It seems like forever since the Raiders could say they had all of their running backs healthy. But for the first time, that is the case. Taiwan Jones returned to practice today after having been out with a hamstring injury the first three weeks of training camp. Mike Goodson was also practicing. The two of them join Darren McFadden and Lonyae Miller.
Goodson left Friday's preseason game with a "weakened shoulder" as head coach Dennis Allen called it. He had also been out of camp for about a week after a neck injury he sustained from a hard hit in practice. The hit had him taken to the hospital by ambulance. He spent four hours there but tests were negative and he had pain throughout the days following the hit which he described as feeling like "a crick in the neck."
Dennis Allen said on Saturday that Goodson is "gonna be ok." He went on to say "Goodson just had some weakness in his shoulders but we looked at him today and he feels good and looks good. We did some tests on him to make sure it wasn't anything related to the neck injury and everything looks fine so that wasn't a big issue."
This is the first time Goodson and Jones have practiced on the same field together since the first week of training camp. The team acquired Goodson in a trade with the Carolina Panthers at the end of March and the two had been competing for the primary backup job behind Darren McFadden.
McFadden himself was out most of last season after going down with a season-ending Lis Franc foot injury. Ironically, he has been the one running back who has been healthy throughout OTA's and training camp (knock on wood). The team is making sure not to put him in too much risk by giving him limited playing time in the preseason games.
The fullbacks on this team is another story. Both Rashawn Jackson and Manase Tonga were not practicing today. They are the third and fourth string fullbacks behind Marcel Reece and Owen Schmitt.