Darren McFadden could be heading to IR, end of Raiders career
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
Raiders running back Darren McFadden (ankle), who will be sidelined for the game Sunday against Kansas City, might be out for the year. Dennis Allen said Friday that the team is considering placing him on IR.
McFadden might now be no more than the third-string featured back behind Rashad Jennings and Marcel Reece. This is speculation that he has played his last game for the Raiders.
Raiders safety Tyvon Branch hasn't played in a game since breaking his leg in Week 2. And it appears he won't play Sunday against Kansas City. He is listed as doubtful despite his limited participation in practice this week.
Tight end Brad Smelley has been promoted from the practice squad by the Texans. He will serve as the third tight end behind Garrett Graham and Ryan Griffin. Graham is questionable for the game Sunday at Indianapolis.
The Patriots have designated six players as probable for the game Sunday against the Dolphins, including quarterback Tom Brady (shoulder), wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin), running back Shane Vereen (wrist) and cornerback Aqib Talib (hip).
The others are wideout Matthew Slater (wrist) and safety Steve Gregory (finger).
The Patriots have deemed nine players as questionable for the Sunday game against AFC East rival Miami.
The offensive players among them are linemen Will Svitek (ankle), Nate Solder (concussion) and Marcus Cannon (ankle), wide receivers Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) and Aaron Dobson (foot) and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (knee).
Those on the defense are cornerback Kyle Arrington (groin) and Alfonzo Dennard (knee/shoulder) and linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee).