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Report: Darren McFadden “iffy” this week

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Oakland Raiders

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders gets away from Lavonte David #54 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at O.co Coliseum on November 4, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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The Raiders had just about everything go wrong in Baltimore last Sunday, a turn of events that some may have predicted when they announced that they would be flying east without Darren McFadden, Mike Goodson and Richard Seymour.

Oakland doesn’t have to release any injury information until Wednesday, so there’s no official word on their status for this week against the Saints yet. Unofficially, though, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that McFadden’s chances of playing this week are “iffy.” McFadden’s ankle feels better and he should play in Week 12, according to the report, but the Raiders may be shorthanded in the backfield once again.

Goodson is also battling a high ankle sprain, so he probably isn’t much likelier to play than McFadden. That likely means more work for Marcel Reese, Jeremy Stewart and Taiwan Jones, who were the running backs in the 55-20 loss to the Ravens. They gained 76 yards on 22 carries in the game, although nine of those runs came in the fourth quarter when the game had long been decided.

The outlook for Seymour, suffering from a hamstring injury, isn’t any clearer. The Raiders may be trying to avoid a third straight loss with less than a full deck.