The Skinny: Oakland Raiders RB Rashad Jennings suffered a concussion during their Thanksgiving day loss to the Dallas Cowboys 10 days ago. Jennings was able to return to practice on a limited basis from Wednesday to Friday, but did not receive full medical clearance to play on Sunday. Jennings traveled with the team to New York and will be monitored/evaluated over the weekend prior to kickoff to determine if he can play. Jennings is a game time decision.
The Injury: Ok, so there’s not much more I can say about concussions other than no two are ever the same and the guy has to be symptom-free for a minimum of 24 hours after return to moderate level physical activity in order to be cleared to play. Until that happens, we’re all just merely speculating. What I will say is that it’s concerning that he’s still listed as questionable after three days of practice and after having last played a game 10 days ago. I would have expected his clearance to happen by Friday with all that extra time, but there’s just no way to predict what’s actually going to happen.
The Prognosis: Jennings will be a true game time decision, barring any new information coming out tonight for better or worse. Expect Jennings to be re-evaluated tonight and after warmups tomorrow and if he doesn’t have a return of symptoms, he SHOULD be cleared to play. Otherwise, with Darren McFadden already ruled out, expect Taiwan Jones and Marcel Reece to share backfield duties.
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