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A pair of teams looking to keep their playoff hopes alive will take the field in Oakland on Sunday when the Raiders (5-5) host the Miami Dolphins (5-5) in an AFC interdivision matchup.

Miami is coming off one of its worst offensive performances in recent memory, a 16-0 home loss to the Chicago Bears last Thursday. The Dolphins finished with 187 yards total offense and had only one third-down conversion.

Third-string quarterback Tyler Thigpen was sacked six times in his first start since 2008 and star wide receiver Brandon Marshall left the game in the second quarter after aggravating a right hamstring injury and did not return. It was the second time in 40 years that Miami was shut out at home.

Fortunately for the Dolphins (5-5), they will be playing the Raiders (5-5) on the road. Miami is 4-1 away from home this season and is looking for its fifth consecutive victory at Oakland.

Starting quarterback Chad Henne, who lost his job to Chad Pennington before both signal callers were injured in a 29-17 home victory over the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 14, took snaps along with Thigpen during Wednesday's practice.

Henne has a 7-4 career record as a starter on the road, but both quarterbacks have been instructed by head coach Tony Sparano to be prepared to start.

Offensive tackle Jake Long (shoulder) practiced this week, as did center Joe Berger (knee), but Marshall did not practice Wednesday due to the hamstring injury and is only expected to see limited playing time at best.

The Dolphins need to get their running game in order. Miami has averaged only 66.7 rushing yards in the last three games, but had a season-low 39 against the Bears.

Oakland is looking to win its fourth consecutive game at home, something it last accomplished from November 2002 to September 2003. The Raiders are looking to win their third straight at home in November.

The Raiders, 4-1 at home, trail the first-place Kansas City Chiefs by one game in the AFC West. Oakland is 3-0 in the division and has games remaining with all three division rivals.

Running back Darren McFadden is second in the NFL with an average of 128.6 scrimmage yards per game. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski leads the NFL with 23 made field goals and 92 points.

Quarterback Jason Campbell was lifted in favor of Bruce Gradkowski in the third quarter of Oakland's 35-3 loss at Pittsburgh last week, but is expected to start against the Dolphins. The Raiders had only 182 yards of total offense against Pittsburgh.

Defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who has five career sacks against Miami, will be in the lineup after being ejected from last week's game for an open-handed slap of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Seymour was fined $25,000 but was not suspended.

Miami, which has won seven of the last eight games against the Raiders, hasn't played in Oakland since a 33-21 victory on Nov. 27, 2005.

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Last Injuries

Las Vegas Raiders

  • Sam Young

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Young has missed the past two games due to a groin injury, and it is unclear if he will line up Sunday against the Bills.

  • Henry Ruggs III

    Knee
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Ruggs III was absent from the lineup during the last game due with injuries to his left knee and hamstring. It is unlikely that he will participate in Sunday's matchup versus the Bills.

  • Rico Gafford

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Gafford left the previous game due to a hamstring injury, and his status for Sunday's contest versus the Bills is in question.

  • Daniel Ross

    Foot
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ross was lifted from the previous game with a foot injury, and it has yet to be established if he will play against the Bills on Sunday.

  • Nick Kwiatkoski

    Pectoral
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Kwiatkoski has sat out the previous two games with a pectoral injury, it is unknown if he will return against the Bills on Sunday.

  • Damon Arnette

    Thumb
    Early Nov | out

    Arnette is sidelined with a fractured right thumb and is facing a six to eight-week absence.

  • Bryan Edwards

    Ankle
    Out Sun | out

    Edwards departed the last game due to a right ankle sprain, and he will not take the field Sunday against the Bills.

  • Trent Brown

    Calf
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Brown has been held out of the last two games with a calf injury, and it is uncertain if he will draw back into the lineup Sunday versus the Bills.

Miami Dolphins

  • Clayton Fejedelem

    Pectoral
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Fejedelem has missed the past three games due to a pectoral injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut Sunday against the Seahawks.

  • Tua Tagovailoa

    Illness
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Tagovailoa is suffering from an unspecified illness, and he is not expected to be available for Sunday's battle with the Seahawks.

  • Byron Jones

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jones sat out the previous game due to groin and Achilles injuries, and it is unknown if he will be active Sunday versus the Seahawks.

  • Xavien Howard

    Knee
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Howard has a knee injury, but he is expected to play Thursday versus the Jaguars.

  • Shaq Lawson

    Hip
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Lawson is nursing a hip injury, but he is likely to be available against the Jaguars on Thursday.

  • Elandon Roberts

    Concussion
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Roberts missed the last game due to a concussion, but he is likely to be cleared in time for Thursday's contest versus the Jaguars.

  • DeVante Parker

    Hamstring
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Parker is dealing with a hamstring injury, but it is projected that he will suit up against the Jaguars on Thursday.

  • Antonio Callaway

    Suspension
    Elig Week 8 | out

    Callaway has been handed a fourteen-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He will be eligible to return Week 8 against the Rams.