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
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