Oakland Raiders News: Latest Reports on Darren McFadden and Raider Nation Studs
The Oakland Raiders are done with training camp.
Thursday marked the last practice for Oakland in Napa, but that doesn't mean the Raiders are ready to start the regular season in just over a week.
Position battles are beginning to cool down but injuries continue to ravage the depth chart as management must soon find a way to cut the roster down to 53 players.
Let's take a look at the most recent news coming out of Raider Nation.
Aaron Curry Still Not Ready
Former top pick Aaron Curry is an important part of Oakland's linebacking corps, but his two-month hiatus from the practice field continued on Thursday (via Contra Costa Times' Steve Corkran):
While Curry could easily be left on the physically unable to perform list, forcing him to miss the first six weeks, head coach Dennis Allen reportedly thinks he will be ready to go for the season.
Still, at this rate, it's not looking good for the young linebacker.
Richard Seymour Misses Another Practice
Richard Seymour isn't in as bad of shape as Curry, but he also missed practice on Thursday.
The veteran defensive tackle hasn't played since Friday's preseason battle against Arizona, but this appears to be something you can expect to happen. Seymour is 317 pounds and has been in the league for 11 years.
His knees are going to need a break every once in a while.
Seymour is a game-time decision for Oakland's matchup with Detroit on Saturday, but don't be surprised if he continues to grab some needed rest while he prepares for the regular season.
Matt Leinart Questionable for Saturday
Backup quarterback Matt Leinart continues to practice on a limited basis due to a cut on his non-throwing index finger. His status for Saturday's tilt is up in the air (via Steve Corkran):
“We’ll see,” Leinart said. “I got a good little gash on there. I’ve been doing as much as I can this week. I just want to get it healthy as quick as possible, so I’m ready for Week 1.”
So, that means you'll likely be seeing more Terrelle Pryor on Saturday. Uh oh.
Jacoby Ford in Walking Boot
Jacoby Ford, arguably Oakland's most dynamic and explosive player—and that's saying a lot considering the roster—suffered an injured foot during Friday's preseason battle.
The diagnosis remains a sprain but on Thursday, Ford reportedly showed up in a boot (via San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur):
Clearing things up: Allen said WR Jacoby Ford (wearing boot) does have pain in foot and that’s why he’s not practicing; no structural damage— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) August 23, 2012
While the "no structural damage" diagnosis is encouraging, this isn't great news. Walking boots don't make for good signs, especially when you consider the injury is on the same foot Ford injured last year.
Don't be surprised if the young wideout/kick returner misses some time to start the season.
Darren McFadden Will Take Goal-Line Snaps
Darren McFadden has always been seen as more of speed back, someone capable of making the "wow" play, the home run hitter. This year will mark the step towards him becoming so much more.
That's right, McFadden, according to offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, will be Oakland's goal-line back, which speaks to the Raiders' trust in him, and more importantly, faith in his health.
This can only be looked at as a good sign for McFadden, who continues to establish himself as one of the elite ball carriers in this league.
Let's just hope it doesn't affect his health in a negative manner.
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