Looking good for McFadden, Jennings vs. KC

Running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were participants in practice for the third straight day Friday, making it likely they’ll be available when the Raiders visit the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

McFadden missed the Raiders’ 27-17 win over Denver with a hamstring strain, while Jennings left the San Diego game with a hamstring strain after 10 carries for 41 yards and did not return.

Having both running backs ready to go Sunday would give the Raiders a better chance at winning for the seventh consecutive time in Kansas City against their AFC West rival.

Kansas City, 5-0, has one of the NFL’s top defenses, but has shown more vulnerability against the run (ranked 21st) than the pass (ranked fourth).

In a 26-16 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, who have a mobile quarterback in Michael Vick and run some of the same option type runs the Raiders use with Terrelle Pryor, running back LeSean McCoy ran for 158 yards against the Chiefs.

“We want to be balanced and we want to be able to run the football,’’ Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Thursday. “We feel confident with both those guys in there being able to do it. If we have both, I think it will help us out tremendously.’’

Center Stefen Wisniewski (knee) was not at practice and will probably be ruled “out’’ later today, with the Raiders allowing him to heal up over the bye week. Tackle Menelik Watson (calf) and strong safety Tyvon Branch (ankle) were also not present and won’t make the trip to Kansas City.

Linebacker Kaluka Maiava, who was limited with a hamstring injury sustained the previous day, was on the field but not practicing during the media window.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Papertiger

    My buddy took up the harmonica in college and used to practice while on the toilet.

    He called it The Sh!tty Blues.

  • Raider_Riff

    Our D has been kicking butt on scheme & heart.

    We are not that talented on that side of the ball.

    So with or without Branch, nothing really changes. We still got Tarver and a bunch of guys on 1 year deals. We will see the same D we’ve seen all year.

  • nolimits3333

    Reece and Jennings are better than McFadden.
    Why do they keep starting him?

  • 10centsworth

    Did he use a mouth organ?

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Yo Brahs, my girlfriend Angela and the manager just came in the bathroom because they heard someone loudly sobbing

    I dried up my tears quick enough to assure them it wasn’t me

    Then I asked if they could bring the Dawg a few chocolate chip cannolis to munch on while I figure out what to do with my crap-a-liscous undies

    (btw – if any of my blog brahs are at Universal City, grab the Dawg a pair of boxers from the Raider Image and drop them over stall #2 at Bucco Di Beppo. I’ll smoke you out at my next club gig)

  • Papertiger

    My head will explode if we go 8-3 this season. It borders on the surreal to think that this team, after the lambasting they got this preseason, could accomplish such a feat.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Guess that’s why they call it the blues

  • nolimits3333

    I don’t understand why we have not been doing this all season. The NFL is about misdirection.

  • Papertiger

    I have no idea. All I know is that, due to the acoustics of the dorm bathroom, you could hear the notes echoing along the halls and down the stairwell.

  • 10centsworth

    (pssst…notice nothing goes over a Raiders head?)

  • rioderek

    LaMicheal James would work. That guy has game, however the whiners are deep at the position so he’s buried. I think he could be as good as or better than Jamaal Charles. If the Raiders had a real running game, Pryor would be even better. It’s hard to believe teams fear or repect our current crop of RB’s.

  • 10centsworth

    Da Dawg puts out some notes but its not with a mouth organ.

  • Raider_Riff


  • 10centsworth

    Then I picture Butkus’s response to that answer.

  • 10centsworth

    I’m on my way, all they had was women’s thongs tho.

  • 10centsworth

    I just had a visual.

  • Papertiger

    As much as I hate to use this word, there is something almost Kafkaesque about these anecdotes, a crippling darkness underneath all the grotesque and fantastical descriptions.

    You, sir, are an existential abyss.

  • 10centsworth

    Fellini in drag.

  • hwnrdr

    I hear ya

  • Theghostronin79

    New Post

  • Papertiger

    I know it’s not Fellini but I can only imagine what Beech would with The 400 Blows.

    What a remake that would be!

  • 10centsworth

    He has latent…talent? Just needs a dictionary with over 13 words in it.

  • Goldie7

    Him or Jennings.

  • 10centsworth

    The jobs I’ve had you dream about. Hate? Hmmm, I prefer to suffer no fools. The comment you posted under? my sense of humor.
    You want to get intellectual instead of practicing your half semester of psychology?

  • 10centsworth

    Darn. I “hated” again.

  • Raider-Fan-inKC

    “McFadden missed the Raiders’ 27-17 win over Denver”

    As much as I hoped that happened, it’s the wrong team

  • Raider Buck

    What’s your twitter name these days. Im back on now and wanna see your tweets- they always cracked me up.

  • rioderek

    Thanks for proving my point

  • No problem

  • 10centsworth

    Take comfort in that “knowledge”.