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December 7, 2011
McFadden, Ford, Moore still sidelined Wednesday

by Matt Kawahara
mkawahara@sacbee.com

ALAMEDA -- Carson Palmer has yet to start a game with Darren McFadden in the backfield. Palmer said today he had heard a couple weeks ago that this would be the week McFadden returns to the field for the Raiders. That still could be the case, but McFadden did not participate in practice today and was not seen in the locker room.

The injury report was pretty extensive. McFadden (foot), receivers Jacoby Ford (foot), Denarius Moore (foot) and Chaz Schilens (foot), running back Taiwan Jones (foot) and defensive tackle John Henderson (knee) did not practice.

December 7, 2011
CB Johnson away due to "tragic death" in family

by Matt Kawahara
mkawahara@sacbee.com

ALAMEDA -- Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson was in the Dallas area on Wednesday following the "tragic death" of a family member, head coach Hue Jackson said.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Monday that Johnson's sister was killed and his mother wounded in a shooting Monday afternoon outside a Fort Worth apartment complex.

"It's very unfortunate," Jackson said Wednesday. "This is a game of football. The thing he's dealing with is a game of life. Very, very tough situation that he's dealing with. But the organization supports him, I support him, he'll get back here and be ready to go."

According to the Star-Telegram, an argument allegedly led to a 46-year-old man fatally shooting 33-year-old Jennifer Johnson and wounding 53-year-old Della Johnson.

The report cites friends of Jennifer Johnson saying that she was the sister of the Raiders' Chris Johnson. According to Chris Johnson's biography on the Louisville athletics website, he is the son of Della Johnson.

Jackson said he expects that Johnson will be back with the team for its game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

December 7, 2011
Who's in, who's out at practice

By Matt Kawahara
mkawahara@sacbee.com

OAKLAND - The following players were not seen at practice this morning:

WR Jacoby Ford (foot)
RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring)
RB Darren McFadden (foot)
WR Denarius Moore (foot)

Looked like LB Rolando McClain (ankle) was sitting to the side watching, while DT John Henderson was standing off with the defensive line.

DE Jarvis Moss (foot), inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, was back practicing.

The Raiders also announced they've signed two players to their practice squad -- RB Lonyae Miller and LB Carl Ihenacho.

Full participation report to come later.



About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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