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FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports Rashad Jennings (concussion) is expected to be inactive Sunday against Jets.
Jennings was cleared to practice on a limited basis this week, but apparently never received formal clearance to play in a game and absorb contact. The Raiders will turn to Marcel Reece at tailback, per Glazer, and Taiwan Jones could also see action in the backfield after converting from cornerback. Darren McFadden (ankle) and Jeremy Stewart (knee/ankle) are both on the shelf.
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Rashad Jennings (questionable, concussion) was "limited" in Friday's practice, and still hasn't received clearance to play in Week 14.
The Raiders try to be very secretive with injured players, and seem to be taking the same approach with Jennings. Despite practicing on a limited basis each day this week, Jennings hasn't been cleared to face contact. Or at least the Raiders aren't saying whether he is. Keep tracking the situation into Sunday, but ultimately this is a situation to avoid against the Jets' league-best run defense. Darren McFadden (ankle) has been ruled out.
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Rashad Jennings (concussion) participated in Raiders practice for the second straight day Thursday.
Barring a setback, Jennings is on track to start and carry a heavy load against the Jets' top-ranked run defense. Darren McFadden (ankle) won't be active, meaning Jennings will be backed up by FB Marcel Reece. The Jets are a forbidding matchup, but Jennings' workload and goal-line chances are keeping him on the RB2 radar.
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Rashad Jennings (concussion) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
Although the fact that he practiced at all is a good sign, beat writer Jerry McDonald makes it clear Jennings has "yet to be fully cleared" for Week 14 against the Jets. With Jennings limited, and Darren McFadden (ankle/hamstring) and Jeremy Stewart (ankle/knee) unavailable for Wednesday's practice, the Raiders were so depleted at tailback that they converted DB Taiwan Jones to running back. Jones did play the position in college.
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Rashad Jennings (concussion) is practicing Wednesday.
Jennings suffered a concussion on Oakland's final drive of Thanksgiving, but has already been cleared to practice. Barring a setback, he's now on track to play in Week 14. Jennings is averaging 86 rushing yards and has three touchdowns over his last three games, but will be just a low-end RB2 for Sunday's matchup against the Jets' league-best run defense.
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Rashad Jennings suffered a concussion in Thursday night's Week 13 loss to the Cowboys.
Jennings was apparently concussed on Oakland's final drive of Thanksgiving. The Raiders' next game isn't until December 8, so it's entirely possible the concussion won't end up costing Jennings any game action. He'll have to pass through the NFL's protocol testing. In the event Jennings could not play in Week 14, now-healthy Darren McFadden would get the start. Fantasy owners should keep hanging on tight to Jennings. The concussion is a day-to-day injury.
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Rashad Jennings rushed 17 times for 35 yards and two touchdowns, and caught an eight-yard pass in Oakland's Week 13 loss to Dallas.
Jennings and DeMarco Murray turned out to be the two best running back starts in fantasy on Thanksgiving. Not because they played particularly well; because they scored multiple TDs. So goes life in a luck-based pastime. Jennings is still the clear-cut favorite for touches in Oakland's backfield, as Darren McFadden only touched the football five times Thursday. Unfortunately, Jennings faces the Jets' league-best run defense next.
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Raiders OC Greg Olson confirms they plan to stick with the "hot hand" Rashad Jennings at running back on Thursday even though Darren McFadden (hamstring) is ready to return.
This has been the expectation as Jennings ran circles around McFadden, both before and after his injury. However, beat writer Steve Corkran still expects DMC to "get his touches." Going up against one of the league's worst run defenses, Jennings will remain a legitimate RB2, while McFadden will be a low-end FLEX option. DMC could earn a bigger role for Week 14 with a solid performance.
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Rashad Jennings is averaging 3.4 yards after first contact, compared to 2.0 for Darren McFadden.
It's the main reason Jennings is averaging 5.16 yards per carry compared to 3.59 for DMC. "Very seldom does (Jennings) go down on first contact," coach Dennis Allen said. "There are runs in there that are two- and three-yard runs where there's contact at the line of scrimmage but the pile gets pushed forward. ... You want to gain a blade of grass on every single play, and we've done a better job of executing that over the last few weeks." Translation: Jennings has been schooling McFadden. DMC's hamstring is going to keep him sidelined for Week 12, regardless, but he's going to be returning to a timeshare whenever he finally gets back on the field.