Darren McFadden’s injury concerns may have continued on Wednesday as McFadden, who strained his right hamstring in Oakland’s 24-14 loss to Washington, was not on the field at the start of practice Wednesday as the team began preparations for the San Diego Chargers.
But the Raiders did get two of their biggest offensive weapons back on Wednesday.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor was back running the first-team offense after sitting out Sunday’s game with concussion symptoms. ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez reported after the Raiders media window closed
Gutierrez also reported Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece, who left Sunday’s game with a left knee sprain, was back on the field, as were rookie left tackle Menelik Watson (right knee) and defensive end Jason Hunter (quad). It is Watson’s first practice since undergoing surgery just before the season opener and his return would give the Raiders offensive line a huge boost.
Center Stefen Wisniewski (right knee), rookie defensive tackle Stacy McGee (shoulder) and safety Charles Woodson who could have been given a “veteran day” were all missing from Wednesday’s practice.
Wide receiver Andre Holmes, who served a four-game suspension for failing a PED test, was practicing with the team for the first time since the exhibition season. The Raiders have a week to decide how they will free up Homes on the roster. Holmes impressed during preseason for the Raiders so it is likely that he will crack the team once the Raiders are forced to make a roster move to fit Holmes into the 53 man roster.