Running back Darren McFadden felt good enough Monday to sit down in front of his locker, in full view of reporters, sweat pouring off his body, and make the first public comments since underdoing arthroscopic surgery a month ago.
McFadden was put through the paces by a member of the athletic training staff for the second time _ he was also worked out Friday. There were no full-on sprints, but McFadden was working hard enough to be breathing heavily when it was over.
“We went out there today and worked on cuts. I was kind of winded,” McFadden said. “That was one of the main things, see if I can get out there and do a little running around and get good footing.”
McFadden believes returning for the Kansas City game on Nov. 15 is “realistic. That’s what we’re shooting for. We’re pushing for it.”
With the Raiders scheduled to take today off, practice Wednesday and Thursday then adjourn for the weekend, many players are making plans to go home. McFadden will remain in the area, rehabbing his knee.
McFadden thinks he’s starting to see progress in a struggling offense.
“I feel like we’ve been making improvements, opening holes, starting to complete some passes,” McFadden said. “It’s a small improvement but it’s going forward.”
More to come after Tom Cable’s press briefing . . .