Raiders testing McClain as scout team RB, Branch still out

Raiders testing McClain as scout team RB, Branch still out
December 13, 2012, 12:15 pm

Rolando McClain got reps at running back Thursday. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

ALAMEDA -- Raiders rookie defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi returned to Raiders practice Thursday a day after missing due to illness.

Strong safety Tyvon Branch, meanwhile, missed his third straight practice this week, dealing with neck and ankle issues. He injured his ankle in the Raiders' loss to Denver on Dec. 6 and was the only player not seen on the practice field.

Recently reinstated-from-suspension middle linebacker Rolando McClain, who was demoted to backup linebacker and special teams, was getting work at scout team running back, complete with the green beanie over his helmet.