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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

    Yeah, but ‘when healthy McFadden is one of the most explosive backs it the game.’

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  • Rico Stifler

    I think part of it is what TB gave up in order to get Gruden. After Bruce Allen was hired, they let go of some of their biggest playmakers like Sapp and Lynch. Also, Gruden never had a good QB while in TB.

  • Rico Stifler

    That is what I have been doing this whole time. lol.

  • lefty12

    It’s too bad when you collapse someones comments others are also removed.It would be nice if only that persons comments would go away.

  • Rico Stifler

    JFB, hear the Veldheer’s agent is talking to RM about a new deal?

  • lefty12

    And that was on him.Decent coach,terrible personnel decision maker.

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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I didn’t see that.

  • Blackholepriest

    I see the coaches finally took my advise and did the obvious putting TJ back where he belongs. So it wasn’t such a silly as some of you thought……..lol

  • Rico Stifler

    I am sure that Bruce Allen was the personnel man, not Gruden. But either way, they couldn’t duplicate what they did in Oakland.

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  • lefty12

    BA was never the personnel man.He was the cap/contract expert.

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  • RaiderGuy50

    it does make u question his motives. Hate to think he would quit but u may be right. Lisfranc injury- definite problem, hammy- ok but now ankle- I would say tape it up and play. Not acting like a Raider.
    What kind of contract does he think anyone else is going to give him?? vet minimum with many incentive clauses.

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

    Yeah that’s been established long ago and I gladly accept the label …. I am glad that I didn’t end up a douche like you however.

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    Do you realize how stupid you sound this is football if you want to play paddy cake go hang out with girl scouts.

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

    Jones is at RB only as an emergency in case the other guys can’t play.
    Simply trying to save a roster spot, he will be back at “DB” soon enough.

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

    Rico,
    They have been talking for awhile, we will see if something gets done.
    I have been encouraged by the public comments.

  • Rico Stifler

    Last time I heard about any kind of talks between Veldheer and the Raiders in regards to a new deal was before his injury.

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  • DutchRaid

    Like this NFL.com headline?
    “Easy trivia: Guess which RB is injured yet again?”

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  • Jim Jesus

    Guess the residual effect from my weed is stronger than yours. Or I lost more brain cells over the years! LMAO!

  • DutchRaid

    Who is going to play? McFadden injured? Is this Jennings 3rd Concussion? Jeremy Stewart injured? Who do you think will suit up? Reece and ____?

  • Chino

    Why would he risk it? Obviously he doesn’t have it in his heart to put it all out there for so called fans like you. He’ll preserve himself and take his talents elsewhere.

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