EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second part in a series that spotlights three Raiders-Jaguars matchups to watch Sunday, 1:25 p.m. (CBS), at the O.co Coliseum.
Matchup No. 3: Rolando McClain vs. Maurice Jones-Drew
Raiders RB Darren McFadden vs. Jaguars LB Russell AllenTale of the tape
McFadden (20): 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, fifth season, Arkansas
Allen (50): 6-foot-3, 238 pounds, fourth season, San Diego StateALAMEDA -- Entering the Raiders' sixth game, Darren McFadden insists he's this close to having that breakout game behind the new zone-blocking scheme.And what better team to have it against than one in Jacksonville that ranks 30th against the run and gives up an average of 4.7 yards per carry?"I feel like were getting there," McFadden said.At Atlanta, McFadden carried the ball 27 times for 70 yards."We still have some things that we need to clean up," he said. "It wasnt a good average but overall I felt like we ran the ball pretty good. (Mike) Goodson came in and I felt like he had some great runs, helped our average out a lot. But I feel like our running game is getting to where it needs to be."And whenever McFadden breaks through the line of scrimmage he is likely to meet Russell Allen, the outside linebacker who leads the Jaguars with 47 tackles.Allen, an undrafted rookie from San Diego State, has picked up the Jaguars' tackling slack with middle linebacker Daryl Smith still out since suffering a groin injury early in training camp.Allen also took over at weakside linebacker for Clint Session, who is on the PUP list with concussion symptoms."The first word I think of is development," Jaguars assistant head coachdefensive coordinator Mel Tucker said of Allen to the Florida Times-Union."Hes a player thats come in and has progressed and developed every year. He has tremendous work ethic, attention to detail."
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.
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)