Raiders star running back Darren McFadden will not play tomorrow against Denver because of a sprained right foot, giving Michael Bush his first start of the season.
McFadden hurt his foot in the first quarter against Kansas City two weeks ago. He did not practice during the bye week or this week. Coach Hue Jackson gave no timetable on his return.
“I know we’re making progress each and every day,’’ Jackson said. “I think he’s getting closer and closer. To me, that mid-foot sprain, you just got to take it day to day.’’
Until McFadden is healthy, it will be Bush getting the bulk of the work for the Raiders. Bush’s last start came in the season finale at Kansas City last year when he ran for 137 yards and a touchdown in an Oakland win.
Bush will have to be good to make up for the absence of McFadden. Despite being limited to 4 yards on two carries against Kansas City, McFadden is still eighth in the league in rushing with 614 yards. He is averaging 5.4 yards per carry and has scored five touchdowns.
Hillis hurt again
Peyton Hillis re-injured his left hamstring during practice, the latest moment of drama for the Browns bruising back whose second year with Cleveland has been one misadventure after the next.
Hillis, who has missed Cleveland’s last two games with the injury, will likely sit out tomorrow’s game at Houston - yet another setback for the 25-year-old, who rushed for nearly 1,200 yards last season.
Hillis had only returned to practice Thursday for the first time since last week. The Browns (3-4) had hoped he would be back to face the Texans and their No. 3-ranked defense. But it appears Hillis, who has rushed for only 211 yards amid weeks of distractions this season, will have to sit out another game.
Woodley will sit
Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley will not play in tomorrow night’s AFC North showdown against the Ravens because of a hamstring injury. However, linebacker James Harrison, who has missed four games with a broken orbital bone, is probable . . . Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress is questionable for the team’s game at Buffalo tomorrow with a sore lower back. Defensive linemen Mike DeVito (knee) and Kenrick Ellis (left ankle), and defensive back Isaiah Trufant (hamstring) were also limited at practice and listed as questionable . . . Texans star receiver Andre Johnson will sit out tomorrow’s game against Cleveland as he continues to nurse a right hamstring injury. Johnson, who will miss his fifth straight game, was injured in the Texans’ 17-10 win over Pittsburgh in Week 4 . . . Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb is listed as doubtful tomorrow against the Rams. Second-year pro John Skelton probably will start in Kolb’s place. Meanwhile, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was limited in practice and is questionable for the game.
Giants safety Antrell Rolle was docked $15,000 for making a horse-collar tackle on Miami’s Reggie Bush. Rolle was fined $20,000 for spearing Washington tight end Fred Davis in the first game of the season. San Francisco defensive end Justin Smith roughed Browns quarterback Colt McCoy and it cost him $15,000. He struck McCoy in the head and neck area. And Rams linebacker Bryan Kehl was fined $15,000 for unnecessary roughness against New Orleans. He was penalized 15 yards after running into punt returner Darren Sproles in St. Louis’s 31-21 victory . . . The Vikings are disputing a reading of their lease that suggests they might have to play in the Metrodome in Minneapolis for one more season after this one . . . The Bengals have sold out their Nov. 13 home game against the Steelers, breaking their streak of seven straight games blacked out on local television because of less-than-capacity crowds.