ALAMEDA -- There were no sightings of either Darren McFadden or Jacoby Ford at the start of practice Thursday, giving further credence to the notion that neither player would be healthy enough to play Sunday at Minnesota.Both players are rehabbing foot sprains, McFadden injuring his on Oct. 23 against Kansas City and Ford getting hurt in the Raiders' defeat of San Diego last Thursday night.Expect another load of Michael Bush at running back, while rookie Taiwan Jones was returning kickoffs in place of Ford.
Also missing from practice were cornerbacks Chris Johnson (groinhamstring) and rookie Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring) and veteran defensive tackle Richard Seymour (ankle).Seymour has not practiced since the Chargers game, though coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday he thought Seymour would be fine.
Watch out Jalen Richard. You have some competition for your punt returning job.
Okay, not really.
But quarterback Derek Carr got in on the action Tuesday. In a video posted by the Raiders on Twitter, Carr fielded a punt and ran it back to the endzone for a touchdown.
He proceeded to do Deion Sanders' touchdown dance and that elicited a response from the Pro Football Hall of Famer.
"That's 1 of the many reasons why I gots mad love for
@derekcarrqb he is the #Truth," Sanders wrote in a quote tweet.
Carr has yet to respond.
The Raiders placed two players on the Non-Football Injury List, the team announced on Tuesday.
Linebacker Ben Heeney and tight end Cooper Helfet both count against the 90-man roster.
The Raiders' first team practice of training camp is scheduled for Saturdya.
Heeney was selected in the 5th round of the 2015 draft out of Kansas.
After appearing in 15 games a rookie, he saw action in just four games last season.
Over 23 games for the Seahawks in 2014 and 2015, Helfet caught 25 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns.
He spent time on the Raiders' practice squad last season.