By Steve Corkran
Monday, November 14th, 2011 at 1:19 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Running back Darren McFadden was among a handful of players held out of practice today, as the Raiders returned to the field for the first time since their convincing victory over the San Diego Chargers.
McFadden has not practiced since he suffered a mid-foot sprain against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 23. He missed all but a handful of plays in that game, as well as the games against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 30 and the Chargers last Thursday night.
Coach Hue Jackson hasn’t shed much on the severity of McFadden’s injury or the projected timeframe for his return to practice. Based on the fact there was no structural damage, according to Jackson, it is believed that McFadden suffered a Grade 1 sprain, which is the least severe of the three sprains.
On the bright side for McFadden and the Raiders, McFadden has three more practices before the Minnesota Vikings game Sunday. Therefore, he has plenty of time to get back on the field and into football shape.
He was on crutches the last time he was spotted at the team’s year-round facility, with his right foot in a protective boot.
The Raiders no doubt will take every precaution with McFadden, given they are in first place in the AFC West, with an edge on a playoff berth, and playing a Vikings team that is not among the league’s elite.
Also, Michael Bush has rushed for 352 yards in McFadden’s absence and added 130 yards receiving.
– Wide receiver Jacoby Ford (foot), defensive tackle Richard Seymour (unknown), safety Michael Huff (ankle), cornerbacks DeMarcus Van Dyke (hamstring) and Chris Johnson (hamstring) and middle linebacker Rolando McClain (ankle) are not practicing.
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