Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
ALAMEDA, CA - Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden is expected to play in Thursday's game against the Denver Broncos after putting in a full practice on Wednesday.
McFadden, who has missed Oakland's last four contests after sustaining a high ankle sprain during a loss to Tampa Bay on Nov. 4, was listed as probable on the team's final injury report. The notoriously brittle back resumed practicing last week and was termed questionable for Sunday's matchup against Cleveland, but was ultimately held out as a precaution.
It's unclear as to whether McFadden, who rushed for 1,157 yards in 2010 but was limited to just seven games last season by a sprained foot, will be immediately inserted back into a prominent role against the Broncos. Marcel Reece, who's compiled 456 yards from scrimmage as the team's primary back the last few weeks, is dealing with a sore hamstring, though he's also listed as probable.
Mike Goodson, out the past four games as well with an ankle sprain of his own, could also be in the mix after also showing up as probable on the final report.
Quarterback Carson Palmer (right thumb), tight end Brandon Myers (shoulder), offensive tackle Khalif Barnes (triceps) and safeties Tyvon Branch (neck) and Matt Giordano (concussion) are also slated to play in Thursday's tilt for Oakland.
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour has been ruled out for a fifth consecutive week, however, due to knee and hamstring issues.
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