By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 11:58 am in Oakland Raiders.
Running back Darren McFadden is on the practice field today, as expected, as he attempts to bounce back from an ankle injury that sidelined him the past two games.
McFadden has missed most or all of the past seven games with hamstring and ankle injuries. He rushed twice in the Eagles game and five times against the Cowboys for his lone action the past seven games.
With McFadden back in the mix, the Raiders suddenly have a crowded backfield. Rashad Jennings, Marcel Reece and Taiwan Jones — he’s still working as a running back after converting from cornerback — all are healthy and itching for touches.
It’s likely that Jennings and Reece will handle the bulk of the workload, given their production during McFadden’s absence and how much the coaching staff values their versatility.
– In other news, the Raiders signed outside linebacker Sam Montgomery, defensive back Johnny Adams and safety Kyle McCarthy and placed them on their practice squad.
The Houston Texans selected Montgomery in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft. He got released in late October, reportedly for an off-field transgression the night before a game.
Montgomery played collegiately at Louisiana State, where he amassed 32.5 tackles for loss and 19.0 sacks. It’s interesting that it took two months or so for another team to sign Montgomery.
Montgomery is wearing No. 57, McCarthy No. 38 and Adams No. 36.
– Defensive tackle Vance Walker is not at practice, meaning he still hasn’t been cleared all the tests required of players that suffer concussions.
Cornerback Charles Woodson is at practice, though he isn’t wearing a helmet or participating in drills during the early portion of the proceedings.
Linebacker Miles Burris is another player that is on the field but not taking part in drills. He is battling an ankle sprain that he suffered against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday.