Darren McFadden could play Sunday

The Oakland Raiders are on pace to get a boost Sunday against Cleveland.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports starting running back Darren McFadden is back at practice as is his backup, Mike Goodson. Both players missed the past three games with high-ankle sprains. If there is not a setback, I’d expect both players to play against the Browns. Fullback Marcel Reece has run well as the main tailback in the past two games. I’d think Oakland will keep him involved in the ground game with McFadden and Goodson

The paper reports defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring) is still not practicing. He has missed the past three games.

Meanwhile, Cleveland running back Trent Richardson stuck up for his former Alabama teammate, Oakland middle linebacker Rolando McClain. He has struggled often in the NFL. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, this is what Richardson had to say: "The Raiders need to get a lot more help on defense (for McClain), for him to be a successful player."

I wonder how that will go over in the Oakland defensive meeting room leading up to Sunday’s game?

In other AFC West news:

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning remains No. 1 and Denver linebacker Von Miller remains No. 10 on Mike Sando’s MVP Watch. Don’t agree with Sando’s list? That’s fair. You can make your own MVP list here.

This Insider piece examines the value of having a strong backup quarterback and it shows the Broncos are vulnerable at the spot behind Manning with rookie Brock Osweiler and veteran Caleb Hanie.

The Chiefs cut linebacker Bryan Kehl to create a roster spot that will be filled later this week. Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel provided quite the quip when asked why Kehl was cut: "He was expendable, so I expended him."

Denver defensive end Robert Ayers was excused from practice Wednesday so he could attend memorial services for his father, who died unexpectedly Saturday night.

Denver receiver Brandon Stokley was limited in practice Wednesday because of a wrist and hip injury.

Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden has been cleared to practice after suffering a concussion this past Sunday. The Browns visit Oakland on Sunday.

Pro Football Focus, in an Insider piece, thinks San Diego receiver Danario Alexander can be a breakout star in 2013. Not bad for a player picked up off the street during this season.