Raiders status report: McFadden, Goodson ruled out vs. Saints

November 16, 2012, 9:58 pm
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ALAMEDA -- Tyvon Branch, who has started 57 straight games, and his sore neck came out to practice after the media window closed Friday morning as the Raiders strong safety practiced in a limited fashion and thus, was listed as questionable to play Sunday against New Orleans.As was receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who missed his second straight practice with a strained hamstring suffered Wednesday.Coach Dennis Allen said Branch and Heyward-Bey would be "game time decisions" on Sunday. If Heyward-Bey cannot play, Derek Hagen will most likely start in his place, with rookie Juron Criner also receiving snaps.RELATED: Raiders avoid blackout, game to be televised
"You don't want to miss any games, you know?" Branch said. "This is what we love to do so I don't want to miss any games. It's not about the streak, it's about missing a game."Branch said he was initially hurt in the Baltimore game."I just came out on the bad side of a hit one play," he said.Not surprisingly, running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson and defensive tackle Richard Seymour were officially ruled out against the Saints.Following, then, is the Raiders' Status Report for Sunday's game vs. the SaintsOUT
RB Mike Goodson (ankle), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), DT Richard Seymour (kneehamstring).QUESTIONABLE
SS Tyvon Branch (neck), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring)PROBABLE
RT Khalif Barnes (groin), FS Matt Giordano (concussion), TE Richard Gordon (hamstring), PK Sebastian Janikowski (left groin), TE Brandon Myers (shoulderconcussion), FB Marcel Reece (hamstring).