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McFadden not at practice, Jones working at RB once again

ALAMEDA – Taiwan Jones is working at running back in practice Wednesday for the first time since last season.
Jones, a Deer Valley High School graduate, entered the league in 2011 as a running back, but coach Dennis Allen converted Jones to cornerback after last season.
The bulk of Jones’ game action the past two seasons came as a special teams ace.
He is considered by some to have the best shot at making the Pro Bowl among Raiders players this season based on his penchant for making big plays on kick-off and punt coverage.
It’s likely that Jones is back at running back for now as a result of recent injuries to running backs Rashad Jennings, Darren McFadden and Jeremy Stewart.
Jennings is at practice today, but he is fresh from a game in which he suffered a concussion. He won’t be cleared to play Sunday against the New York Jets until he passes a series of league-mandated tests for players that suffer a concussion.
McFadden and Stewart missed practice Wednesday. Stewart injured a knee and an ankle against the Dallas Cowboys last Thursday.
McFadden carried the ball five times for 13 against the Cowboys in his first game back since he hurt a hamstring Nov. 3. He has played in only eight games this season, with 103 carries for 365 yards and four touchdowns.
Jones rushed 22 times for 94 yards his first two seasons. His lone rush this season came on a fake punt.
McFadden is in the final season of the six-year contract he signed with the Raiders in 2008, when he was selected with the fourth pick of the NFL draft out of Arkansas.
He has failed to live up to lofty expectations during his six-year career. He averaged 3.3 yards last season. Jennings rushed for 448 yards in the past five games in place of McFadden as the lead back.
Allen has made it clear that Jennings still is going to get his “touches,” even when McFadden is healthy, based on how well Jennings has played. It remains to be seen whether Allen will use Jones at running back in a game this season.

– In other news, wide receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder), right guard Mike Brisiel (knee) and safety Usama Young (neck) also aren’t practicing today.
Brisiel is on the field, but he is just watching. Lucas Nix is working at Brisiel’s right guard spot in the early portion of practice. Nix has played mostly left guard this season.

– Strong safety Tyvon Branch is practicing today for the first time since he suffered an ankle injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars more than 2 1/2 months ago.
Branch missed the past 10 games while he recovered from his injury. It’s conceivable that he will be healthy enough to play against the Jets.
Allen said he didn’t envision Branch needing much practice time before playing in a game once he returned to the field.
Brandian Ross and Young have filled in for Branch since Sept. 15, when Branch got injured.

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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I can relate.

  • seymour bush

    After six seasons I don’t know how much longer he can be saving himself. Of course, with 7 kids from five baby momma’s, he might just be saving himself for marriage too.

  • Rico Stifler

    Um, you listed only three. Learn to count, bucko.

    Can’t say that RM has drafted poorly considering that his picks are still only rookies… I don’t really count last year’s draft against RM cuz he didn’t pick til the 4th round….

  • Rifflicks

    so then you choose to ignorantly disregard the Salary Cap problem in order to praise Gruden’s ability

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    50 more starts and watch out, baby.

  • Chino

    The manziel part. No to Troy smith

  • Raidertalk

    Jury is still out on Reg, in my mind.
    Injury–We have been hit hard with the injury bug this year. Do we fade down the stretch in some of these games if Branch is in there?
    Roach has been a solid replacement of Mclame.
    Ross and Young have been improvements over Giordono and Huff. Cwood has been good early in games.
    Burnett has been pretty good.
    Walker and Sims are an improvement over Kelly Bryant especially on run defense.
    Overall there has been slight improvement from last year.
    Now it a case of let them work with salary cap and Draft picks and see how they do.

  • The_Judge37

    1: Stephen Wiznewski
    2: Jared Veldheer
    3: Denarius Moore
    5: Lamar Houston
    See, I count just fine.

  • Rico Stifler

    So Bruce Allen did nothing as the Raider’s GM then? Also, I don’t buy that Gruden had nothing to do with what FAs were brought in….

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    The 8 part.

  • seymour bush

    Damn that’s funny.

  • Chino

    Yeah let’s burn him at the stake for wanting to protect himself. Paul walker took the pain killers and look what happened. Only thing that saved that season was a human Sundae and a stripper/teacher

  • lefty12

    FAs-yes he no doubt asked for certain players.The draft-no,that was Al’s baby.But I seriously doubt he had anything to do with shaping the roster his 1st year and if you look at that roster it couldn’t be compared to the pile of dog waste DA had to work with his 1st year.

  • The_Judge37

    Oh, well i didn’t know we could leave out Drafts. In that case I won’t count Al’s from 1989 – Present. ’88 Al got Tim Brown and Terry McDaniel.

  • The_Judge37

    No because they were Free Agents. That’s what teh FA means in UDFA. The weren’t drafted by Reggie, which is what the UD means in UDFA.

  • The_Judge37

    Well, I did specify in my original post that i was comparing DRAFTS.

  • DutchRaid

    Think he might scheme to get our backs more involved in the passing game (see Charlie Garner years with Gruden)…

  • Rico Stifler

    In either case, I really don’t see DA as being the guy that brings us back to relevance… I think that would be Lovie Smith…

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

    Troy Smith couldn’t hold Manziel’s jock throwing the ball.

  • c2e

    there is no quit in this team (excluding McFadden).

  • lefty12

    Who signed them,some guy on Mars?I’m sure if Al had signed some successful UDFA you’d be bringing them up.

  • lefty12

    Lovie Smith-another avg coach some look at as a savior.SMH

  • The_Judge37

    I mean, if you guys want to go out of context and count the last two years vs Reggie’s 1st two years, then by all means, we can. Al was 16-16 vs 8-20

  • lefty12

    Actually the original point was who was the better GM,not just who drafted the best.And bringing in quality UDFAs is just as meaningful to helping build a team.

  • Rico Stifler

    In terms of the drafts, I count only like 7 players over the four years that Gruden was here that amounted to anything…
    1998:
    CWood
    Ritchie

    1999:
    Stinchcomb
    Barton
    Coleman

    2000:
    Jano
    Lechler
    Porter

    The 2001 draft was probably one of the worst drafts in NFL history….

  • The_Judge37

    I’m going to refer you to my reply to Rico 13 min ago:

    How are those 4 more than the 4 i listed? If conceding that McMumbles FA’s did better makes you feel better about the poor drafting, I have no problem with that. Reggie’s has had more hits in FA than AD.

  • The_Judge37

    Sho u right, in that case, the last two years vs 1st two years: 16-16 > 8-20

  • no mas diamante

    So did Tebow.

  • Rico Stifler

    Lovie built up the Bear’s D to be the best it has had since their ’85 D.. He also led the Bears to a Super Bowl and several division titles. I wouldn’t call that average….

    Their D was always in the top 5 under Lovie. They have slid into the bottom half in the league this year with almost the same starters.

  • The Big Banana

    Still remember Mistic waxing on about Troy Smith and Soup taking the league by storm. Lol. Good times.

  • lefty12

    Sure,just like Baltimore has the same starters on defense this year.

  • spiff

    what is 5’4″…………?

  • Rico Stifler

    But you fail to realize that a lot of what Al did to get to 16-16 is the cause of us being 8-20 now…

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

    Desmond Bryant on IR with a bad ticker.
    Guess throwing 25+ millie at him wasn’t the best idea.
    Lesson as always folks, when the Browns seem like the smartest guys in the room, they probably aren’t.

  • Rico Stifler

    You’re an idiot. I didn’t leave out anything, fvcktard. I said I don’t count the 2012 draft against RM cuz he couldn’t do anything til round 4.

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

    Wow, so you hit the new replies and it fires me up to the top of the page.

  • The_Judge37

    Oh no, i definetly realized the Ramifications of what Al did. He died, and now we’re stuck with two boobs, one of which has two boobs.

  • 10centsworth

    080

  • spiff

    that’s too bad about Dez………….best wishes.

  • Rico Stifler

    But they have the same coach… Baltimore’s D has been mediocre the last few years.

    The Bear’s D has slipped a lot without Lovie despite having much of the same nucleus minus Urlacher…

  • lefty12

    I’d guess that close to 100% of the people in the world have 2 boobs-even you.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    0n0

  • 10centsworth

    0he’s going to Cleveland?0

  • The_Judge37

    I understood, and like I said, I don’t count the ’89-’11 drafts against Al, making him the Greatest GM in the History of Football. I like this rule you made up.

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

    Fck him

  • Rico Stifler

    So Al had nothing to do with us being 25M over the cap last year? He had nothing to do with the bad contracts he gave to Kelly, Seymour, Javon Walker, Gibril Wilson, Wimbley, Routt?

  • 10centsworth

    0you a fan? 20 didn’t and look what didn’t happen.0

  • J Hill

    Technical difficulties.

  • lefty12

    I’m not going to argue about Smith.I don’t think he is anything special-MY OPINION.You do.So be it.I do believe he wouldn’t have done much,if any, better with this team than DA has.

  • Rico Stifler

    Ugh, you’re a fvcktard…. Go smoke a pole…