Running back Darren McFadden hasn't given up hope of returning this season from a right midfoot sprain, though time is running out.

Coach Hue Jackson on Thursday said "it doesn't look great" for McFadden playing against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday. Therefore, it's likely that McFadden will miss his eighth straight game.

The Raiders final regular-season game is against the San Diego Chargers on Jan. 1.

An ESPN report Thursday, citing an unnamed league source, said McFadden met with Dr. Robert Anderson last week and underwent numerous tests in an attempt to gauge whether he can play again this season.

Dr. Anderson reportedly told McFadden that his foot is not healed all the way, and McFadden's biggest issue is managing the pain if he wants to play.

Even if McFadden decides to play in the final game, it's doubtful Jackson would sign off on the move unless the Raiders still are in playoff contention. They face the prospect of being eliminated Saturday.

McFadden jogged and worked on lateral movements with a team trainer Tuesday, well away from the rest of his teammates. He wasn't spotted at all the next two days.

McFadden was unavailable for comment. He has not spoken with the media since he suffered his injury Oct., 23.

  • Wide receiver Jacoby Ford (foot) also isn't expected to play Saturday, Jackson said. Jacoby worked with a team trainer Tuesday but later discovered that he isn't ready.

    Defensive tackle John Henderson (knee) and free safety Michael Huff (hamstring) are the only other players in question for the Chiefs game.

    Jackson said Huff and Henderson needed to practice if they wanted to play Saturday. Both missed the Lions game last Sunday.

  • Rookie quarterback Terrelle Pryor's playing time this season consisted of one play, against the Chiefs on Oct. 23. He has spent most of his time preparing for next season.

    Pryor said he already knows the entire playbook, the protections and calls. The next step is putting that into action on the field.

    "I just can't wait to start when everybody starts equal, so I can have a chance to get some reps and get some plays in," Pryor said. "That's all I'm looking forward to, just playing. I want to show the city what I got and help the team as much as I can."

    Pryor arrived late in training camp after he was selected in the supplemental draft. He spent about a week on the field before a five-game suspension for rules violations committed at Ohio State kicked in.

    In retrospect, Pryor said, spending the year learning from veteran quarterbacks Carson Palmer, Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller worked out well.

    "It's a good thing, in a way, that I had to sit down and I was forced to do what I had to do," Pryor said. That way, he added, "I could sit back and let the picture paint itself and see what's going on."

    Palmer and Pryor are the only Raiders quarterbacks under contract beyond this season. Pryor is expected to get a shot at being the primary backup next season.

  • The Raiders have won at Arrowhead Stadium each of the past four seasons. The Chiefs won the first meeting this season, 28-0 at O.co Coliseum.

    The Raiders can't clinch a playoff berth Saturday. However, they could be eliminated from playoff contention if they lose, the Denver Broncos beat the Buffalo Bills and either the New York Jets or Cincinnati Bengals win.