According to a report Sunday morning, Marcel Reece will get the start at running back today when the Oakland Raiders meet the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
FOXSports’s Jay Glazer reported via Twitter that starting running back Rashad Jennings is not expected to play:
Raiders RB Jennings not expected to go, they’ll shift FB Marcel Reese over. Julius Thomas expected to go. Steelers L Bell gets the go too
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 8, 2013
Jennings sustained a concussion in Oakland’s loss at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day and has not been cleared for contact per the NFL’s concussion protocols.
Reece, normally the Raiders’ fullback, has 77 yards in 22 carries with one touchdown this season and also has 23 receptions for 204 yards and two scores. He posted career bests in both categories last season, rushing for 271 yards on 59 carries and catching 52 passes for 496 yards and a touchdown.
Reece came to the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Washington in 2009.
Jennings, in his first season as a Raider, leads the club with 588 rushing yards on 126 carries and has scored four touchdowns on the ground, tied with Darren McFadden for the team lead. That comes despite only starting five of 12 games.
McFadden is also out for the Raiders today with an ankle injury. He had just returned for the game in Dallas after missing three games with a hamstring injury.