It’s not shocking that Oakland running back Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are not practicing. They both suffered high-ankle sprains in Week 9 and they missed Week 10. High-ankle sprains are difficult to come back from and they often can take three to four weeks to recover.
Oakland defensive tackle Richard Seymour is also not practicing because of a hamstring problem that kept him out in Week 10. Starting safeties Tyvon Branch (neck) and Matt Giordano (concussion) are not practicing Wednesday, either. This, of course, can be a problem.
Meanwhile, the Raiders signed linebacker Omar Gaither. He has 40 starts with the Eagles and Panthers. He should be a backup in Oakland. To make room for Gaither, linebacker Travis Goethel was put on injured reserve with a knee injury. The Raiders worked out some other linebackers Tuesday, including veteran Scott McKillop.