By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 at 4:38 pm in Oakland Raiders.
After 57 days, we finally have a meaningful Darren McFadden sighting.
OK, so he’s not practicing with the rest of his teammates but at least he is on the field doing something football-related for the first time since he suffered a midfoot sprain Oct. 23.
You have to walk before you run, right? Or, in McFadden’s case, jog before he runs.
He emerged from the locker room a short time after practice started, along with four other injured players. They made their way to a far field, a long way away from his teammates, where he worked under the guidance of a team trainer.
McFadden was spotted doing some light jogging and working on lateral movements. It’s not much but it’s far more than the lead running back has done the past two months.
In other news, running back Taiwan Jones returned to practice after a lengthy absence due to a hamstring injury. He ran pass routes, went through drills and did everything else expected of him.
Wide receiver Jacoby Ford (foot) still isn’t healthy enough to practice. He joined McFadden and the three others with the team trainer.
Defensive back/kick returner Bryan McCann is back at practice, two days after he suffered a concussion. Defensive tackle John Henderson (knee) still isn’t able to practice, and he might be through for the season at this rate.
It’s conceivable that the Raiders signed nose tackle Travis Ivey to their practice squad, with an eye toward signing him to the 53-man roster to take Henderson’s spot. Too soon to tell what went into the signing of Ivey.
Free safety Michael Huff also isn’t at practice, which doesn’t bode well for his playing Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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