A McFadden sighting


Running back Darren McFadden was on an adjoining field with a member of the athletic training staff Friday, doing some light jogging and agility work.

Wearing an elastic brace on his right knee, ostensibly the one which was “cleaned up” through arthroscopic surgery, it was the first time McFadden has been on the field during the time when media members are present.

Meanwhile, Louis Murphy, who didn’t complete practice because of a hip injury Thursday, was going through drillwork gingerly and at halfspeed with the wide receivers. Cornerback Chris Johnson, who failed to complete practice because of a groin injury, was putting on his helmet and going through a tip drill as the media window concluded.

Tight end Tony Stewart was a specatator with a chest injury, while quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who missed the last two practices with a stomach virus, was on the field and appeared to be good to go.

More to come later following Tom Cable’s post-practice press briefing . . .


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Richochet

    Raider O Says:
    October 30th, 2009 at 12:13 pm
    Trent was so bad that the ravens released after winning the SB,and after drafting KB in the 1st RD. They didn’t even want him as a backup!

    You can hate on JR all you want, but what have they done to help him?
    What have the done to help him?
    Well gosh..I guess you’re right.
    They DIDN’T hire Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser to personally wake his ass up, and put him on a threadmill.
    The also didn’t put locks on all the local buffet’s.

    However, they did encourage him, from day one, to GET OFF HIS FAT ASS AND PUT IN SOME EFFORT.

    They did encourage him to MAYBE PUT IN A LITTLE EXTRA TIME TO LEARN THE FREAKING PLAYBOOK, which would be nice.

    They did have receivers running routes, where, in many instances were either wide open, or had the required step on the defender..BUT..they didn’t THROW THE BALL FOR HIM.

    Save the “had injuries on the oline..things are tough”.. OR “receivers could be better”..MOST TEAMS HAVE THE SAME PROBLEMS..when a guy is open..THE QB IS PAID TO DELIVER IT INTO THEIR HANDS..NOT throw it 10 feet over their head..

    But now we’re back to the team NOT throwing the ball for JR..vicious cycle.

  • Dakota Says:
    October 30th, 2009 at 11:29 am


    I’ll rue the day that bust re-enters the lineup. I’d rather play “Huggy” than “Let-Goey”.

  • DMAC

    How do you expect them to run the ball on a 8-9 man front every weekend? The D is daring Russ to throw the ball and turn it over!

  • So JR is responsible for blocking, running, catching, playing Defense, and calling plays?

  • DMAC

    Are you blind? There are other flaws with this team, but it’s not hard to figure out that Russell is holding the team back!

  • RaiderRockstar Says:
    October 30th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Gruden likes to collect QB’s. Maybe Southwick would get a fair shot at the job?


    By “job”, you mean player/coach right?

  • You guys talking about Gruden…LOL. Are you all planning on winning the lottery, too? Where does your wishful thinking end? Gruden doesn’t come here till Al Davis is 6 feet in the ground being gnawed by bugs.

  • Roch R

    Why isn’t DHB returning punts like most rookies do? JLH did it, T Brown did it, DeSean Jackson did it in Philly.

    Maybe he didn’t do it in college, but am I wrong in thinking that returning punts is a rite of passage for a high profile rookie WR?

    And yes I know about the hands thing, but he is a wide reciever.

    Just a question.

  • Bobby Bushay

    Wow, with Murphy potentially out or limited and Chaz most likely not able to go, we will get to see Javon Walker on the field for more than three snaps a game. It will be interesting to see if he can put up “Michael Crabtree numbers” – which might make Raider Nation be more than a little pissed considering our WR production. Five catches for say 60 yards and a TD would be interesting discussion on why he hasn’t played, particularly with Chaz out.

    Also, I would like to see more of JLH, as he gave some juice last year. I hope someone gave him a lick in practice and he is over his fear of being smacked in a game. Maybe #34 perhaps?

  • Nnamdi21

    Raider O Says:
    October 30th, 2009 at 12:24 pm
    The worst play is coming from the Oline, DTs, and LBs.
    Other teams run at well up the middle.


    O lines been patch work and riddled with injuries. DT’s haven’t been bad at times. Times when Oakland offense lets them play like they were designed and thats in defending the pass.

    LB’s need an upgrade. Morrison’s out of place TOO OFTEN.

    Ricky Brown was average before the injury Alston has stepped up big.

    How could you leave WR’s off that list?

  • DMAC

    Raider O
    If you seen all the games like I have, please tell the truth about how many times Russell missed fired for easy Td’s to Murphy?

  • The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 30th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Where does your wishful thinking end? Gruden doesn’t come here till Al Davis is 6 feet in the ground being gnawed by bugs.


    Actually, Al dying would be YOUR wishful thinking, MR. The rest of us just want him to quit.

    It would be fitting for Gruden to return though, since Al discovered the kid and gave him the chance to become the worst coach ever to win a SB trophy.

  • DMAC

    How many times though Nnamdi21? How many times?

  • DMAC

    Murph would have at least 4 TD, if those throws are made.

  • DMAC

    Don’t get me wrong. I defintely want to see him become a good QB, but he needs to step up his game.

  • Nnamdi21

    DMAC Says:
    October 30th, 2009 at 12:48 pm
    Raider O
    If you seen all the games like I have, please tell the truth about how many times Russell missed fired for easy Td’s to Murphy?


    You know what? I got NFL Ticket and I see ALOT of QB’s missing throws and being inaccurate ALOT! Look at Favre for chrisake.

    The diff? They’ve got wides who actually catch more than they drop…

    GRANTED Russell needs work, we all knew that when he came out a Junior, but I think maybe aside from last weeks horror fest, he may not be as bad as it seems.

    I think he and Bey need to move in together, become buddy frikkin buddy. Schilens isn’t going to have a career at this rate.

    7th rounder. Lots of potential, but if his ankles and feet can’t take it, he won’t make it.

    Best thing about Schilens is his almost maniacal energy once the balls snapped.

    IF his teammates played like he does? We’d win more then we’d lose…

  • Dude

    Hmm…if ALOT of QBs are missing throws and such why is Russels QB rating SOOOOOOOO much lower than the rest of the league?? Quit making excuses for the guy and call a spade a spade. Jamarcus Russell sux. Period.

  • Dude


    How the hell do you pretend to know where Morrison is supposed to be? You dont know the defensive calls and have no idea what his assignment is. Quit acting as if you have any clue.

  • I agree Nnamdi. I should have addedthe WRs to
    That list.


    I watched all the games except Denver.