Three and Out: RBs return; Watson's injury saga continues
ALAMEDA – The Raiders running game is in far better shape than in recent days. Amazing what a Darren McFadden sighting will do.
McFadden and backup Rashad Jennings were healthy enough to practice on Wednesday, shining optimism on their playing status for Sunday’s AFC West clash at Kansas City.
McFadden missed Sunday’s win over San Diego with a hamstring strain and Jennings was pulled in the second half with a similar ailment.
The ground game averaged just 2.9 yards per carry without either player, so the possibility of having both back is a real positive for the Raiders. They were limited on Wednesday, but should increase activity as the week progresses.
“That was good,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “I thought both of them looked pretty good in practice today in the reps they took. Hopefully we’ll be able to have both of those guys for the game.”
Jennings believed he would play against the Chiefs, and guaranteed that fact after Wednesday’s practice.
The Raiders were less certain about McFadden. He talked last week about the benefits of returning after the bye week and avoiding setbacks that would plague him throughout the season.
He only needed a week to get right. If he stays on course, McFadden gives the Raiders a better chance to beat Kansas City.
He adds a big-play element to the offense when healthy, which forces opponents to divert focus away from quarterback Terrelle Pryor. That’s essential with Pryor playing so well and defense going all in to stop him.
“I love to have D-Mac playing with me,” Pryor said. “He takes a lot of the load off of me, and Jennings does a great job too.”