As the Oakland Raiders completed practice Thursday, running back Darren McFadden missed his second straight day recovering from a hamstring injury. His status for Sunday's tilt with the San Diego Chargers is uncertain.
“If he’s ready to go, he’ll be ready to go,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. ”It’s not a situation where he needs a lot of reps. I don’t necessarily have to see anything out of him Friday, but I have to see something before the game if he’s ready to go.”
The Chargers defense has yielded a hefty amount of yards on the ground this season. The defense surrenders 120.5 yards per game which is ranked 25th in the NFL. If McFadden is unable to go, Oakland will turn to back-up Rashad Jennings. Jennings rushed 14 times for 45 yards last week against the Washington Redskins, but made his largest contribution is the passing game with eight receptions for 71 yards. Fullback Marcel Reece could help shoulder the burden if he is able to play. Reece suffered a knee injury and was limited in Thursday's practice.
In order to run the ball as well as the Raiders would like, they need center Stefen Wisniewski. Wisniewski missed Thursday's session, but has made progress in the last few days. Andre Gurode would fill in if necessary.
“Obviously, you want to have Wiz in there,” Allen said. “I think he’s a really good football player and does a great job for us in there and handles a lot of the communication for us. That’ll be a little bit of an adjustment if he’s not able to go. But, if he’s not, I feel confident that Andre Gurode can go in there and do the job.”
Other members of the offensive line banged up include tackles Tony Pashos and Menelik Watson as well as guard Lucas Nix. All three were limited today.
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