By Steve Corkran
Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 1:04 pm in Oakland Raiders.
ALAMEDA – The Raiders boarded a plane for New Jersey on Friday minus three starters and three key backups, making their task of beating the New York Giants all the more difficult.
Running back Darren McFadden, strong safety Tyvon Branch and right offensive tackle Tony Pashos are among the six players the Raiders left behind so that they can rehabilitate their injuries.
Same goes for nickel back D.J. Hayden, who suffered a groin injury in practice Wednesday, wide receiver Juron Criner and backup right tackle Matt McCants.
Rashad Jennings will start in place of McFadden, who aggravated a hamstring injury against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday.
Rookie Menelik Watson will make his first NFL regular-season start at right tackle. The Raiders will sign offensive lineman Jack Cornell from their practice squad and place him on the 53-man roster as insurance, coach Dennis Allen said.
The Giants are fresh from back-to-back victories, as well as having a week off, while the Raiders are bouncing back from a 49-20 defeat to the Eagles.
Allen said he is confident that the Raiders can purge the bitter taste from their mouths on the heels of the one-sided loss to the Eagles.
“We’ve had a good week of practice, they’re mentally ready to go and now we got to go out on Sunday and execute,” Allen said. “We got to do our job and we got to do it fast. This team’s ready to play.”