Question marks on Ford, Jones, McFadden and now Huff


Question marks on Ford, Jones, McFadden and now Huff

ALAMEDA -- While Denarius Moore is inching closer to playing in his first game since Nov. 20 at Minnesota, where he injured his right ankle and foot, the question marks over injured teammates Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford, Taiwan Jones and even Michael Huff grew larger on Thursday.Still, Raiders coach Hue Jackson would not rule them out. He usually does that bit of business following Friday's practice."There's still one more day," Jackson said. "Until somebody tells me otherwise, I'll stay to the protocol and see where we are. I think you guys know it will be tough (for them to play). But still I'm not going to rule them out right this second."McFadden has not played since Oct. 23, when the running back suffered what the Raiders have called a mid-foot sprain of his right foot against Kansas City.Ford has not played since Nov. 10, when the receiverreturner sprained his left foot against San Diego. He had been working out on the side during practice but was not seen during the media window on Thursday."I know he's doing everything he can to get prepared," Jackson said. "He goes to the meetings, he's in our offensive meetings. He does everything all the other players do other than practice at this time. He's doing everything he can so he gets healed up and he can get back out there with his teammates."Jones has not played since the Vikings game, when he strained a hamstring.And Huff, who has already missed the first two games of his career this season due to injury, strained a hamstring Sunday in Green Bay.Also, defensive tackle John Henderson, who has an injured knee, and cornerback Chris Johnson, who was in Texas attending his sister's funeral, did not practice.But the presence of Moore meant he showed no ill effects from Wednesday's practice."He was good, he was good," Jackson said. "I thought, another good day for him. I feel very comfortable with where he is and I think he'll have an opportunity to play this week. We'll go back (Friday) and see exactly where he is and make sure we don't have any setbacks and move forward from there."Could Moore potentially reclaim his punt-return duties as well?"I don't think it's too much to ask," Jackson said. "We'll see where we are tomorrow. We'll have a little bit more emphasis on special teams. We'll see where he is tomorrow in that regard."A look, then, at Thursday's practice report:Did not participate: QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), DT John Henderson (knee), CB Chris Johnson (not injury related), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), RB Darren McFadden (foot), FS Michael Huff (hamstring).Limited participation: WR Denarius Moore (anklefoot), DT Tommy Kelly (toe), DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring), WR Louis Murphy (hip), WR Chaz Schilens (foot), C Samson Satele (shoulder)Full participation: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (heel).

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)