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The Raiders don't expect to have Jones-Drew (hand) for Sunday's game against the Patriots, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

We'll confirm Jones-Drew's status one way or the other in advance of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff, but based on Rapoport's report, it looks like Darren McFadden is in line to head the Raiders' Week 3 ground game, with Latavius Murray and fullback Marcel Reece also on hand.

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Jones-Drew (hand) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots after practicing in a limited fashion both Thursday and Friday, the Raiders' official site reports.

Coach Dennis Allen noted Friday that Jones-Drew "did a good job in practice today," though the running back's questionable designation suggests that his status will still need to be tracked in advance of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff. If he does suit up this weekend, Jones-Drew would represent a speculative play though, with Darren McFadden a candidate to remain part of the team's Week 3 rushing attack, along with Latavius Murray, to a lesser degree.

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Jones-Drew (hand) returned to practice Thursday, CSNBayArea.com reports.

Sporting extra protection on his surgically-repaired right hand, Jones-Drew took part in individual drills during the portion of practice open the media Thursday. The activity represents Jones-Drew's first of any kind in practice since undergoing the procedure back on Sept. 8. Look for the team to provide clarification on his participation level later in the day, but Jones-Drew's ability to practice, even on a limited basis, bodes well for his chances of suiting up this Sunday against New England. If he play, Jones-Drew should carry the load for Oakland, despite totaling just 11 yards on nine carries in the regular season opener.

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Jones-Drew (hand) did not practice Wednesday, but said he's doing everything he can to be able to play Sunday against the Patriots, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Jones-Drew underwent a procedure on his hand last Monday and missed the team's Week 2 matchup against Houston as a result, and although he wasn't able to practice Wednesday, it sounds like he's holding out hope he can play Sunday against New England. The team will, of course, have the final say, and if Jones-Drew isn't able to get in at least one limited practice before the end of the week, Darren McFadden will likely be tasked with once again heading the Raiders' rushing attack.

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Jones-Drew (hand) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Texans.

With Jones-Drew out, look for Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray to head the Raiders' Week 2 backfield. With that in mind, offensive coordinator Greg Olson suggested a scenario earlier this week in which the team would initially turn to McFadden, with Murray a candidate to rotate in as the game progresses.

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Jones-Drew (hand), who did not practice this week, is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans, the Raiders' official site reports.

While sfgate.com notes that Jones-Drew's right hand is swollen, coach Dennis Allen hasn't ruled Jones-Drew out for Sunday's contest, a 4:25 ET kickoff. In the event that Jones-Drew is out, or limited at all Sunday, Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray would be in line to lead the team's Week 2 rushing attack, but at this stage neither of the three backs represent a high-percentage play this week.

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Jones-Drew (hand) did not practice Friday, CSN's Scott Bair reports.

We'll await confirmation of Jones-Drew's official status upon the release of the Raiders' Week 2 injury report, but the general expectation is that he is unlikely to suit up this weekend, a scenario that would set the stage for Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray to lead the team's rushing attack Sunday against the Texans.

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The signs point to Jones-Drew (hand) not playing Sunday against the Texans, according to Steve Corkran of ibabuzz.com.

Though such an outcome has not been officially confirmed, it's a sentiment echoed by Vic Tafur of sfgate.com and CSN's Scott Bair, with Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray next up for carries in the event that Jones-Drew is sidelined. More on MJD's official status once the Raiders' Week 2 injury report is released, but at this stage it would be a surprise to see him take the field Sunday.

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Though Scott Bair of csnbayarea.com suggests that he'd be surprised to see Jones-Drew (hand) suit up this week, the running back indicated that he still hopes to try to play Sunday against the Texans, ESPN.com reports.

That said, Jones-Drew acknowledges that he is unsure if he will gain clearance for the contest. Jones-Drew, who missed practice both Wednesday and Thursday, had a minor procedure on his right hand this week, which clouds his Week 2 status, and if he is out or limited at all this weekend, the Raiders' backfield would be in line to be led by Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray. In any case, we'll revisit MJD's status Friday, but those who had been leaning on him, will want want to line up alternate plans in advance of the Raiders' 4:25 ET kickoff Sunday.

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Jones-Drew (hand) is highly unlikely to play this Sunday versus the Texans, after acknowledging he underwent a procedure on his right hand Wednesday, CSN Bay Area reports.

Jones-Drew missed a second straight practice Thursday, but was watching from the sidelines while wearing a bandage over his injured hand. While Jones-Drew has not yet been ruled out of Oakland's Week 2 game versus Houston, his visibly swollen hand makes it unlikely he'll play. Nonetheless, Jones-Drew is expected to return soon. For now, teammates Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray figure to carry the Raiders' load out of the backfield, with fullback Marcel Reece representing another option.