The Oakland Raiders were without veteran running back Darren McFadden for practice on Wednesday with the 26-year-old still dealing with a hamstring injury sustained in the loss to the Washington Redskins according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com via Twitter:
Charles Woodson watching #Raiders practice…no sign of Darren McFadden
— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) October 2, 2013
With McFadden’s status up in the air due to the hamstring injury, the Raiders coaching staff may be forced to thrust Rashad Jennings into the starting lineup. Jennings had a solid all-around performance against the Redskins in Week 4 racking up 116 total yards.
Although there’s no question McFadden is the best back on the squad moving forward, the team will be in a good spot with Jennings as he’s proven to be a threat both in the pass and run game. Jennings only rushed for 45 yards on 15 carries on Sunday, but became a force to be reckoned with as a receiver leading the team with eight catches for 71 yards.
Along with McFadden potentially watching from the sidelines this Sunday night against the San Diego Chargers in Week 5, fullback Marcel Reece’s status remains to be seen as well. Reece also suffered a knee injury in the loss to Washington and was unable to make much of an impact as a result.
Fortunately for Reece, the veteran fullback was able to return to practice on Wednesday and may be able to return for the game against the Chargers. Reece underwent a MRI earlier with the results being negative.
As for the quarterback position, Terrelle Pryor was also able to get back on the practice field on Wednesday in a limited capacity. No word on Pryor’s status for Sunday, but it’d be safe to say the team doesn’t want Matt Flynn back out on the field. If Pryor is good to go and no longer shows any concussion symptoms he’ll get the start against San Diego.