Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings was on the field at Thursday’s practice, but was not engaging in any contact drills.
The San Jose Mercury News reported that the status of Oakland’s leading rusher—who was knocked out of last Thursday’s game at Dallas with a concussion—is unclear at this point; there has been no announcement as to Jennings’ clearance for contact drills.
With Darren McFadden not practicing because of an ankle injury and Jeremy Stewart held out because of a knee and an ankle, the Raiders look a bit thin in the backfield heading back to New Jersey for the second time this season, this time to face the New York Jets on Sunday.
If Jennings isn’t cleared, it leaves fullback Marcel Reece, running back-turned-cornerback-turned-back-to-running-back Taiwan Jones and backup fullback Jamize Olawale as the backfield options.
Having a reduced running game could make life difficult for McGloin, particularly against Rex Ryan’s aggressive defensive schemes.
The running backs listed above (Reece, Jones and Olawale) have combined this season for 25 carries and 100 yards, with Jones’ only attempt being a 19-yard gain on a fake punt. Reece has carried the ball 22 times for 77 yards and a touchdown, while Olawale has two attempts for four yards.
Jennings has run for 588 yards in 126 carries while starting five games, scoring four touchdowns and averaging 4.7 yards an attempt.
Backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor rushed for 504 yards on 68 carries before being injured and, ultimately, demoted, but McGloin hasn’t shown himself to be much of a running threat at all, with two yards on seven carries.