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Rashad Jennings passes concussion tests, cleared to practice

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Levi Damien

Coming into this week, one of the questions surrounding the Raiders was whether starting running back, Rashad Jennings would be ready to go. He was inadvertently hit hard in the back of the head by the knee of an oncoming defender late in the team's loss to the Cowboys last Thursday. He laid unconscious on the field for a few tense moments.

That concern is somewhat alleviated as he took the field for practice today according to media present. This means he passed the first wave of tests in the concussion protocol making it highly likely he will be good to go for Sunday when the Raiders travel to New York to face the Jets.

The good news when he suffered the injury was it was a long week. He has already had six days in which to recover and by game time it will be ten days.

"He's cleared a lot of the hurdles," Dennis Allen said of Jennings. "He's still not totally been cleared but it's really gonna be something we're gonna have to evaluate during the week and see if he's healthy enough to go this weekend. He's gotten better every day so our hope is that he'll be good to go for Sunday."

If he were unable to go Sunday, Darren McFadden would take his place in the starting lineup.

(Record screech) McFadden missed practice Wednesday and his status for Sunday is uncertain.

McFadden returned last week after missing a month with a hamstring strain. During that time Jennings played considerably well and has supplanted McFadden as the starter.