By Steve Corkran
Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 11:12 am in Oakland Raiders.
Running back Darren McFadden and cornerback D.J. Hayden are among those not on the practice field Friday, making them unlikely to play against the New York Giants.
McFadden hasn’t practiced all week as a result of the aggravated hamstring injury he suffered against the Eagles last Sunday. All indications are, Rashad Jennings will start in place of McFadden on Sunday against the Giants.
It’s also likely that the Raiders will be without nickel cornerback Hayden, backup linebacker Kaluka Maiava and backup wide receiver Juron Criner. None of the three is taking part in practice today. Hayden isn’t even on the field watching.
Also, rookie Menelik Watson is all but assured his first regular-season start at right offensive tackle, given Tony Pashos and Matt McCants, the two that started at right offensive tackle in Oakland’s first eight games, haven’t practiced all week.
Coach Dennis Allen is hesitant to use players in a game if they miss every practice in the lead up to the game.
On the bright side, quarterback Terrelle Pryor, kicker Sebastian Janikowski and wide receiver Rod Streater are going through the paces with their teammates and look ready to roll Sunday.
Backup linebacker Miles Burris also is not taking part in drills today, which marks the second straight day of that being the case. That doesn’t bode well for his being activated to the 53-man roster between now and when the 21-day window expires, at which time the Raiders have to activate Burris, place him on season-ending injured reserve or release the second-year player.