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Marcel Reece, ex-Washington Husky, helps Oakland Raiders in new role | NFL
Marcel Reece, a former Washington Huskies receiver, has been effective as Oakland's primary running back lately. He usually plays fullback for the Raiders.
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Marcel Reece isn't putting much value behind the numbers he has had in the two games since taking over as the Oakland Raiders' starting running back.
The former Washington Huskies receiver might be the only one.
Oakland's top fullback the past two seasons, Reece has amassed nearly 300 yards in total offense while providing some much-needed stability to a backfield that has been weakened by injuries this year.
Last weekend in a 38-17 loss to New Orleans, he fell 10 receiving yards shy of joining Hall of Famer Marcus Allen as the only players in franchise history to have at least 100 yards rushing and at least 100 yards receiving in one game.
Reece rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries and caught four passes for 90 yards.
"None of that matters unless you get a 'W,' " the 27-year-old Reece said Friday. "I don't care if it's number of touches. I don't care if it's number of yards or lack thereof.
"If you're not winning, it doesn't matter."
With the Raiders (3-7) mired in a three-game losing streak, Reece shrugs off his achievements.
"When it really comes down to it, you're just trying to make plays the way you're supposed to make plays," Reece said. "It's about being able to contribute to trying to help your team win and being productive at it."
The Raiders turned to Reece when running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson got hurt Nov. 4 against Tampa Bay.
Reece is expected to start again Sunday at Cincinnati.
"I knew he was a weapon (but) I didn't know exactly how he was going to fit or how he was going to run," Oakland coach Dennis Allen said.
"He's done an outstanding job. As long as he continues to do the things he's doing, we'll continue to give him opportunities."
49ers' Harbaugh stays mum on QB
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Which quarterback will start for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday? Jim Harbaugh wants the New Orleans Saints to take their best guess.
Despite a week of mounting evidence Colin Kaepernick would get the nod over Alex Smith, the 49ers' coach declined to make anything official.
"It's unorthodox. So be it," Harbaugh said. "You can call me names if you want, or make sport of me. But that's the way we're going to go about it."
Smith got a concussion Nov. 11 and is listed as questionable on the team's injury report.
Kaepernick was effective in Monday's 32-7 home victory over Chicago.
• The rule that negated using video replay to confirm a Houston touchdown in Thursday's 34-31 overtime victory at Detroit "may be too harsh" and will be re-examined immediately, league director of football operations Ray Anderson said.
Meanwhile, Anderson told ESPN league officials will review Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's kick to the groin area of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and that "everything is on the table" when it comes to potential punishment of Suh.
"It didn't look good," Anderson told ESPN.
Compiled from The Associated Press, San Jose Mercury News and Detroit Free Press.