ALAMEDA -- When the Raiders look at the Denver Broncos these days, they feel as if they are looking at the old Indianapolis Colts.
Quarterback Peyton Manning is playing himself, with linebackers Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil playing the roles of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.
The Raiders admit that it really doesn't matter how much time anyone has to prepare for Manning. He's going to be a handful, no matter what. Game-planning for Miller and Dumervil isn't any easier, especially on a short week. The teams play for the second time this season Thursday night at the Coliseum.
"Yeah, they're pretty good, man," Raiders right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes said. "They're kind of like the old Indy. Peyton's older, with a Mathis and Freeney type of deal.
"Von can rush, he can drop back and cover, and Elvis does a good job coming off the edge, too. They do well in their scheme. They do very good at what they do. So, pass blocking those guys is going to be key."
Miller and Dumervil combined for 23 of the Broncos' 38 sacks the first 12 games. Barnes and left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer figure to see the dynamic duo most often, though left guard Cooper Carlisle said the Broncos do some things to free up their best playmakers.
"They're both a handful," Carlisle said, "and they both kind of present different problems."
To that end, Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said it's incumbent upon him to devise ways to help keep Dumervil and Miller from teeing off on quarterback Carson Palmer. The best way is to keep in extra blockers.
"The more things you can show them, the more it helps," Carlisle said. "At the same time, there's times where you're going to have to do it on your own."
"You could see him cutting, you could see him bursting off the foot," Skipper said. "You wouldn't have noticed today that he had been injured."
Skipper's glowing report is consistent with coach Dennis Allen's expectation of McFadden playing Thursday night for the first time in five games.
For his part, McFadden said he is awaiting word from the team's athletic trainers on whether his high-ankle sprain is healed well enough for him to play in a game.
"As long as they say I'm good to go, I'm going to sign off on it," McFadden said.
Backup cornerback and punt returner Phillip Adams missed practice as a result of the concussion he suffered against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the same game in which Giordano and Mitchell were concussed. He is questionable for the Broncos game.
Allen spent last season as the Broncos defensive coordinator, working under coach John Fox. During that time, Fox and the other Broncos coaches and players got a chance to meet Grady Allen.
Fox said Allen's father's passing puts things in perspective, with football taking its proper place in the background. He added that he texted Allen to pass along his condolences and to let him know he is thinking about him during this trying time.
Wide receiver Juron Criner (shoulder), tight end Brandon Myers (shoulder) and Barnes (triceps) were added to the injury report. All three were limited in practice Tuesday.
Olawale fills the void on the active roster created by the two-game suspension of middle linebacker Rolando McClain, who is eligible to return Dec. 10.
Olawale is an undrafted rookie out of North Texas. He played for De La Salle High School his sophomore season before transferring to Long Beach Poly.
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