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DMC, Jennings back at practice

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POSTED October 9, 2013 10:40 p.m.

ALAMEDA (AP) — Running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were back at practice for the Oakland Raiders despite being hampered by hamstring injuries.

McFadden practiced Wednesday for the first time since getting hurt in the first half of a game against Washington on Sept. 29. Jennings was also back at practice after hurting his hamstring in the first half Sunday night against San Diego.

Both players were limited, but coach Dennis Allen says it’s encouraging to see them on the field so early in the week.

Getting the running game going this week against Kansas City (5-0) will be a priority for the Raiders (2-3). The Chiefs are 30th in the league allowing 5.3 yards per carry while ranking tops in sacks with 21.

Schaub remains starter

Matt Schaub has managed to keep his starting job, and the beleaguered Houston quarterback vowed to turn things around this week. “I need to be better,” he said, “and I’ll be the first to admit that.”

Houston coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday that Schaub would start on Sunday against St. Louis, but added that staying with him wasn’t an easy choice. “It was a tough decision — real tough,” Kubiak said. “But I feel like it’s the best thing for our football team this weekend.”

Schaub has had a terrible three weeks. He has thrown six interceptions — three of them returned for touchdowns — and the Texans have dropped three straight.

49ers release skelton

The San Francisco 49ers claimed quarterback McLeod Bethel-Johnson off waivers and released journeyman backup quarterback John Skelton. Bethel-Thompson, who was with the 49ers in training camp before the 2011 season, joined the defending NFC champions one day after getting released by the Minnesota Vikings. A native of San Francisco, Bethel-Thompson has not played in an NFL regular-season game.

‘Fearsome Foursome’ member dead

Darris McCord, a member of the Detroit Lions’ “Fearsome Foursome” that terrorized NFL offenses, died Wednesday. He was 80. The team didn’t give a cause of death, but the Detroit Free Press reported that McCord was diagnosed in March with pancreatic cancer. McCord was selected in the third round by Detroit in the 1955 draft from the University of Tennessee, where he was an All-American. He spent his entire 13-year career in Detroit and was a member of the Lions’ 1957 NFL championship team. He also played in the 1958 Pro Bowl.

Falcons lost Jones

The Atlanta Falcons say star wide receiver Julio Jones will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury. Jones injured his right foot in Monday night’s loss to the New York Jets. The severity of Jones’ injury was confirmed on Wednesday when he was examined in Charlotte, N.C., by foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.

LA council wants NFL team

The Los Angeles City Council has reaffirmed its support for efforts to bring an NFL team to the nation’s second-largest city. Tossing a football and sports lingo around the council chamber, members voted 14-0 Wednesday for a resolution saying it is in the interests of both the city and the league to bring a team to Los Angeles.

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