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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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  • Jon Train

    They do. As soon as they are posted, they shift left about a millimeter.

  • Raidersfan727

    they both say its very minor today. Reid said houston has no concussion symptoms but he is going through protocol anyways

  • Jon Train

    JC had a catalog of embarrassing slides. You’re gonna have to be more specific.

  • The_Judge37

    Pretty sure he’s talking about the non slide that ended his starting career. I’m not even sure he made the 1st down, I think he was short???/

  • The Big Banana

    Soup is who I thought he was (career backup)

    Just like Flynn is who I though he was (sissy loser)

    And just like Pryor is who I thought he was (gifted and a winner)

  • Dakota

    What really would have been said in 2001:

    OPEN THE g@# D@#@%d POD BAY DOORS HAL YOU SICK F@#KING ARTIFICIAL PIECE OF S#1T!!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    im not buying this garbage you cats are posting on mcfadden, he has health issues but when he is healthy he still very explosive, especially off tackle.

    Running d mac side ways is an awful idea. Dmac is a guy that needs 20-30 touches a game.

    The plunges in the middle can be traced to our really weak o line play

    trust me when veldheer and watson wiz all return then you will see dmac running through huge holes.

    cant blame dmac for running into the pile, the o line is supposed to create lanes and they have not

  • kenchun24

    Well if DMC is back on Sunday use him on screens early and often as the Chefs D-line will be pinning ears back, Raiders O can gash ‘em with those screens to DMC or Reece. Quit banging DMC up the middle Olsen – tosses,sweeps,screens with Jennings on power runs and Reece on 3rd down plays.

  • Dakota

    I hate it when I have to agree with you.

  • Oaktown Raiders

    I lacked complete knowledge on the subject and had no business declaring such. My apologies. Now I do.

    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/10/08/davis-remembered-as-fiesty-afl-leader-during-nfl-merger/

  • KoolKell

    Oh thank you.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    “WHEN HE IS HEALTHY”…KEY PHRASE

  • SnBG

    I can partially agree with that but DMC needs some big holes to open for him to really run. He doesn’t seem to have good vision and cannot slip threw the cracks. The great RBs can slip threw those. His vision also hurts him when he is supposed to pick up the blitz.

  • Jon Train

    His only issue is injuries. But that is a big issue.

    He is not an elite back but he can be very good when he is not being met in the backfield by defenders.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    you dont know what you are looking at.

    the defenses have sold out on the edges to try and stop it,and have yet actually stop it. This has opened more play opportunity in the passing game, that is why the niners are running that play less.

    also gore has not been very good on that play.

    seattle is still gashing teams with that play, the raiders are using it well, so has buffalo and philly

    rg3 is nursing his knee

    defenses are over playing it to try an take it away and the offense have adjusted to take advantage

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    pryor is completing 72 % from the pocket, so what are you talking about exactly?

  • Oaktown Raiders

    Anyone actually play American Football in previous years? Just curious.

  • SnBG

    Why is it that Reece does better than DMC with the same line and Jennings is basically getting the same yards per carry as DMC when he’s suppose to be slower to the hole than McFadden?

  • Oaktown Raiders

    Better vision.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    kap is very inexperienced and only has 12-14 starts under his belt

    all young qbs will be up and down and all need game experience to improve

  • 0ak R8rs

    Good link. And no apologies necessary. Didn’t mean to jump on you. Was just giving out some facts. That’s why I said “just saying…..”

    His place is like running a gauntlet sometimes. You don’t dare be wrong! Haha.

    I got pissed on for nothing by 10cents just by replying to you w facts. Like a house of mirrors in here sometimes.

  • Dakota

    The Defense forgets about them…..

  • KoolKell

    AFL played for 10 yrs? SD was the powerhouse

  • Oaktown Raiders

    Awesome.

  • 0ak R8rs

    It’s easier to just not read it and assume you don’t agree. That’s what I do.

    Did he say something that made sense?

  • SnBG

    Since its inception in 1920 when Akron won the National Title, the NFL fended off several rival leagues. Before 1960, the most important rival was the All-America Football Conference (AAFC), which began play in 1946. The AAFC differed from the NFL in several ways, and the AAFC’s perennial champions—the Cleveland Browns—were considered to be one of the best teams in professional football during that time.

    However, due to the AAFC’s poor financial situation, the league disbanded after the 1949 season. Three AAFC teams—the Browns, the San Francisco 49ers, and the original version of the Baltimore Colts—were absorbed into the NFL in 1950. The league was briefly known as the National-American Football League during the offseason, but reverted to the traditional name of “National Football League” by the time the 1950 season began.

  • SnBG

    My point in a previous post.

  • Raidersfan727

    I think this is it. Dmac seems to be on a straight line sometimes, doesnt use his agility to find holes. Running into linemen 2 yards in is not better than trying to cut back and either gaining just 2 yards or maybe some more.

  • Oaktown Raiders

    I’m so confused what your reason for replying with that was.. I simply asked if anyone played actual competitive football..

  • Breaking_Black

    I hate players that need a certain amount of carries or a whole cast of people around him to be effective.
    Maybe we should bring back Flynn and see if he can be more effective when our Oline is healthy and we have better receivers.
    Thanks but no thanks. Running back are a dime a dozen, dude is mediocre.

  • kenchun24

    Raiders guards are not road graders though…they have struggled all year vs. better DT combos (Denver’s/SD mainly) until Raiders get better guards or full health on the line they should scheme to use DMC’s speed with off tackle runs,fake pass draws ,sweeps and some tosses. Only middle type runs for DMC should come from pistol read/spread option formations (as he and Pryor broke those long ones from that formation in the Indy/Jax games) until the o-line shows they can move the pile.

    Luckily Chefs D as good as they are,they allow 5.3 yds per run – which ranks at the bottom 2 in the league tied with Detroit (Saints are last with 5.4 per rush). I expect this to be the Raiders O gameplan this week – running out of multiple sets, hopefully they get some big gashers from the whole Raider offensive backfield.

  • SnBG

    59-60 was the time the AFL really started to challenge the NFL

  • RaidO

    Keep McFallOver…McRun’InTo…. on the bench…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    When you go off topic, you seem almost normal. You should stay there.

  • SnBG

    You’re extremely welcome Kell

  • SnBG

    Mistic almost normal. We’re in the Twilight Zone.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Yes. In a calm, reasonable way. No emotionally charged embroidery.

  • Oaktown Raiders

    That as well. Presence is a huge factor.. 90% sure that the Charger’s didn’t have a direct defensive scheme keyed on Jennings.

  • Oaktown Raiders

    Exactly. You don’t need vertical speed to be an average running back.. Quickness, patience, and an overall understanding of field vision is all it takes. Just watch Matt Forte with the bears, he has one of the best ball carrier eyes to date. And his quickness compliments that.

  • Dakota

    Well, I guess he should have listened to his parents regarding what happens with your eyesight when you …..you know.

  • SnBG

    Actually you’re Q was a little confusing so I did the best I could with it.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    At least you know your place as the Big Pootbutt.

  • SnBG

    but Reece does better with our Gs than DMC does.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    what is meant by ‘does better”?

    do you even watch the games before blathering about in here?

    jennings highest total for the season this season is 53 yards

    reece highest total is 32

    dmac an eye popping 129!!!

    yards per carry

    jennings 4.0

    reece 5.2

    dmac 4.1

    now consider that fact that reece and jennings donet get the carries dmac does so it skews the average

    anybody claiming that reece or jenings are better runners thatn dmac simply doesnt know football, and is more than likely a palmer worshiping flynn craving loser

  • Oaktown Raiders

    No disrespect, but I really don’t understand how my question was confusing…

  • SnBG

    Man, so many folks keep making excuses for DMC. Last year it was Knapps fault. Now it’s the O lines fault. DMC is not that good.

  • The_Judge37

    You make points?

  • SnBG

    Brisiel did quit well against SD’s line.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Kell has forgotten more about football than…actually, he’s just forgotten a lot.

  • KoolKell

    My first game, Frank Youell Field 1964, Raiders vs San Diego.