Darren McFadden, Mike Goodson return to practice

AP

Darren McFadden took a step toward returning to action for the Raiders when he participated in practice for the first time since getting hurt in Week Nine against the Buccaneers.

How McFadden’s ankle feels after that step will go a long way toward determining whether McFadden will be able to rejoin the team for this week’s game against the Browns. Some of McFadden’s teammates think that’s where things are headed, but high ankle sprains don’t always resolve themselves as quickly as players might like.

The Raiders also got Mike Goodson back at practice. He was hurt in the same game as McFadden and has missed the last three games, which the Raiders have lost by a combined score of 127-47.

The returns might not change things all that much for the Raiders. They haven’t been losing because McFadden and Goodson are out of the lineup. Marcel Reese has averaged 4.8 yards per carry in the last three games, more than the 3.3 McFadden has managed while looking like an imperfect fit for the blocking scheme installed on offense by Oakland this season. Reese could still have a role beyond just playing fullback even with the other two backs returning to the mix.

Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com reports that there was no sign of defensive tackle Richard Seymour at practice. He’s also missed the last three games for the Raiders.

11 responses to “Darren McFadden, Mike Goodson return to practice

  1. Unfathomable that a player as talented as Mcfadden is so inept this year.

    When did it become the “right way” to do things to force-fit a scheme upon the players you have rather than make the scheme complement the players you have?

    McFadden carried the ball with huricane force last year under Huey and now he is a gentle southwesterly breeze under Allen.
    Sad.

  2. Right from the first game with the chargers … You knew McFadden was in for a long year … That zone blocking was not going to work.
    Seriously getting rid of Hue Jackson was a big mistake … A top 10 offence goes to a bottom 10 with basically the same team minus the coach.

  3. infectorman says: Nov 28, 2012 4:16 PM

    Unfathomable that a player as talented as Mcfadden is so inept this year.

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    Hate to break it to you but McFadden has been inept for most of his career. To see people so surprised that he’s having a down year is comical, although not quite as funny as all the MVP & “most dangerous player in the league” talk from certain Raider fans at the beginning of the season. If he was half as good as most of you thought he was he would be putting up at least average RB numbers this season but instead he’s getting outplayed by basically every other RB on the team.

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