Rashad Jennings Injury: Updates on Raiders RB's Hamstring
Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings is fighting through a hamstring injury that makes the team's already precarious backfield situation all the more uncertain.
Thankfully, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen provided a positive update on Jennings' status on Tuesday, as documented by CSNBayArea.com's Scott Bair.
"We’ll see. We’ll go up and talk about it this afternoon, but I don’t expect Rashad [Jennings] to be a big issue, and hopefully Darren [McFadden] will be back soon," said Allen.
Jennings will play in Week 6.
UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 13
From the Oakland Raiders:
Raiders Inactives: Tyvon Branch, Daniel Muir, Christo Bilukidi, Menelik Watson, Kaluka Maiava, Juron Criner, Stefen Wisniewski.— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) October 13, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 13
From Stacey Dales of NFL Network:
Team source: Raiders RBs Darren McFadden & Rashad Jennings both playing today v. KC.— StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) October 13, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 9
From Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times:
Official designations: RBs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings, FB Marcel Reece and OT Tony Pashos were limited in practice today.— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) October 9, 2013
One key, discouraging trend that Bair points out from Oakland's big AFC West win on Sunday night against the San Diego Chargers was the team's inability to run the ball as the game wore on.
Despite jumping out to an early 14-0 lead thanks to a hot start from quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the Raiders couldn't rush well enough to keep the Chargers' explosive offense off the field. Bair notes that Oakland averaged 5.1 yards per carry in the first half and just 2.9 in the second.
Part of that was due to Jennings' exit with the hamstring injury in the second quarter, when he began to show signs of being unable to play through the pain. Jennings finished with 10 carries for 41 yards.
The 2009 seventh-round pick felt he could have returned to the game, though, per Bair.
"That was a coaches decision,” said Jennings. “I didn’t take myself out. I wanted to keep playing."
Outside of Jennings, usual fullback Marcel Reece is the next in line.
Although Reece is an effective runner, he can be even more dangerous as a receiving threat in creating mismatches and also while being paired with a capable fellow ball-carrier in dual-back sets.
Jennings will be needed for Week 6's road game against the rival Kansas City Chiefs, who are one of two undefeated teams in the division along with the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs have the 21st-ranked rush defense, so any production Oakland can get out of Jennings is a huge plus.
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