Running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were back at practice for the Raiders on Wednesday despite being hampered by hamstring injuries.
McFadden practiced for the first since getting hurt in the first half of a game against Washington on Sept. 29. Jennings was also back at practice after hurting his hamstring in the first half Sunday night against San Diego.
Both players were limited, but it was a good sign that they could get back on the field so early in the week.
“That was good,” coach Dennis Allen said. “I thought both of them looked pretty good in practice today in the reps that they took and hopefully we’ll be able to have both of those guys during the game.”
Getting the running game going this week against Kansas City (5-0) will be a priority for the Raiders (2-3). The Chiefs are 30th in the league allowing 5.3 yards per carry while ranking tops in sacks with 21.
The Chiefs have the top third-down defense in the NFL, allowing just 23.5 percent to be converted into first downs and have been particularly stingy in long yardage situations, allowing just 5 of 47 conversions on third and at least 6 yards.
“We’ve got to be able to stay ahead of the sticks,” quarterback Terrelle Pryor said. “You start getting into third-and-long situations against these guys and it’s been tough sledding for a lot of teams this year, when you get in third-and-long situations.
“So we’ve got to be able to stay on schedule offensively, stay ahead of the sticks, and when we do get to third down, we’ve got to be able to convert.”
The Raiders want to be careful with McFadden, considering he has missed 24 games in five-plus seasons with a variety of injuries. With a week off next week, Oakland could choose to rest McFadden to make sure this hamstring injury doesn’t linger.
Raiders vs. Chiefs
WHEN: Sunday, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
TV: CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)
RADIO: KGMZ (95.7 FM)