ALAMEDA -- Richard Seymour's balky hamstring tightened up on him in practice Thursday as the defensive tackle had a setback, according to coach Dennis Allen.
"We'll evaluate him as we finish out the week," Allen said, "but I thought he practiced well yesterday and then early today. It kind of grabbed him a little bit, so we'll see."
Seymour has missed five straight games.
And despite strong safety Tyvon Branch missing his third straight practice with neck and ankle issues, Allen is holding out hope Branch plays Sunday against Kansas City.
Darren McFadden, meanwhile is on track to play after re-aggravating the high ankle sprain Dec. 6 that had kept him out of the previous four games.
"Darren's been great," Allen said. "He's been great all week. I haven;t noticed anything where he's had any issues at all, and so I'm really kind of expecting him to be a full go."
Following, then, is the Raiders' injury report for Thursday:
Did not participate -- SS Tyvon Branch (neck/ankle).
Limited participation in practice -- RT Khalif Barnes (triceps), CB Michael Huff (wrist), DT Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring).
Full participation in practice -- DE Jack Crawford (toe), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), S Mike Mitchell (neck).
The Raiders had an NFL-best seven players on the initial Pro Bowl roster. The number planning to play in the league’s all-star game continues to dwindle.
That total's down to three after left tackle Donald Penn and receiver Amari Cooper bowed out. Penn won’t be ready after suffering a knee injury in the regular-season finale, an ailment that kept him out of a playoff loss at Houston. Cincinnati’s Andrew Whitworth will take Penn’s place.
Cooper battled a shoulder injury late last season, though it's uncertain exactly what is keeping him from the game.
In addition to Penn and Cooper, Quarterback Derek Carr obviously can't play while recovering from surgery to repair a broken fibula. Edge rusher Khalil Mack also bowed out recently with what is believed to be a minor back injury.
There’s a possibility a fifth Raider will also excuse himself. Center Rodney Hudson suffered an ankle injury in the playoffs. It remains uncertain whether he’ll play in the Pro Bowl.
Safety Reggie Nelson and left guard Kelechi Osemele remain firmly in the fray at this stage.
Mike Tice’s contract expired shortly after this season’s end, but there was strong belief he would retain his post with a new deal.
A league source confirmed Wednesday that a new deal was in place for Tice to remain with the Raiders. The exact length of the contract was not disclosed. Assistant coach contracts are typically set for two years, though they can be three in some cases.
Tice was the first assistant Jack Del Rio hired after being named Raiders head coach. The two are long-time friends, dating back to days playing for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1990s.
Tice was Del Rio’s assistant head coach for three seasons in Jacksonville, which made him a natural fit for a new project in Oakland. It was a smart hire. Tice has been excellent as Raiders offensive line coach, managing and scheming for one of the NFL’s best position groups.
ESPN first reported the Tice agreement.
While offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was allowed to leave on an expired contract and is now Denver quarterbacks coach, the rest of the Raiders offensive staff remains intact.
Quarterbacks coach Todd Downing was promoted to offensive coordinator and his assistant Jake Peetz assumes his old post.
The Raiders still have a vacancy on the defensive side, with Marcus Robertson out and on to the Broncos staff.