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Dennis Allen away from team until Wednesday to be with sick father

Cleveland Browns v Oakland Raiders

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 02: Head Coach Dennis Allen of the Oakland Raiders looks on from the sidelines against the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 2, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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The Raiders took it on the chin again on Sunday in a 20-17 loss to the Browns and they now have to turn around to play the streaking Broncos on Thursday night.

And they’ll have to do it without their head coach being around for the first two days of preparation. Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group reports that Dennis Allen will be leaving the team until Wednesday in order to spend time with his father, former NFL player Grady Allen, who has “serious health issues.”

The timing is far from ideal for a team that’s reeling after five straight losses, but there’s no such thing as ideal timing for serious illness of loved ones. Life interrupts the best-laid plans every day.

When Allen returns, he expects to have running back Darren McFadden in the lineup. He said McFadden should play against the Broncos after missing a fourth straight game this week with an ankle sprain.