No sign of McFadden, Goodson at Raiders practice Thursday

November 8, 2012, 8:05 pm
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ALAMEDA There was no sign of Darren McFadden or MikeGoodson in the portion of Raiders practice open to the media Thursday, leavingMarcel Reece, Taiwan Jones and Jeremy Stewart to handle the reps at runningback.Once the team moved from stretching to drills, the first play was a handofffrom starting quarterback Carson Palmer to Reece, who may get the lions shareof the carries Sunday in Baltimore if McFadden and Goodson cant play on theirsprained ankles.Jones, who has just one carry for two yards this season, was next in line,taking the ball from backup quarterback Matt Leinart on the second snap.GUTIERREZ: Time for speedy Jones to step in at running back?
Stewart, a practice squad running back, was also in the mix, though not nearlyas often as Reece and Jones.In the Raiders 42-32 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday, bothMcFadden and Goodson exited with high ankle sprains, leaving the Raiderswithout many options. Jones got his lone carry on the campaign and Reece wasinvolved much more in the passing game, racking up a team-leading eightreceptions for 95 yards and a touchdown.With McFadden and Goodson still yet to practice this week, the Raiders need ahealthy Reece. Reece did participate fully in Wednesdays practice, despite ahamstring issue, and had his hamstring and calf wrapped during Thursdays drills.He did appear to be moving somewhat gingerly on his left leg, though it didntprevent him from lining up wide and running routes in addition to his reps as arunning back.The undrafted, but versatile weapon out of Washington has just one carry for noyards this season, but Reece has been heavily involved in the passing game. Heranks fourth in both receptions and receiving yards, with 26 and 272,respectively.The only other notable absences Thursday were defensive tackle Richard Seymour,who missed practice on Wednesday with knee and hamstring issues, and cornerbackShawntae Spencer, who is dealing with a right foot injury.
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Raiders first-year general manager Reggie McKenzie watched from the back of theend zone as his offensive unit ran drills and watched quite a few balls go offthe hands of his receivers. Denarius Moore bobbled a ball from Leinart, but wasable to get his bearings and complete the catch with his hands behind his back.With a defender breathing down his neck, that ball wouldve likely hit theturf, though. A few plays later, Darrius Heyward-Bey dropped an easy pass thatbounced off his fingertips.Stay tuned to for the latest on McFadden, Goodson and morewhen Dennis Allen holds his press conference later in the day.