Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray is expected to clear the concussion protocol this week, and play on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, according to 95.7 The Game's John Middlekauff. Murray suffered a concussion against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football two weeks ago. He missed the Raiders game against the St. Louis Rams while continuing through the concussion protocol.
The 49ers and Raiders return to practice on Wednesday, which means we will get the first practice participation reports of the week. The Raiders report is likely to include some mention of Latavius Murray. He practiced on Wednesday and Thursday last week, but sat out Friday's practice and failed his final concussion test. Tony Sparano will speak with Bay Area media later today, and I'd imagine he will get a question about Murray. That combined with the injury report might give us a better handle on the situation.
Murray got off to a great start in the Raiders win over the Chiefs. He had four rushes for 112 yards and two touchdowns, including a 90-yard touchdown. This came a week after he rushed four times for 43 yards, and had three receptions for 16 yards against the San Diego Chargers. When Murray went down, Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew were the Raiders primary running backs. Given that Oakland is playing for 2015 and beyond, it makes sense to get Murray as many snaps as they can to see what he brings to the table.