News: Butler could see additional playing time moving forward, CSNBayArea.com reports. "To get him more involved offensively, we probably have to look at where some of the other plays are," interim coach Tony Sparano said. "We tried to get [Kenbrell Thompkins] involved, so his play count was up a little bit higher. We probably have to spread that out a little bit more within that group."
Impact: Butler played a mere 11 snaps against Arizona, four of which were rushing plays, a week after catching three passes for 64 yards and a touchdown against San Diego. He made the most of his lone target, however, hauling in a 55-yard catch that set up the team's only touchdown, the longest reception of his young career. It led Browns coach Mike Pettine to say, unprompted, that Butler "jumps off the tape" and that he's "a major threat" when the ball's in his hands, though it doesn't sound like the Raiders plan to increase Butler's role dramatically in the weeks ahead. Rather, it seems he will just take away some snaps from Thompkins, who was on the field for 30 plays last week.
News: The Raiders would like to get Jones-Drew more involved, CSNBayArea.com reports. "We need to get [Jones-Drew] more snaps," interim coach Tony Sparano said. "I think the plan is to try to get him involved a little bit more if we can do that now. One of the things we have to do is in order to get people more snaps, we have to play more snaps."
Impact: Sparano said something similar earlier this month, but Jones-Drew has touched the ball just eight times in two games since. Thus, it's hard to know how much to read into these comments, but it does sound like the team would, ideally, get Jones-Drew some more reps as a way to keep Darren McFadden fresh and perhaps spark its last-ranked rushing offense. McFadden is likely to continue seeing the bulk of the work.
News: Tuck (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns.
Impact: Tuck's ability to practice all week, albeit in a limited capacity, suggests a Week 8 return from the knee injury is realistic. The 31-year-old has recorded just one sack in five games, however, after notching 11 in his final year with the Giants.
News: Ausberry (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns.
Impact: As expected, Ausberry will sit after hurting his foot in Week 7, an injury which interim coach Tony Sparano said "could be serious." The door is thus open for Mychal Rivera and perhaps Brian Leonhardt to play additional snaps in the weeks ahead.
News: Brown (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns.
Impact: A limited participant both Wednesday and Thursday, Brown was unable to take the practice field Friday, suggesting the hamstring did not responded especially well throughout the week. Brown is now set to miss a third straight game as a result of the injury, leaving Brice Butler, Denarius Moore and Kenbrell Thompkins to compete for looks behind James Jones and Andre Holmes.
News: Reece (quadriceps) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns.
Impact: Reece remained limited in Friday's practice, but his ability to participate all week would suggest his chances of suiting up in Week 8 are at least slightly better than 50-50. That said, Reece has touched the ball just 11 times in five games so far this season, making him unworthy of serious consideration in most formats.