After the Oakland Raiders’ top two running backs suffered high ankle sprains almost two weeks ago, fans were left speechless and heartbroken. To make matters worse, their veteran defensive tackle Richard Seymour was also injured, as he is currently battling a hamstring injury. Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson weren’t even with their team during their game against the Baltimore Ravens, which they lost embarrassingly. Seymour was at the game but could only watch from the sidelines.
As of now, they are all pushing to return to action as soon as they can. McFadden ran today for the first time since his injury, while Goodson is not quite at that stage yet. Seymour has been performing a limited amount of rehab training. However, none of these three practiced on Thursday.
And despite their slow and steady progress, Dennis Allen is still facing uncertainty.
“I don’t know whether or not any of those guys will be able to play this weekend or not,” said Dennis Allen after the team’s practice. “These guys are working extremely hard to get back out here.”
With no McFadden or Goodson, the Raiders will turn to fullback Marcel Reece to start at running back this week. Reece started at halfback against the Ravens, and filled in nicely.
“He’s done a tremendous job,” said offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.
The Raiders’ offense will need to score a lot of points if they want to come close to keeping up with the New Orleans Saints and their hot offense. It’ll be harder to pass rush Drew Brees without Seymour, but it’ll be much harder to score points consistently without McFadden or Goodson. These three injuries put the Raiders at a huge disadvantage against the Saints, and hopefully at least one of them will be able to return for their Week 12 match-up against the Cincinnati Bengals.