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Darren McFadden will sit Sunday night with Rashad Jennings taking over as the Raiders' starting running back. (USATSI)
OAKLAND – Raiders running back Darren McFadden won’t play Sunday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers.
That was expected after he missed a week’s practice with a hamstring injury and talked about missing a game or two on Friday afternoon.
Rashad Jennings will take McFadden’s carries against the Chargers, although Marcel Reece and Jeremy Stewart will be involved in the ground game.
McFadden isn’t the only impact player rendered inactive for this game. The Raiders will play without center Stefen Wisniewski and right tackle Tony Pashos, two key members of the offensive line.
Andre Gurode will start at center and Matt McCants will make his first NFL start at right tackle. That doesn’t bode well for a McFadden-less rushing attack and quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who will need elusiveness to keep the offense productive.
Strong safety Tyvon Branch, offensive tackle Menelik Watson, receiver Juron Criner and defensive tackle Stacy McGee were also inactive.