Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - The Oakland Raiders won't have Darren McFadden available once again for Sunday's clash against the Cincinnati Bengals, with the team ruling the oft-injured running back out for a third consecutive week on Friday due to a high ankle sprain.
McFadden, who's missed 14 games over the past three seasons with a variety of ailments, hasn't played since being forced out of Oakland's Nov. 4 loss to Tampa Bay in the first half. The former first-round pick sat out nine contests last season with a sprained right foot.
Backup Mike Goodson was also declared out for Sunday's matchup with an ankle sprain that's kept him sidelined the last two games as well. Marcel Reece has been serving as the team's lead back and is coming off a big effort in last week's 38-17 loss to New Orleans, rushing for a career-high 103 yards on 19 carries while adding 90 yards on four catches.
Veteran defensive tackle Richard Seymour, out since the Tampa Bay game with knee and hamstring problems, also will not participate in Sunday's tilt.
The Raiders do expect starting safety Tyvon Branch to return to action against the Bengals after sitting last week's loss with a neck injury. He was a full participant in Friday's practice and is listed as probable.
Reece (hamstring/quadricep), wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring) and tight end Brandon Myers (shoulder) also practiced Friday and are probable as well.
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