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Injured ankle sidelines McFadden, thrusts into action Jones

Running back Darren McFadden touched the ball only five times against the Dallas Cowboys in his return from a hamstring injury, but he played just long enough to add an ankle injury to his growing list of reasons why he can’t play.
As a result, the Raiders turned to former running back Taiwan Jones and asked him to forget about cornerback for the time being and get back into the habit of avoiding tackles.
“My mindset is, when I’m given the opportunity to do something, I’m going to make the most of it,” Jones said. “So whatever thoughts the coaches have, they tell me what to do and I’m here to do it.”
Jones said he wasn’t given much information on what to expect. However, he said he’s pretty confident that he’s going to touch the ball on offense Sunday against the New York Jets.
That likelihood increases if current No. 1 back Rashad Jennings isn’t able to play on the heels of a concussion or if he plays and gets dinged in the game.
“With Rashad’s situation with the concussion, with Jeremy and Darren’s situation, not knowing what their status will be for game day, we have to be prepared with the guys that we have to have somebody step up,” Allen said.
Jeremy as in Jeremy Stewart. He, too, is in question for the Jets game as he rehabs knee and ankle injuries that he suffered against the Jets.
McFadden wasn’t available for comment during the media-access window. Therefore, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether he might return before the season ends.
“It’s more than what we initially had thought, so he wasn’t able to go today,” Allen said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to get him out there soon, but I don’t know.”
As with the quarterback position, the Raiders have had to adjust on the fly at running back and rely far more upon the backups than the player they envisioned being the workhorse before the season started.
The Raiders first projected Matt Flynn to be the starting quarterback. That failed to materialize, with Flynn not playing well during training camp and the exhibition games and losing the job to Terrelle Pryor.
Pryor suffered a right MCL sprain against the Eagles on Nov. 3, struggled in his attempt to play at less than 100 percent and got supplanted by Matt McGloin.
Jennings made the most of his opportunity when McFadden got hurt against the Eagles, and he earned the starting job against the Cowboys, even though McFadden was deemed healthy enough to carry a full workload.
Allen said Friday that McFadden still was healthy enough to be the main back if Jennings’ concussion symptoms lingered.

– Jennings has cleared some of the “hurdles” required of him before he is permitted to play, Allen said.
Jennings was limited in practice today, but he has “gotten better every day,” Allen said.

– Safety Usama Young (neck), right guard Mike Brisiel (knee) and linebacker Kaluka Maiava (calf) did not practice, either.
Cornerback Mike Jenkins (stinger) was full go at practice today. Strong safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), offensive tackle Menelik Watson (illness), defensive end Jason Hunter (foot) and linebacker Miles Burris (toe) were limited today.
Allen seemed particularly pleased to see Branch on the practice field for the first time since Branch suffered an ankle injury.
“Anytime you lose a player of Tyvon’s ability and the way that he plays the game and that he stands for the things that we believe in here and the way that he takes care of his business, that’s a tough guy to replace,” Allen said. “Just getting him back on the field — he moved around pretty well today — is abig boost obviously to him but to all of us.”
Branch and Allen refused to say whether Branch’s injury actually involved a broken leg. Allen said Branch had more than one thing going on with his injury. The recovery process continues.
“I’m still on that road, but I came a long way,” Branch said. “I feel a lot better. I feel a lot more confident in my leg and it’s getting stronger.”
Allen said Branch will play Sunday if his ankle holds up through practice the rest of the week.
“I want to be out there,” Branch said, “so I’m going to push it to the limit and whatever happens, happens. … If my leg holds up, I can make an impact. That’s part of my game; coming in and making plays. So, if I have a chance to come out and make some plays, I want to.”

– Wide receiver Denarius Moore’s sore shoulder still hasn’t healed enough for him to practice.
“He’s still not ready yet,” Allen said. He said last month that it’s likely Moore will have to endure some pain if he is to play again this season.

– Lucas Nix worked at right guard in place of the injured Brisiel today. Allen said Nix is penciled in as the starter at that position for the Jets game if Brisiel isn’t healthy enough to play.
Nix has played mostly left guard all season. However, he got bumped from the starting lineup once left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer returned from a triceps injury and forced Khalif Barnes to left guard.

– Allen reiterated his desire to see Terrelle Pryor play again this season. He once again also steered clear of specifics on just how that’s going to take place.
Pryor also didn’t receive a glowing endorsement from Allen, who made it clear that McGloin is the clear-cut choice to guide the Raiders offense.
“We’d like to give him another opportunity to see what he can do,” Allen said. “The biggest thing is to utilize the guys and do the things that give us the best chance at success offensively, defensively and in the kicking game. If we feel like he gives us an advantage, we’ll use him.”
In other words, don’t hold your breath.

– The Raiders frittered away second-half leads in five of their eight losses this season. It’s not uncommon for the Raiders to get outplayed in the second half.
Why? No one seems to have an airtight explanation. Allen points to success on third-down plays as a primary reason for the disparity in play between the halves.
“Our issue, from a team standpoint, is that we haven’t done as good a job getting off the field on third down and we consequently haven’t had opportunities on offense,” Allen said. “On offense, we haven’t done a great job on third downs in that capacity.”
The Titans converted 10 of 18 third-down plays into first downs against the Raiders in a come-from-behind victory. Many of those came in the second half, especially the game-winning drive.

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  • turf toe

    We’ll give you credit anyway, GDog. Best link in months.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    No hate, just not trusting that he has the goods to fully turn this thing around.
    Whether he gets one more year or gets canned, I won’t be upset really either way.
    But if he does get one more year, he has to draft better next year. He has been awful SO FAR with the picks.
    Spare me the 3 years business. His drafts the last two years, compared to other teams drafts IN THE SAME ROUNDS so far have stunk.

  • Theghostronin79

    don’t think you have to worry about that

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    justice served with Foster, eh? Exla servicing fellow Laker fans didn’t work out as planned

  • R8erEduc8er

    3 isn’t some magic # I came up with. I’d only give him 2 years if his first wasn’t so drastically strapped. This year is where they really had an opportunity to put their stamp on things and I can see it, hear it, feel it. Next year is no excuses. They can fk off if we’re losers next year. But I like this team. They just have to learn how to win. Sounds cliche but it’s what I’m seeing. I’ve liked RM’s drafts.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    I agree they need to learn to win, that’s why any predictions of playoffs or anything like that would be ridiculous.
    Just saying if we finish 4-12 and dead last in the division, that just shouldn’t be acceptable under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Btw. Seems as though I was correct this morning w my assertion that McDouchey was offered a contract in August an was stupid enough to turn it down:

    NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported last August that McFadden rejected the organization’s contract overtures. He was intent on proving that he could stay healthy and productive on his way to one last mega-contract the next offseason.

  • DJ Johnny

    By citing that article my point was just to say it’s no slam dunk that we are on the right path.
    I’m not saying we aren’t, just that it’s not “retarded” or being a “dumb azz” or even a ‘hater’ if you dare to question where we are at in this ‘rebuilding process’ and that there are some valid reasons to question some things.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Who made those backloaded contracts to begin with? You are left with bad and worse options. Palmer actually restructured to allow the Raiders to even field a team in 2102 (most of you forget that by the way). Yes he did not take a pay cut but his willingness to work and get the cap number down was very helpful. Keeping Carson actually saved Raiders cap in 12 so we could field a team.

    Having said all that did RM wiff – for sure. Flynn was a wiff. Brisiel was questionable at best. However stuff like not signing Bryant or Wheeler to some gigantic contract like they got and getting Walker and Burnett back which seem to be just as good for 1/5 the price seems good to me. As I have said jury is still out but tired of all this I gotta win now Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa stuff with comparison to Colts or some expansion team just does not do it for me. Very different situations.

  • RaidingTexas

    Icemageddon begins. FML

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    We don’t know if a contract was offered, seems like more we wanted to talk shop and he said pass.
    Who knows though.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    This DA is a real comedian isn’t he?

  • RaidingTexas

    Suspended TP too.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    He didn’t take any less money, he got it paid up front (that is what a restructure is).
    We did him more of a favor than he did us.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Still fact of the matter Raiders initiated it and it took something like 10 million off the cap. You can spin the rest anyway you want.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    By the way I flat out said he did not take a pay cut.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Took 10 millie off last year, took the hit this year.
    Reggie just shifted the dead money one year ahead, Carson took his cash up front.
    Probably put it in the market and made 20+% off it, so he was very happy.

  • VanHeathen30

    Glad to see Taiwan get some time at RB, thought DA and Co shut the door on him pretty quick…waiting for McFading to be ready to go is a joke.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    YO YO YO THE BIG DAWG IS BACK N THE HIZZY

    Whut up major goobs and dorks

    The Dawg has been chatting with his pal Cork, he’s the Dawg’s newest bro ham

    Cork did ask the Dawg to tone down some of the more graphic experiences with his many lady loves, which is kewl with the diggity

    You never know if any of my 11 children are reading the blog, don’t want them running out to buy Magnums before their weiners have worked their way through a few Lifestyle Snuggers

    Doesn’t mean the Dawg will stop regulating blog goobers, he is, after all, the Official Blog Super Hero, here to keep it safe for the good, honest nerds in the comments section

    Oh yeah, almost forgot to mention that the Lawg was just measured and is just 1mm from a full 16 inches.

    Go ahead, tell your bosses all about it

    WRECKS N FULL EFFECT

  • _Mista_

    TJ has earned a shot by his stellar ST’s play.It’s a shame he only gets a chance by default.

    DMAC and his nagging injuries can go lick a dogs a$s.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Just to be clear he moved from salary to bonus. All of it was garunteed after he was on roster on certain date. He got paid all at once because bonus instead of week by week. Not like we paid him next years money this year but the cap hit was spread out and off 2012. I think his final hit was only the vet minimum salary.

  • RaidingTexas

    Or maybe they’ve avoided this due to his fumblitis?

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Hey Dork, the Dawgs been MIA for the last few days, any chance you lost that virginity yet? No bigs either way, but hit up Backpage for some leads

    You can thank the Dawg and JFB for the hook up later, word

  • _Mista_

    Really?
    How many fumbles does TJ have in his career and how many does J Ford have in his?

    Pull your head out Texas.

  • DJ Johnny

    We may tend to overthink thing’s when analyzing the Raiders sometimes. I’m guilty of it.
    Someone made the point that IF we had merely had a stud pass rusher to make a key sack in those games we blew late that we’re having an entirely different conversation.
    Ha. Then we’re talking 7-5, Reggie’s a genius, DA is coach of the year, the future is bright, and were discussing who we’re gonna play in the first round.

  • RaidingTexas

    The stats don’t include the fumbles that he didn’t lose.

  • _Mista_

    Texas…your head.

  • RaidingTexas

    Don’t you need Dmac to get a big paycheck somewhere else? I mean, you don’t want to lose the child support for the butt babies you gave him. You hung onto that jock for so dam long when the rest of us figured it out two years ago.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    He told me once he had been following the Raiders since 63′

  • VanHeathen30

    Cookie has done a great job of getting his brother and friends employement…as far as drafting and putting together a winning team, management staff, scouts, seems less than stellar at this point. With his ‘scouts’ we have more top picks on IR than on the field..not what a team in rebuild mode needs.

  • _Mista_

    With DMAC it wasn’t a question of his ability. I gave him a chance to overcome his injury bug.

    No regrets.

    You on the other hand are just ignorant and have no idea what you are looking at.

    How does SeaPerch’s nuts taste?

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    you can’t predict injuries, but you should be able to evaluate a player and tell if he sucks or not … Reggie = flop

  • Gdog

    It wasn’t just written yesterday… it was written on Sept 3 and he was right about pretty much everything before it happened. Thus there is no reason to believe he won’t also be right about Reggie going FORWARD. He has made major blunders that are being covered up by some good coaching by DA… and some dumb luck (Streater and McGloin basically walk ons).

    The dude needs to start making PERFECT decisions going forward to make up for the blunders. THis franchise needs fewer excuses and more wins. What part of this is incorrect?

  • RaidingTexas

    I don’t know. I can’t get King to hold them properly for a taste.

  • _Mista_

    Not from a lack of trying though.

    Stupid mut..

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    McNinny not practicing.
    Hell of a contract push there Darren!!!!!!

  • R8erEduc8er

    Major blunders and dumb luck lol…man do you love to exaggerate. As far as I’m concerned, the only major blunder was hiring Knapp. All the others are immaterial. I think the writer wrote about 5 or so “blunders”…so if RM had hit on those 5 “blunders”, he’d be the 1st PERFECT GM in NFL history. We’d all be asking him for tomorrow’s lotto numbers.

  • VanHeathen30

    Is Cookie on his way to being our Matt Millen the GM or the Ozzie Newsome GM? hate to say he’s looking more Matt Millen at this point a month before his 2 yr review…got to remember there were plenty of OTHER GM candidates that NEVER got an interview that may have done a better job hiring/drafting, but we got Mark’s ‘GUT feeling’ guy after 1 interview.
    Horrible hiring technique in the business world BTW…

  • _Mista_

    He is a major disappointment bordering on JaMeatball status.

  • Gdog

    The culture didn’t look changed much when the ten new D starters face-planted to end the Tenn game. Just sayin…

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Jamarcus only had one good pass, and that was when he PASSED OUT from drinking too much szzzuurrrrpp

    That’s a joke I’m considering using in my new stand up comedy routine, for obvious reasons

    AWWW SNAP

  • _Mista_

    Big Mac < Big King

  • 0ak R8rs

    Pretty sure he’s gay. Any accusation by a woman against Jameis is suspect IMO. Now, if it was a freshman boy…….

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yawn.

  • HELLSBELLS

    You no whats weird I thoght the same thing. Nothing wrong with it but thats how he struck me to.

  • 10centsworth

    0szhit disturber, that is ALL you are. Taiwan was sitting there, 4th, maybe 5th string RB. A great athlete they wanted to keep. The coaches AND TJ were glad to make this move, and TJ stayed on the active roster. NOW? This just shows how versatile his is, and the fact crumbs like you use his talents to beat on your chests is…pure crap.0

  • Gdog

    Lets see.. he face planted nearly every draft pick besides MAYBE Sio so far. He traded CP away to save a million dollars, and didn’t use the money to keep ShoNasty. The Seymour restructure was head scratching from the second it happened by anyone with a brain. There are more obvious blunders than perfect decisions (Burnett signing was FANTASTIC),

    Cmon man..

  • DJ Johnny

    Ha. That’s awesome. I hope it’s true.
    Oh he’d talk now though wouldn’t he?
    Too late twinkle toes.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Oak Dork, besides being a virgin, you also cannot recognize great comedy

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. Idc what he screws. But I get a weird vibe from his interviews and pressers and stuff.