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McFadden thinks turf toe not as bad as ’08

Darren McFadden has turf toe and although he hopes to face the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, it’s not a slam dunk.

“It might be a game time decision,’’ coach Tom Cable said. “He’s feeling much better, so we’re not trying to chance it right now and see what he can do tomorrow.’’

McFadden said the condition is not nearly as bad as his rookie year, when turf toe on both feet essentially wrecked his season. Behind the scenes, there were those in McFadden’s camp that felt the Raiders mishandled the injury and should have shut him down earlier. He even sought medical opinions outside the organization.

“It brings back memories but at the same time it’s something you learn to deal with,’’ McFadden said. “You know how to approach it.’’

Following the Indianapolis game, McFadden said in the locker room he had rolled his ankle while Cable said he had turf toe. Thursday was the first day he was available to the media and he confirmed his left toe was the issue.

McFadden said he went out and “ran around’’ at practice, but on the official report he was listed as not having practiced.

“I have full intentions of going out and playing so I’ll see how it goes,’’ McFadden said.

Defensive tackle Richard Seymour did not practice and will be a game time decision. Right tackle Langston Walker was limited, saying he made it through 95 percent of practice before he had a “miniscule’’ headache.

Receivers/punt return specialists Nick Miller and Johnnie Lee Higgins were limited with ankle injuries, as was safety Mike Mitchell (ribs), tight end Zach Miller (foot), cornerback Chris Johnson (groin), and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle) participated fully.

More news, notes, quotes and observations:

— The fact that the Raiders are 15 points shy of doubling their 2009 point total and are having their best offensive season since 2002 is of little consolation to offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

Asked if he was pleased by the Raiders’ progress, Jackson said, “No. Not pleased at all. We didn’t win enough games, so I’m not pleased by any stretch of the imagination We’ve been very inconsistent moreso than anything and we’ve got to strive to move forward and be a more consistent offensive football team.’’

Jackson gave himself a “C’’ as a playcaller because “when you don’t make the playoffs and don’t win your division there’s nothing to feel good about. The last two years (with Baltimore) I’ve been in the playoffs and I know what it’s like. That’s the reward for all your hard work. I wasn’t able to help the team get it done this year to my liking or our player’s liking.’’

Interestingly, Jackson had no problem with the play-calling against the Colts. He thought the play calls were fine and the execution was poor.

Critics (OK, me _ as well as a lot of you) thought the Raiders erred in going to the perimeter too often against a Cover 2 team noted for speed rather than attack between the tackles.

“They did some things defensively against us that we didn’t do a great job against. I know everybody cried about ‘Oh we have to run the ball more,’ ” Jackson said. “You got to do what it takes to win a football game. That’s the most important thing. I didn’t leave the game saying, ‘Oh gosh I should have run it more. Oh gosh I should have thrown it more.’ ”

Regarding quarterback Jason Campbell, Jackson said, “He’s really done a good job. He really has. I think Jason has really grown into this role here for our football team. I’m very excited about his future and what he can be in 2011.’’

Jackson wouldn’t bite about questions regarding his own future and the possibility that the Raiders’ offensive improvement could make him a potential head coaching candidate.

“Honestly the only thing I’m worried about is the Kansas City Chiefs and winning this game this week,’’ Jackson said. “That’s the only thing that’s on my mind, period.’’

— Former Chiefs coach and Raiders arch-enemy Marty Schottenheimer will enter the Chiefs Hall of Fame as part of the team’s alumni weekend.

It was Schottheimer who gave Jackson his first job in the NFL as an assistant coach with the Washington Redskins.

“He put me in the league so I have a lot of respect for him,’’ Jackson said. “He taught me a lot of football.’’

Reminded that Schottenheimer has a well-documented disdain for all things silver and black (not to mention an 18-3 record against the Raiders as head coach of the Chiefs), Jackson laughed.

“He does hate the Raiders and on Sunday I’m going to hate him,’’ Jackson said. “That’s part of the business.’’

— With San Diego tight end Antonio Gates headed to injured reserve with plantar fasciiitis, Zach Miller can probably expect a phone call elevating him to the team along with Jacksonville’s Marcedes Lewis.

“It would be great. It’s always been a goal of mine,’’ Miller said. “I’m just happy I was voted as high as I was, even though I was playing with a foot injury. Obviously I want to be one of those guys picked on the roster, but with the injuries this year and missing time, I feel like I ended up with a pretty good season.’’

Sebastian Janikowski, on the other hand, wasn’t as upbeat.

“If you can answer that question for me, that would be great, because it’s happened before,’ Janikowski said when asked what’s keeping him from being named. “I lead the league in field goals, scoring, it’s happened before. Same story.’’

— The Raiders find themselves within reach of the NFL record for penalty yards in a season, needing 106 yards to break the 1998 total of 1,304 yards set by Chiefs in 1998.

They’ll have to go some to break the record for penalties. The Raiders have 138 penalties, 20 shy of the Chiefs’ record of 158 in 1998.

The Raiders’ club records are 156 penalties (1994 and 1996) and 1,274 yards (1969 in 14 games).

Oakland’s penalty breakdown this year: 64 for 448 yards on offense (first), 56 for 575 yards on defense (second) and 18 for 176 on special teams.

Oakland has been called 55 times for false starts, offsides or delay of game. By contrast, the Atlanta Falcons, the NFL’s least penalized team, has 54 penalties all season.

The Raiders are tied for fourth with 18 holding penalties, with Jared Veldheer the team leader with five. Veldheer also leads with seven false starts.

Asked about penalties being a problem Wednesday, Cable said, “Actually I know everybody talks about it. But I think our style of play is to really cut it loose as I always say but I think that will grow as we mature. We’ve had a bunch of good games and a bunch of games where it was kind of ugly that way too. The penalties need to get better, will get better but I don’t see them as being as big an issue as I do the turnovers.’’

The strangest stat?

The Raiders are 0-5 in games where they had eight or fewer penalties.

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  • priesttj

    UNC is as talented as any team in the country in terms of NFL talent why they didn’t win more games is probably due to the lack of a QB. But that WR Greg Little is a good’n The DE and the DT can both play Austin is a pro player right now.

    WE gotta run Bush at KC Sunday and use DMC on the perimeter he just seems to get hurt running between the tackles too often. I would love to see Chaz go off and get Ford and DHB deep.

  • armond

    dmc was shut down by the stupid coaches but he was still worthy. he wouldve had more tds if they didnt let your boy bush piggy back his goal line opportunities. every1 should watch jared crick from nebraska 2nite. noticed him last year when i was looking at suh. #94 can ball his azz off. they also have a lb to watch for but i forget his name and then there is amukamara at cb.

  • Just Fire Baby

    That Tennessee QB looked pretty damn good for a true freshmen.

    3 more years starting in the SEC and I think he can be a first round pick.

    Had a little Bernie Kosar in him, and the way he threw the ball.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Preist,

    Yates isn’t much of a pro prospect at QB (late round pick maybe), but he carried that UNC team most of the year.

    Only had one bad game.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Jake Locker???

    I’ve watched a hand-full of his games, and never once has he looked any good.

  • armond

    priest

    u always say he gets hurt between the tackles 2 often but what runs have u seen to say that? he got turf toe running outside in kc and the other one in practice his rookie year. last year he got blasted being left wide open cuz of missed blocks on a sweep in houston. ive seen no evidence that he is getting hurt running inside. how about we get some damn interior olineman and a REAL FB who can punish some people to help him out. jc and grads got beat up cuz of this sh!tty oline.

  • priesttj

    Armond I;ve already said we need a FB and the reason I see Bush as the better inside runner is not that he’s so much better at it than DMC but becasue what it does to the defenseDMC’s inside running, I get it. He has been spectacular inside and out I’m talking about the wear and tear on him and on the defense that Bush brings to the table. Why beat up DMC when you don’t have to?? It’s smarter to use him in openfield where he can do the most damage with the least amount of wear and tear. Very simple.

  • priesttj

    I would love to seee Locker last until the 2nd rnd and we get him his game is way ahead of him. IMO I wouldn’t take him in the 1st rnd but he is this years Tim Tebow.

  • priesttj

    UW offensive weapons are average at best.

  • priesttj

    Jake Locker will be a very good NFL QB year or two. He has to sit a year or two but after that he’ll be ready to start.

  • armond

    dont get the whole wear n tear thing u talkin about. why limit him to 10-15 carries when he has proven he is more than that? if anything he needs to run the football more and u wanna limit his carries? dont mind bush getting more carries but we dont have to limit dmc to be some scat back. dude is a beast and has earned the right to be rewarded for that.

  • armond

    locker had a nice td run but ive never been impressed with him. maybe if he went to cal where he has some weapons he would show all hes got. he will be an interesting prospect at the combine. can u believe we will be talkin combine sh!t in 2 months already at the end of february? damn shame we didnt make the playoffs like i predicted.

  • djohnnyg

    At least if the Raiders lose we won’t have to hear about yet another dubious record of being the only team in NFL history to sweep division and not win it.

    If they lose it’s 7-9 and a 2-5 finish don the stretch. Doesn’t say a lot for Cable to falter that bad at the end and go into offseason like that.

  • priesttj

    Armond I know he’s a great back but so is Bush who gets next to nothing in this offense. Not limiting DMC just maximizing both. That way DMC stays healthy and fresh and you get a big back to wear down defenses. IMO it helps both players. DMC gets nicked, he always misses games 3 years straight. Why do that when you can keep him on the field with Bush at the same time in the same backfield even. But you can get DMC involved in the passing game as well which would be great for the team as well. I’m not sure why this misses you and you feel it’s some knock on DMC when IMO it says how versatile he is. The guy can score in several ways and we miss nothing in the running game.

  • Nnamdi21

    97. Dude you may be right. Alot of Mario’s problem is his attitude.

    Needs to get competetive and aggresive. Took that demotion in stride.

    Right side should be better, who knows what we do there. Watch Cable rotate Campbell out to RT after wasting an entire year with him at RG and leave Carlisle in.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    The guy who should have been Oakland’s coach has the Huskies on the verge of a bowl victory.

  • JB

    # priesttj Says:
    December 30th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    I would love to seee Locker last until the 2nd rnd and we get him his game is way ahead of him. IMO I wouldn’t take him in the 1st rnd but he is this years Tim Tebow.
    *************************

    We don’t have a first round pick this year. So, we better make sure every pick really counts and makes a difference.

  • JB

    # priesttj Says:
    December 30th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Armond I’ve already said we need a FB
    ***********************

    This may be a little outside the box but how about BCampbell at FB? He certainly has the requisite size and he does possess the speed. I have to believe we can teach him to block. The only possible shortcoming might be pass catching ability. The Jets have their John Connors “The Terminator”. With Bcampbell, we could easily have “The terminator – Generation 3″.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    Say Priest, you think Cable is back next season?

  • priesttj

    JB what are you saying, Locker isn’t worth the risk?? If you’ve watched this kid for the last 3 year you he can play. It’s similar to Jay Cutler playing on a losing team. You have to find a way to evaluate him separate from his team. The stats don’t tell the truth. He is an outstanding talent who is victimized by the talent around him. Only great scouts find these types. Lazy scouts look right passs them.

  • priesttj

    JB you need a true FB BC would get hurt

  • PassTheCheetos

    # armond Says:
    December 30th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    locker had a nice td run but ive never been impressed with him. maybe if he went to cal where he has some weapons he would show all hes got. he will be an interesting prospect at the combine. can u believe we will be talkin combine sh!t in 2 months already at the end of february? damn shame we didnt make the playoffs like i predicted.
    ———–
    What do you mean two months. Your talking about combine right now.

  • JB

    Priest
    Made no reference regarding Locker at all. Don’t know enough about him to really comment. I was just pointing out that we don’t have a first round pick and therefore, whoever we pick @ 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7 really need to be solid picks. My other comment was directed at our next to youngest player on the team – BCampbell. I really think sticking him at guard is a waste. We could easily slip Loper in there at RG or slide walker into the RG position. I still think we need to upgrade Satele. He’s improved this year but with him & Carlisle, our midsection is far too soft. Both of them can’t handle a bull-rush and they are both a liability. I’d just like to look at all possible options for BCampbell, including FB.

  • priesttj

    Cable needs to win Sunday IMO a loss hurts him that would make him 2-5 his last 7 games.

  • priesttj

    I think he would be a great RT or RG, persoanlly I’d like to see him stay at RG

  • JB

    # priesttj Says:
    December 30th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    JB you need a true FB BC would get hurt
    *************************

    Please explain what a true FB looks like from your perspective. Why do you think BC would fail at that position? I think the game changes and evolves yearly. Back in Shell’s day an OT was 6’4″ 265#. Today that size player wouldn’t even be considered for the O-line. Can’t the same be true for other positions like FB?

  • PassTheCheetos

    is right now a bad time to admit to being a cornhusker fan as well as a Raider fan.

  • JB

    # PassTheCheetos Says:
    December 30th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    is right now a bad time to admit to being a cornhusker fan as well as a Raider fan.
    **********************

    Go for it. Whatever floats your boat. As long as you are a Raider fan you should be good to go here.

  • priesttj

    It’s not as important about his size as it is leverage and angles. He’s way too big to get the knee bend and low man always wins.

  • PassTheCheetos

    It’s not as important about his size as it is leverage and angles.
    —————-
    thats what she said

  • Sir Dennis Eeatin-Hog

    priesttj, you sure seem to not understand how the running game works. You can’t just run a guy on sweeps and mis-direction pitches on the perimter all the time, because the defense will load up on those plays and you give them nothing else to worry about. What you are talking about would best be described as a specialist, or a role player — a Reggie Bush or a Darren Sproles. I’ve been reading this crap on here for three years now from you and a few others. The backup is not a great back, but he is serviceable in a pinch.

    You have a real homerun threat as your starter, a game-breaker, who is a feature back and MUST get 24-28 touches per game to put up the best numbers at the position in the league. RB by committee is a bad idea, hasn’t worked the previous two years, and really, I believe some games were left on the table due to the inability of this staff to know how/when to ride its stallion to the finish line. Arizona, Miami, J’ville, and even Indy are games that come to mind here.

  • JB

    Priest

    I agree with you that MHenderson may be just what we are looking for at ORT. If that’s the case then we still need to upgrade ORG & C. Gallery & Veldheer will be fine on the left side. Satele will be a good BU at C. Kris O’Dowd, C-USC 6’4″ 300# should be here in the 3rd & possibly 4th round.

  • priesttj

    Rememblarer the DE at 6’4″ 265 he was too tall and angular blocking is very difficult for a man that size.

  • YoungAmerican

    O’Dowd has a long, serious injury history. Avoid.

  • PassTheCheetos

    The Raiders were the first time that really got me into sports. At this point id give a national championship just to see my Raiders make the playoffs. Sister went to unl and graduated i went there for a year didnt do real well. Still not like i just picked a college team to follow.

  • priesttj

    DMC is a great back as I’ve said 2 thousand times inside and out. I know he can run inside he demonstrated it many times. I’m not saying RUN him outside exclusively. Let him run normal plays but use him in he passing game as well. Let Bush do the heavy inside running and you maximize both…………..period

  • JB

    I’ll buy that explanation. I’d just like to see this new young talent utilized especially if we have some glaring deficiencies in the starting O-line. I’d really like to see the new kid’s involved more. All sitting around for them gets is another year older with no more experience. If TC has one failing habit, it’s sticking with some players way beyond the time they should have been turned loose or replaced.

  • priesttj

    I know he loves Carlisle who IMO is why we get stuffed a lot…………..but that Cable.

  • PassTheCheetos

    # JB Says:
    December 30th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    I’ll buy that explanation. I’d just like to see this new young talent utilized especially if we have some glaring deficiencies in the starting O-line. I’d really like to see the new kid’s involved more. All sitting around for them gets is another year older with no more experience. If TC has one failing habit, it’s sticking with some players way beyond the time they should have been turned loose or replaced.
    ————————-
    Amen especially on the o-line. Sometimes i think he likes the guys so much hes completely unwilling to make changes because he used to exclusively coach just them.

  • JB

    If TC wants to keep his job he needs to stop doing that.Especially, when the deficiency is that obvious on a regular basis. TC did the same thing with Kwame. You would think he’d learn from these bad choices.

  • PassTheCheetos

    I dont think tc needs to be fired or anything. I just think he needs to make changes on the oline because what we got isnt working.

  • Sir Dennis Eeatin-Hog

    But if you let Bush do the heavy inside running, then you are taking your best player out of the play. You knw what you get when bush punds the middle, at best a few first downs. What do you get when DMAC runs up the middle? Permit me to answer for you:

    Week 2, St. Louis: 30-yards to the 4-yard-line.
    Week 3, Arizona: 32-yards to the red zone.
    Week 7, Denver: 57 yards into the end zone
    Week 8, Seattle: 49 yards to the ‘Hawks 30
    Week 9, KC: 34 yards to the KC 24
    Week 13, San Diego: 20 yards into Charger territory
    Week 14, Jacksonville: 51 yards into the end zone, 36 yards into the end zone
    Week 15, Denver: 20 yards into ‘Donks territory
    Week 16, Indy: 26 yards to near midfield

    SOOOOO, you’re willing to give up those middle runs — the ones that score TDs and completely flip field position, so that Bush can pound on the D to the tune of 20 carries for 68 yards and a few first downs?

    C’mon man!

  • priesttj

    By the way I’m a USC Trojan fan going all the wya back to OJ I think I understand the running game just fine. Raider Fan since 1967 I’ve seen a lot………thank you very much!!

  • priesttj

    20 for 68 my ass !!

  • Sir Dennis Eeatin-Hog

    I’m sorry, didn’t mean to flame as much as I wanted you to consider my point. I put up the middle rushing stats for you — from memory — and I’d like for you to explain to me how Bush is going to compensate us for those numbers if he is getting those carries.

    BTW, I’m a diehard Razorbacks fan and now a Raiders fan, and I’m not interested in a pi$$ing match as much as I am in setting the record straight. I am going to police this board for any and all DMAC non-believers, and I am going to dispense the truth, backing it up with meaningful stats and insight.

  • Sir Dennis Eeatin-Hog

    priesttj, you are correct, it was more like 20 carries for 48 yards (against SanFran). Do you need more?

  • DKnight007

    # PurpleDrank81 Says:
    December 30th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I like Kirkpatrick from TCU

    ^^^^^^^
    Me also! You and I have the same eye for talent.

  • priesttj

    Shut up BOY go play nintendo I’ve seen them both have their best games as pros ad i know what they both can do. Go sniff DMC’s jock on your own time.

  • Sir Dennis Eeatin-Hog

    Nintendo? Gosh priesttj, I’ve seen their best games, too. I actually think Bush is a decent backup, but he is not the powerful runner that many of you think he is, and certainly he is not the best fit on your team in goal-line packages. As far as me sniffing DMAC’s jock, that would probably make me throw up, so I’ll pass. I do like seeing him in that silver and black, though. I’ll be at the game in Kansas City on Sunday, and whether he plays or not, I’ll be yelling for the Raiders to win.

    BOY, is that a derogatory shot at me based on age/maturity or is it a jab at southern slang. Yall left-coasters can be so clever.

  • Sir Dennis Eeatin-Hog

    USC fan, shux, you do know a lot about pro football.