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Jones-Drew had three carries for 10 yards and caught his lone target for seven yards in Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Broncos.

The Raiders were competitive in the first half, but neither Darren McFadden nor Jones-Drew did much on the ground. McFadden finished with 14 yards on seven carries, to record his second straight ugly performance, but despite McFadden's recent poor play, it doesn't appear as though Jones-Drew will get an opportunity for more work. Next week, Jones-Drew will face the Chargers on the road.

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Jones-Drew lost two yards on two carries and had a reception for 11 yards in Sunday's loss at Seattle.

Meanwhile, Darren McFadden once again shouldered most of the load, rushing for 20 yards on 13 carries. At this point, there doesn't seem to be a lot of hope for Jones-Drew, outside of an injury to McFadden.

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Jones-Drew totaled just eight yards on six carries in Sunday's 23-13 loss to the Browns. He added one catch on two targets for six yards.

True to his word, interim coach Tony Sparano gave Jones-Drew some additional opportunities -- the six carries were his most since Week 1 -- but the 29-year-old struggled mightily against what was the worst-ranked run defense in the league coming into the week. Jones-Drew didn't endear himself to the coaching staff with this performance, making it unlikely he'll take on an even greater role next week, so it's probably time to cut bait for most remaining fantasy owners.

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The Raiders would like to get Jones-Drew more involved, CSNBayArea.com reports. "We need to get [Jones-Drew] more snaps," interim coach Tony Sparano said. "I think the plan is to try to get him involved a little bit more if we can do that now. One of the things we have to do is in order to get people more snaps, we have to play more snaps."

Sparano said something similar earlier this month, but Jones-Drew has touched the ball just eight times in two games since. Thus, it's hard to know how much to read into these comments, but it does sound like the team would, ideally, get Jones-Drew some more reps as a way to keep Darren McFadden fresh and perhaps spark its last-ranked rushing offense. McFadden is likely to continue seeing the bulk of the work.

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Jones-Drew had just three carries for six yards in Sunday's loss to Arizona. He was not targeted as a pass catcher.

Jones-Drew has clearly fallen to No. 2 in the Raiders' backfield, as Darren McFadden had 14 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown. Thus, it's going to take an injury or an extended period of poor play from McFadden for Jones-Drew to get a heavy workload.

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Jones-Drew rushed for 30 yards on four carries and hauled in his lone target for 10 yards in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Chargers.

While the 7.5 yards-per-carry average looks nice, the five touches were disappointing for Jones-Drew owners, after interim coach Tony Sparano said earlier in the week that he intended to increase the 29-year-old's role. Darren McFadden carried the ball 14 times Sunday, rushing for season-high 80 yards, and it seems Jones-Drew will have to continue playing second fiddle for the time being.

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Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano said he wants Jones-Drew to take on a larger role, ESPN.com reports. "I'd like [Jones-Drew] to take a little bit greater role, maybe get some snaps off of [Darren McFadden]," Sparano said. "If we could, keep them both fresh that way, but we also have got to be running the football and doing some things that way too."

Jones-Drew touched the ball just four times in Week 4, in his first game back from a hand injury, but it sounds like Sparano is intent on returning to a relatively even timeshare with Jones-Drew and McFadden. While the two backs have combined to total just 163 yards on 56 carries so far this season (2.9 YPC), Sparano seems inclined to continue riding the veterans, rather than give 24-year-old Latavius Murray or Marcel Reece additional opportunities.

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Jones-Drew (hand) had two carries for one rushing yard and two catches on two targets for two receiving yards Sunday against the Dolphins.

Jones-Drew was the starter in Week 1 but missed the last two games with a hand injury. His return to the field did not mean a return to the lead running back position, as Darren McFadden finished with 11 carries for 40 rushing yards and four catches for 32 receiving yards. The Raiders are on bye in Week 5, and it's certainly possible that the two could share the workload when they return in Week 6 against the Chargers.

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Jones-Drew (hand) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

While Jones-Drew is back in action Sunday, what his workload might be remains to be seen, given that coach Dennis Allen indicated that Darren McFadden would be in line to start Sunday's game based on the work he has been able to put in over the past two weeks while Jones-Drew was hurting. While a time-share could develop as Sunday's game progresses, Jones-Drew is not a high-percentage play until he reestablishes his position in the Oakland backfield.

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Jones-Drew participated fully in practice Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, ibabuzz.com reports.

It looks like we'll see Jones-Drew back in Week 4, though what his his workload might be remains to be seen, given that coach Dennis Allen suggested that Darren McFadden would likely remain the team's primary back Sunday based on the work he has been able to put in over the past two weeks while Jones-Drew was banged up. A time-share of some form seems likely, in any case.