McFadden unlikely to play Sunday vs. Broncos


McFadden unlikely to play Sunday vs. Broncos

ALAMEDA -- Injured running back Darren McFadden, who sprained his right foot in the first series of the Raiders' 28-0 loss to Kansas City on Oct. 23, was seen leaving the team facility still on crutches and with his foot still in a walking boot.As such, it is very unlikely he will play Sunday against Denver at the Coliseum.

"I think we're making progress, but obviously not enough progress to get him back out here (practicing) yet," said Raiders coach Hue Jackson. "Again, we'll keep going day by day and see where he is and, hopefully, get him out here soon. If we don't, on we go."Especially with such a quick turnaround the following week with a game at San Diego on Thursday the 10th."That's been said," Jackson added. "I really think if a guy is close, but he's not totally where he needs to be, then I will take that into consideration. Because, obviously, we play again quickly the following week. But what I want to do is take the healthiest football team I can into this next game. That's the whole plan here."So expect a healthy does of Michael Bush against the Broncos, with a dash of rookie Taiwan Jones as the change-of-pace back."But obviously, Darren is our bellcow, and we hope to get him back out here," Jackson said.

Broncos RB Anderson undergoing knee surgery


Broncos RB Anderson undergoing knee surgery

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday and that the extent of the damage will determine how long he's out.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't addressed specifics of Anderson's knee injury while awaiting medical reports.

Earlier Thursday, Anderson disputed a report that he had told people close to him that he was done for the season.

Anderson was injured on an 11-yard run Monday night against Houston but returned to the game and ran 14 more times for 84 yards and a TD, finishing with 107 yards in his best performance of the season.

Injury report: Taiwan Jones returns to Raiders practice

Injury report: Taiwan Jones returns to Raiders practice

SARASOTA, Fla. – Raiders special teams standout Taiwan Jones watched Wednesday’s practice from the bleachers. On Thursday, he got back on the field.

Jones was limited in a practice conducted at the IMG Academy, a sign that he’s close to full health after missing a game with a knee injury.

The Raiders were without their best cover men in Jacksonville, with Jones and Brynden Trawick sidelined with injury. It’s possible that both are back to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Trawick has been limited in practice this week. So were rehabbing offensive linemen Menelik Watson (calf) and Vadal Alexander (ankle). The Raiders hope to have one or both of them available in Tampa Bay. Austin Howard has started the last two games at right tackle.

The Raiders brought Mario Edwards Jr. out to Florida, though he hasn’t been formally cleared to practice.

Tampa Bay is still working without running back Doug Martin, who has been sidelined with a hamstring strain.

Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
DT Stacy McGee (knee)
Limited participation: RB Taiwan Jones (knee), Vadal Alexander (ankle), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder) OT Menelik Watson (calf), WR Andre Holmes (hip)

Buccaneers participation report
Did not practice:
RB Doug Martin (hamstring)
Limited participation: DE Robert Ayers (ankle), C Joe Hawley (ankle), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), DL Gerald McCoy (calf)