make guys miss.
    I hope for his sake his best football is ahead of him, but the way this season is going I seriously doubt it will be in a Raider uniform.

  • Ronin559

    A guy needs to produce more than 1 out of 5 years if he is going to ask for the big pay day. and techincly that 1 good year was only 1/2 of a year.

  • Ronin559

    Reece and Jennings can get the job done, but they arent the threat the DMC is. Jenning does need to get in there more on 1st and 2nd down though.

  • Ronin559

    Yup, TP2 is just trying to be a good teammate and a leader, no need to thow anyone under the bus.

  • Oaktown Raiders

    Well Mcfadden’s always been a one-cut running back.. An Arian Foster without the vision. And quite frankly I don’t see his lack of balance. For a 6’2″ guy he can stay upright pretty damn well.. Not as well as AP, obviously, but he holds up. His awkward style of running may be your reasoning for that judgement. We definitely won’t see him in a Raiders uni if he asks for too much mula.. I’m rooting for the guy to succeed though. Injuries are stressful for the players tenfold than it is for us.. I’m sure we’d see a whole different level of production if he played his full 6 year 16 games. But I’m just speculating.