Running back Joseph Randle aggravated a strained oblique, sidelining him for most of practice Thursday and making him doubtful for Sunday’s preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.
It’s the same injury that Randle suffered in practice last week, keeping him out of the preseason opening loss against the San Diego Chargers.
“It’s the same thing I had earlier,” Randle said. “It flared up on me again. We will will get it right. I always want to be out there with my teammates. I can only do what I can do. It’s just something we have to keep fighting through.”
Randle’s absence has meant more snaps for veteran running back Darren McFadden with the first-team offense in practice.
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The big question is whether McFadden will be cleared to make his preseason debut against the 49ers after missing the Chargers game with a hamstring injury.
“Right now, it’s still unknown if I’m going to be out there,” McFadden said. “For me, if I’m going to go out there and be able to get some reps in and get behind the offensive line and be able to run behind those guys and get some chemistry with those guys. I’m going to see how it goes and see where they are when it comes Sunday. I don’t know for sure right now, it just depends on whatever the coaches and trainers decide.”
One thing is certain, running back Lance Dunbar is expected to play against the 49ers after missing the Chargers game with an ankle injury. Dunbar, however, is not expected to play a lot.
Gus Johnson, an undrafted rookie from Stephen F. Austin who got the start against the Chargers before suffering a shoulder injury, returned to practice Thursday and should play against the 49ers. He will carry the bulk of the load in the backfield along with Ben Malena and Michael Hill.