As the Oakland Raiders were back on the practice field in preparation for the Cleveland Browns, the team welcomed back running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson. Middle linebacker Rolando McClain did not participate due to team related issues.
“McClain didn’t practice,” Raiders head coach Dennis said. “Team-related issues. No more details, no more comment, just team-related issues.”
Allen would not elaborate or specify the team related issue and did not know if McClain would return to practice Thursday. The Raiders are thin at linebacker, but did sign linebacker Jerrell Harris to the practice squad earlier today. The 6-3, 240 pound Harris was an undrafted free agent out of Alabama in 2012. He spent time with the Atlanta Falcons and on the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad before coming to Oakland.
As for McFadden and Goodson, they are both recovered enough from their high ankle sprains to be back at practice. It is still unknown if they will be ready to play Sunday. Both have missed the last three weeks with the injuries.
“Making sure they’re fully health and able to go out there and function and do the things that they need to do to be successful out there,” Allen said. “That will be the primary deal. Obviously there’s going to be some rust. Any time you sit out for three weeks there’s going to be some rust.”
Fullback Marcel Reece has filled in well for McFadden and Goodson while they were out. In the three games he started, he went over 100 total yards combined rushing and receiving. He will continue to be in the Raiders' offense plan even when the two running backs return because of his effectiveness.
“Marcel’s earned the right to carry the ball some so we’ll still use him in that capacity, yes,” Allen said
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