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

    Rivera was his best draft pick IMO, when considering the round.
    Shouldn’t be that great to get a situational pass rusher in the early 3rd round.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Sio, Rivera, McGee, and yes Hayden are all good picks. “To Be Determined” on Watson.

  • Gdog

    Yup. Good point. One great draft pick so far, and one free agent signing I love. In two years.

    DA might actually turn out to be his best choice… or at least I hope. That could make his other blunders more forgivable. Now he just needs to come up with a franchise QB.

    Oh, and stop whiffing on draft choices. Both Hayden and Watson were Al-like picks. I thought all the sycophants hated Al?

  • HELLSBELLS

    Not a flop but not great either. Its this year or see ya.(2014)

  • R8erEduc8er

    Simms, Walker, Burnett, Roach, Jenkins, Porter, Sio, Rivera, McGee, Hayden – 10 players, all good.

  • Gdog

    Why is Hayden and McGee good picks?

    They might become career backups in a few years. Just as easily as great starters.

  • DJ Johnny

    I’d guess Reggie would wanna stay on good terms with DMAC’s agent regardless since it’s Rosenhaus I believe and he reps a whole slew of other players.

  • Gdog

    None “game changers” as Cork keeps repeating.

    We need 5 or 6 of them brought in next season. These are all just starters, at best.

  • R8erEduc8er

    McGee is contributing (sacks, forced TO) as a what, 7th rounder?

    We’ll just have to agree to disagree on Hayden.

  • DJ Johnny

    I told my boss. Now she’s threatening me with a lawsuit.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Manziel, Yankey(or guard from Baylor0 , Hyde, Morgan Breslin in the draft. WR,DE, FS in free agency.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    DJ Brah, my bro Cork and I are brewing up something epic for the off season, your boss will definitely rehire you when she hears this

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    I need some help from you fantasy football guys…

  • seymour bush

    What’s this idiot trying to tell us now? That he thinks Big Macs aren’t as good as the Burger King whopper?

  • spiff

    what WR.in free agency, what names are out there…?

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    The big king is Burger kings new version of the big mac.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Just to be clear ShoNasty is not that guy. We should have taken a flier on one of those guys in the 4th instead of Wilson. Several of them had dropped for various issues.

  • Charlie

    Given the hand that Reggie was dealt is our circumstance really a surprise?
    Every move that has been made can be criticized or
    supported. From my perspective I can see where our circumstance or the hand that was dealt had a SIGNIFICANT impact on EVERY MOVE Reggie has made.

    The salary cap issues, lack of draft picks and lack
    of roster talent have impacted EVERY move from coach selection, FA acquisitions and draft picks.

    I could go on and on but the reality is that Reggie
    is on the job for 2 years. For every criticism I have heard on this blog there are at least as many justifiable reasons why the decisions were made.

    The criticisms I have heard range anywhere from
    silly to inconsequential GIVEN THE SEVERITY OF OTHER MORE PRESSING MATTERS!!!

    I get the frustration of losing and losing badly
    for the past ten years. The biggest frustration for me was seeing us do the same thing repeatedly from
    2003 till 2011 making our circumstance the WORST the NFL has seen during the cap era.

    The absurdity of the Seymour and Palmer deals. The contracts given to Walker and Sands and Kelly and Hall etc. Drafting JR and McClain and Bey and Huff etc.
    Then criticizing the signing of Brisiel and not acquiring a better FA QB with no money available as if they REMOTELY compare to the aforementioned disasters?

    As I have said there is simply no quick fix. I
    would have liked to see 6/7 wins this year. That would have been great. Probably will not happen.

    There are no scapegoats left in Oakland. If anyone wants a scapegoat they need to look prior to 2012.

  • RaidingTexas

    That red meth is better than blue meth?

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Yeah I agree and he took DJ Hayden knowing we needed an impact player there and took a risk on a injured guy….He sent Palmer packing and thought he could replace him with Matt Flynn…if I was Mark I would fire Reggie and keep Dennis Allen.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    The Dawg’s got this sweet new fantasy where a major babe with giant hooters sips margaritas from a glass shaped like a football

  • Gdog

    Well I guess if you are happy with this. Look at how SF changed so quickly… players like Willis were drafted. Denver drafted players like Von Miller. KC drafted Houston and Poe.

    We are happy with McGee?

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    Sounds like a good time. Is she clothed or unclothed?

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Hakeem Nicks in NY is the only one worth considering.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Brah, please

  • Rico Stifler

    The idiot strikes again….

    I better beware cuz I just might get regulated by the biggest jackass in the blogosphere…

  • HELLSBELLS

    What WR in the second round

  • PlunkforHOF

    If this hasn’t been said already: Happy birthday Jim Plunkett!

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    His trailer is a “Big King” brand come on guys…

  • Rico Stifler

    Need help? I’ll offer my opinion.

  • spiff

    RISK, RISK, RISK……….!

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Seriously dork, have you ever partied with a babe in your entire life?

  • Rico Stifler

    I don’t really have much of an issue with RM. It is DA I don’t like…

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    Ok, me and another guy tied at 10-3, for the number 1 seed this weekend and a first round bye. I got Moreno, Mojo, FJax and LBell, need to start two. I have Brees he has Manning so thinking Knowshon for sure. This guy is my nemesis in the league he’s also a huge jets fan which makes it even better this weekend. Do I roll with Mojo tonight or another guy sunday? What do you do?!?

  • Rico Stifler

    But you can’t even compare RM to Millen yet cuz he is a first time GM in year two. Personally, so far, RM is a mile ahead of Millen cuz he has already brought in more productive players than Millen ever did in Detroit….

    Even the great Ozzie Newsome had a lot of bad draft picks. So far, in two years, RM has only had one pick in each of the first three rounds and they’re rookies. Gotta give them and RM more time before they’re busts.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Lol McGee was a 7th rounder! He’ll only get better.

    V Miller is a baller…I think Sio is (currently) a poor man’s V Miller. Also think Sio will get even better.

    You’re a contradiction. SF did not change quickly. More like 5+ years (Nolan, Singletary years) yet RM and DA should be gone after 2. Poe was crap his first year yet Hayden is a bust already.

  • Rico Stifler

    You’re an idiot. What else is new?

  • Rico Stifler

    You’re usually ok, but lately you’ve been an idiot with lame comments like these…

  • seymour bush

    haha. good one.

  • Rico Stifler

    Personally, I wanted to draft FS Phillip Thomas over Wilson…

  • Rico Stifler

    I am married, jackass….

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

    Bell. He gets all goalline touches and lots of throws out of the backfield.

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    That’s really what I was leaning towards but I got a strange feeling about Jax beating Houston tonight.

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

    They might beat them, but it also might be 13-10

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Oh man, I’d love to see the chick who marries a fantasy football playing blog dork from Fresno

  • Rico Stifler

    Bell and FJax have been putting up similar numbers lately. But Bell is coming off of a concussion from last week’s game.

  • Gdog

    Sio looks great blitzing, lost a lot otherwise. And cmon.. SF was never better than 8-8 for eight years. Harbaugh comes in and BOOM, from 6-10 to 13-3!

  • Rico Stifler

    Just cuz a person plays FF doesn’t mean they can’t have a hot spouse… Like, look at Matthew Barry’s wife…

  • 1960AutumnWind

    New post

  • R8erEduc8er

    Cmon dude, you can’t compare RM and DA’s situation to Harbaugh’s lol. Harbaugh walked into a young, STACKED roster. RM and DA is starting where Nolan and Singletary started. We’re still building our roster. Harbaugh’s situation isn’t remotely close to Raiders 2012.