Mike Goodson Back At Raiders Practice, Taiwan Jones Out: Fantasy Implications

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 28: Taiwan Jones #36 of the Oakland Raiders runs twenty two yards for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter during an NFL pre-season football game at the O.co Coliseum August 28, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Mike Goodson returned to Raiders practice Wednesday coming off a neck injury. Taiwan Jones sat once again with a hamstring injury. We break down the fantasy implications.

Mike Goodson returned to Oakland Raiders practice from a neck injury Wednesday, Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times reports. Goodson missed Monday night's preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys suffering a neck injury the week before in practice.

Meanwhile, Taiwan Jones worked out on the side but did not participate in practice while recovering from a hamstring injury, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. Jones could return to practice soon.

Analysis: It's difficult to tell who has a leg up in the competition for the backup role behind Darren McFadden. Goodson is coming off a zero-carry season that ended early thanks to a hamstring injury. Jones had just 18 touches as a rookie last season, but has explosive potential if he can overcome his 195-pound frame. Goodson seems like the most likely to feature if anything happens to McFadden, considering how productive he was in an emergency role with the Carolina Panthers. Jones may see more touches as a complementary back if McFadden stays healthy, however.

For more on Goodson and the Raiders, check out Silver And Black Pride and SB Nation Bay Area.

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