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.