Raiders Still Missing Many Key Players, Possibly Taiwan Jones For Sunday’s Game
By Ryan Leong
The Raiders might be without backup running back Taiwan Jones who is nursing a sore knee and is questionable for Sunday’s game vs. Jacksonville. Jones took a hit to the knee in the game at Atlanta last Sunday and another hit to it in Wednesday’s practice.
Coach Dennis Allen says Jones is likely a game time decision.
He also said that starting corner back Ron Bartell (broken shoulder blade) is on schedule in his recovery to practice when he becomes eligible to return on Oct. 27.
Bartell was injured in the season-opener against San Diego and was placed on the new injured reserve/designated for return list. The earliest he can play in a game is Nov. 11 at Baltimore.
Despite the progress made by linebacker Aaron Curry who practiced for the first time since May, will not start this Sunday.
Now that the A’s have been eliminated from postseason contention, the Coliseum dirt infield has been replaced by grass and is now in full football configuration for the remainder of the season.
For another week, the Raiders are once again still without corner back Shawntae Spencer who has a sprained right foot and starting right tackle Khalif Barnes still has a lingering groin injury. Both Spencer and Barnes will miss their fourth straight games. Willie Smith will be starting once again for Barnes while Michael Huff continues to adapt to playing the corner back position where he has been moved from safety.
Full participants in practice and those listed as probable included guard Mike Brisiel who had a concussion but was cleared, running back Darren McFadden (shoulder), wide receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder), and tight end Brandon Myers (ear, knee)
As for the Jaguars, they’re missing a key component to their offense with the absence of wide receiver Laurent Robinson. Robinson is still recovering from his second concussion of the season he sustained in week four against the Cincinnati Bengals.
On defense, the Jaguars will be without safety Dwight Lowery who has an ankle injury. Linebacker Daryl Smith was limited in practice earlier in the week but he is also listed as out for Sunday’s game.
Defensive end George Selvie (knee) and safety Dawan Landry (knee) are listed as probable and were full participants in the final practice on Friday. Defensive tackle Tyson Alualu and center Brad Meester did not practice on Wednesday. However, both were not injured and practiced on Thursday and Friday and good to go for Sunday’s game.
- Probable: a 75% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
- Questionable: a 50% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
- Doubtful: a 25% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
- Out: there is no chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
Ryan Leong has reported on over 2,800 games in the Bay Area since 1998, covering the Sharks, Giants, A’s, Warriors, 49ers, Raiders and the local college teams for radio networks and wire services. Having the best seat in the house to watch sports has been a thrill and Ryan still enjoys going to the games giving fans some insight and perspective on the players and coaches. His work can be found on Examiner.com.