The Oakland Raiders backfield will be without RB Darren McFadden once again this week when the team takes on the Cincinnati Bengals. McFadden will miss his third straight game for the Raiders while being sidelined with an ankle injury. McFadden did not practice on Friday and no exact return date is known although head coach Dennis Allen told reporters he is making progress.
Also out this week is fellow running back Mike Goodson. Goodson has been nursing a high ankle sprain and was finally able to remove his protective walking boot this week. Both players were injured November 4, while facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.A return date for Goodson has not been revealed yet.
This will mean that FB Marcel Reece will get the starting nod again this week. Reece logged an impressive 193 yard effort last week and will look to continue his productivity again this week.
On the defensive sided of the ball, the raiders will be without DT Richard Seymour for the third straight game as well. Seymour is nursing a hamstring injury. Desmond Bryant will start in his place.