By Steve Corkran
Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at 12:08 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Running back Darren McFadden is not at practice today for the second straight day. With time running out on the week, it looks more and more likely that the Raiders are going to rely upon a steady diet of Taiwan Jones and Marcel Reece.
That likelihood increases if Rashad Jennings isn’t able to play against ther New York Jets on Sunday. He is at practice but he still hasn’t passed all the tests required of players that suffer a concussion. He can’t play Sunday unless he passes all the tests as part of the league protocol.
Reece and Jones are getting plenty of work in practice in light of McFadden and Jeremy Stewart not available and the possibility of Jennings not being able to go.
– Wide receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder) also remains out, and he is unlikely to play against the Jets. Andre Holmes likely will get the start opposite Rod Streater, as he did against the Cowboys.
Holmes responded with seven receptions for 136 yards in that game, figures that surprassed his career totals to that point.
– Right guard Mike Brisiel is on the practice fiedl, but he is not taking part in any drills. As was the case Wednesday, Lucas Nix is working at Brisiel’s spot.
The rest of the Raiders line remains the same as it was against the Cowboys, with Jared Veldheer at left tackle, Khalif Barnes at left guard, Stefen Wisniewski at center and Tony Pashos at right tackle.
– Linebacker Miles Burris (toe), defensive end Jason Hunter (foot), offensive tackle Menelik Watson (illness) and strong safety Tyvon Branch (ankle) are at practice.
Branch remains on track to play Sunday, which would mark his first game action since Sept. 15, when he suffered a severe injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars and missed the next 10 games.
Just in time, too, given Usama Young (neck) got hurt against the Cowboys and hasn’t been able to practice yet this week.