Raiders running backs banged up ahead of Chargers matchup

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Justin Fargas will miss this week's game against the San Diego Chargers and Darren McFadden is questionable as the Oakland Raiders head into the division showdown dealing with key injuries at running back and on defense.

Fargas will miss his second straight game with a groin injury, but is expected to return after the bye next week. McFadden was limited in practice again Friday with a turf toe injury that affected him last week in Buffalo.

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The Raiders are hoping McFadden can play because the only other tailback on the active roster with Fargas sidelined is Michael Bush. Fullback Justin Griffith could carry the ball if needed.

"We're going to give him a shot and hopefully he can play," coach Lane Kiffin said Friday of the team's top draft pick. "You never know for sure. The whole thing, he'll go out there. We'll give him a shot and let him go out there from the beginning of the game and hopefully he can go. We'll play him until we can't go and then we'll be down to one. We'll have to go with Justin (Griffith)."

The Raiders also could be short-handed on defense, where key starters Nnamdi Asomugha (elbow), Derrick Burgess (triceps) and Gerard Warren (pectoral muscle) have been slowed all week.

Asomugha has a small fracture in his elbow after getting kicked while trying to make a tackle against the Bills. He has been extremely limited all week.

"It's going to depend on how it feels the next couple of days because I haven't really done much of anything on it, so I may be able to have a brace on it and go like that," Asomugha said.

With backup cornerback Stanford Routt also questionable because of a sprained ankle, the Raiders could be forced to move starting free safety Michael Huff or backup safety Rashad Baker to cornerback on Sunday.

Burgess, the starting left defensive end, is questionable, and Warren, the starting defensive tackle, is doubtful.

Starting right guard Cooper Carlisle practiced a little on his sprained ankle Friday and is doubtful for the game. Offensive lineman Seth Wand (knee) and tight end Ben Troupe (foot) have been ruled out.

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