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McFadden on the practice field

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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  • JLofty

    The 9Balls had no where to go but up. Whereas at 8-8 with Cable we clearly could have gone either way. And we’ve been fighting for the division and are still in the running for a playoff spot despite some real bad injuries. So I’d say hire a GM (like ReggieMac) and a bright young DC like Perry and lessee what 2012 can bring….

  • RaiderSnake12

    da trinity Says:
    December 20th, 2011 at 6:06 pm
    Shut the Hell up with all this elite qb crap. Give the man an offseason then make ur decision. We can win with Carson palmer, its the defense that’s the issue. Oh how soon we forget our QB’s of the past. Remember Kerry Collins, Aaron brooks, Rick mirer, Mclown, jamarcus. Carson is completing passes I haven’t seen since the gannon years. He audibles at the Los, he’s consistently throwing over 3 bills, I admit he does have to limit his picks but dam give the man an offseason. U guys sound like lonelyhouse wifes bickering over nonsense. Sac up
    ===

    Agreed

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Raider fans have been “sacking up” for the last 10 years.

  • Raiders for life

    QB Carson Palmer completed 32 of 40 pass attempts for 367 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions. He finished the game with a 113.2 passer rating.

    WR Darrius Heyward-Bey had a career day, catching eight passes for 155 yards and a touchdown. His previous game high was 115 yards on October 2, 2011 against New England.

  • RaidingTexas

    RaiderSnake12 Says:

    switching coaches again will only set us back…..again

    ——————————-

    Yeah, but all that switching coaches just left us with bad coaches now. Nobody else would take the job while Al was still alive. Hue and Chuck aren’t even coordinators on any other staff right now if Al didn’t hire them. Position coaches at best.

    The opportunity is there to start fresh with real coaches, and put in the stability going forward. Erase the past. New start. No more maniacal owner to fug it all up.

    It’s a process. You can start it now, or get through another year or two of mediocrity and start it then. I know which one I’d prefer.

  • JLofty

    Keep, Huge. Get a GM, get a DC that both the GM and Huge want. Build from there. 1st year HC’s take a little time to cook…

  • DKnight007

    Switching coaches again would be stupidity. The only wa that happends is if Huey and the Raiders get killed in the next 2 division games.

    What the Raiders need is a GM/Personnel Man and a REAL D Coordinator to turn this lousy defense around!

    If this team just had an AVERAGE defense with a competent D Coordinator, they would have wrapped up the division awhile back!

  • RaiderSnake12

    RaidingTexas Says:
    December 20th, 2011 at 6:20 pm
    RaiderSnake12 Says:

    switching coaches again will only set us back…..again

    ——————————-

    Yeah, but all that switching coaches just left us with bad coaches now. Nobody else would take the job while Al was still alive. Hue and Chuck aren’t even coordinators on any other staff right now if Al didn’t hire them. Position coaches at best.

    The opportunity is there to start fresh with real coaches, and put in the stability going forward. Erase the past. New start. No more maniacal owner to fug it all up.

    It’s a process. You can start it now, or get through another year or two of mediocrity and start it then. I know which one I’d prefer.

    I know hue has made some questionable calls and done a few things that fans don’t agree with but I still believe he at least deserves another year. For whatever reason I believe hes a good coach…he’s been through alot this year and I think he deserves a chance…our offense was terrible before he got here…now our defense is suffering, bad playcalling, scheme or not enough playmakers i’m not sure..

  • mikedlopes

    I will sh1t my pants if I see McFadden again this season.

  • beach

    100, Exactly. Carson is a top 10 QB, period!

  • boss01

    This team has no chance with the current makeup of the defensive roster and coaching staff

    Three dmacs wouldn’t make a difference with this porous defense, like cockran said, no game changers out there, what this team needs is not a healthy dmac, they need a healthy mario williams

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Beach Says:
    December 20th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    100, Exactly. Carson is a top 10 QB, period!
    —————————————-
    Under what set of numbers, or other empirical evidence?

  • YoungAmerican

    Carson is comparable to Schaub, Cutler, Rivers, Flacco. Ranking on any given week would be between #9 and #16. Can occasionally take over games. Has all the tools, very few limitations. May not be the kind of QB who can make any receiver look good, nor can he carry the team when the O-line and running game are struggling, but he’s as good as you’re going to find outside of lucking out and getting a Rodgers/Brady/Brees/Manning/Roethelisberger.

  • olinesux

    if dmac plays i will be happy he steps on the field, hopefully he can help this team. But ive seen this movie before and highly doubt he plays….

  • boss01

    Carson with a healthy dmac and a true number 1 will be in the same class as manning / Brady / Rodgers

    Next year will be his best year ever, MVP year for Carson, book it.

  • olinesux

    palmer is lights out better than cantbell and any rookie qb that wouldve been drafted

  • boss01

    I want to see ford, moore and dhb together at the same time and you will see the Carson you saw in the SD game, kc will have no chance

  • Seymour Bush

    # Method To My Madness Says:
    December 20th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Palmer not elite…he proved that in Cincy…punk couldnt handle the pressure and wanted an easy way out
    ===========================================

    Palmer is certainly elite. When you are a two time pro bowl Q, you have lead the league in TD’s, you have taken a crap franchise to the playoffs, you are pretty high up there. And in the last game, which was a must game, Palmer was what 12 for 14 for 165 yards and a TD to begin the game? That sounds pretty damn elite to me.

  • Seymour Bush

    YoungAmerican Says:
    December 20th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Carson is comparable to Schaub, Cutler, Rivers, Flacco.
    ==========================================

    Pro Bowler, Pro Bowler, Pro Bowler, Pro Bowler. Sounds pretty elite to me.

  • DKnight007

    115.boss01 Says:
    December 20th, 2011 at 6:53 pm
    Carson with a healthy dmac and a true number 1 will be in the same class as manning / Brady / Rodgers

    Next year will be his best year ever, MVP year for Carson, book it.

    ^^^^^^^
    Imaging how much better Palmer would be and this whole team would be with a REAL D Coordinator and a REAL DEFENSE?

    Wow!

  • boss01

    Dmac + Carson with ford-dhb-Moore + true #1 wr from fa = top 3 offense in the league

  • DathHall

    I wouldn’t venture as far as to call CP a top 10 QB, none the less I feel he is easily top 15, and has an opportunity to be successful and pay his dividends in the future. For a decade I have been saying “We’ll do good things next season,” and this is the first time I feel confident in saying that. If our running game stays healthy, our coaching/training staff improves, and we develop some play makers on defense, the division will be our’s for the taking. I’m not writing off this season, but my expectation bar has been jostled around so much this season I feel like I’m playing limbo with a group of crack-addicts. All I ask is we send Chucky B back to the UFL!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    If, if’s and but’s were candy and nuts, the Raiders would have a very merry X-mas.

  • JB

    The one major thing we dd fond out over this last 4 weeks s that MBush is NOT a starter. He’s actually very ordinary. That’s unfortunate for him as it appears that the opposing D’s have him figured out for the most part. He is an UFA this upcoming year and will no doubt end up somewhere else. we also know that Taiwan Jones would be much better at slot WR. He, like MBush, cant pass block which is key in our newly evolving offense. If he can catch, TJones at slot WR could be a deadly weapon – our Wes Welker. Get him the ball across the middle in the open & it’s a home run. That means we need a least 2 new RB prospects in addition to DMac. And that assumes that DMac will return to his full abilities which is not a sure thing at this moment.

    From a WR perspective, I can see us trading Murphy & Schilins for some draft picks. I’d simply release Houshmanzanda – he’s toasted. That means in addition to Ford, D-Wow, DHB & TJones, we need to add 2-3 more prospects. We might try David Ausberry at wide out instead of TE. Our current compliment of TE’s seems adequate. Ausberry is big & fast enough to make it work at WR.

    The last changes I would make on the offense would be beefing up the O-line by moving Wiz to center, Heyer to LG, Barksdale to RT and get BCampbell ready to play at RG or dump him entirely.

    Oh yes, Al Saunders should be calling the plays, not Hue. Hue needs to spend more of his time micro-managing the coordinators and assistant coaches. Additionally, he can take certain players, like BCampbell, and motivate them to succeed or show them the back door.

  • boss01

    ^^^^^^^
    Imaging how much better Palmer would be and this whole team would be with a REAL D Coordinator and a REAL DEFENSE?

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    The team would certainly be afc west champs now and I would be spared all this stupid tebow garbage.

    However, Brady is getting it done with a horrible defense, so no excuse for Carson not to

  • boss01

    Hue should not be calling plays anymore, he needs to worry about managing the game right, “obviously” he cannot multitask and handle both responsibilities

  • JT

    Hue Jackson still remembers that KC game earlier were the chief defenders were diving at Palmer legs, and they were trying to score there at the end of a blowout game…

    This game may become a nasty penalty fest, with da raiders taking the win at the end.

    I dont see McFadden making any diference after being put out for almost 2 months.

    Im still hurting from that Detroit debacle.

  • hendu

    Boss01,and Brady has been with his team how long?Palmer is just fine,see how the TEAM does in 12.

  • boss01

    Right when I was calling for a 6 man rush, dumb @ss chuck b goes with a three man front and stafford easily runs for a first down, why is he still the dc after this debacle

  • boss01

    Hendu, Carson will be just fine because dumb schitt chuck b will be in the arena league

  • hendu

    130,Bingo,that is our hope,anyway.

  • jmeds

    I have woke up two days straight and the first word out my mouth is the “fu&*#$ Raiders!” Watching the game live was one thing. Going home and seeing the highlights confirmed what I thought. Breshnahan needs to go. How do you allow C. Johnson to beat you when you know they are looking for him in that situation at the end of the game down the field? McClain and Boyd covering him on the big play on the last drive? Really Chuck? That was what you had drawn up in that situation? In Green Bay we ran zone almost all game and let Rogers pick us apart. Losing is part of the game but at the NFL level this type of incompetence is unnacceptable. Hue should have looked for a quick pass on the 3rd and 3 when Palmer missed Schillens. I like the guts, but you have to remember we missed a few shots down field already earlier in the game. Hue needs to tighten up his situational play calling, in my opinion. A first down there and the game is over. This one stings.

  • Raiders for life

    Since Gruden it’s been the same thing every year, fire the fkn HC. Not just this blog but everywhere..
    I hope the RAIDERS go 9-7 and somehow squeeze into the post season with DMAC making his 1st appearance since Moses and DHB having another career game.
    Then all of the chants to fire Hue and trade McFadden will fade away.
    Nevermind, the D will fck it all up.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    I have two questions for Hue Jackson:

    1) When will Chuk Bresh be fired?
    2) Why not now?

    and then I’ll just let him know what he already knows: You aint making the playoffs with that retard at DC…

    The Raiders pick up a real DC in the offseason, they make the playoffs next year. I can garantee it!!!!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Thar s.o.b loves 3 man fronts & prevents. Hopefully the last gasp of Al Davis defenses.

  • 4th Lombardi

    Bottom line is Hue didn’t get to pick most of these assistant coaches. The only ones on the team who excite me are Wylie, Waufle, Wiz, and Biekert. Period.

    There will be a GM, a new DC, all new assistants on D and a few on O and maybe a real ST coach.

    When we have a D with a scheme from this century and some discipline on that side of the ball Hues offense will be much more able to blow teams out and all the PU$$IE$ in here can stop bi!tching about not kicking FG’s in the first quarter.

    Offense total yds 11th; passing 12th; rushing 6th
    Defense total yds 27th; passing 23rd; rushing 26th

    So where’s the problem again????

    Not to mention a complete off season for Palmer to really get the playbook nailed down. Things will be very different next season….but this one ain’t over yet…..

  • hendu

    133,Raiders for Life,so the answer is,Bring Jon Gruden back,get Bruce Allen back,with this young team Wspeed.Just a dream,I would like them to finish the job.Oh,and Mark Davis may remember Chuckie ps Hue as OC,remember its a dream

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    We need a WR. This speedy guys are made of glass or something, and as much as DHB works hard and wants it, he isnt there yet…we need a solid WR out there helping the speedsters out, Houshamachili aint that guy.

  • silverback

    Why are we obsessed with words like elite or franchise? If there is anyone here that believes Palmer can’t win as a Raider with a proper supporting cast just come out and say so. Rich Gannon can become a winner here but Carson Palmer can’t?

  • hendu

    Silverback,Well Said,if Plunk can come into Oakland and win TWO Super Bowls,why cant Palmer?

  • joker94583

    Too little too late McFragile. You’re a vajayjay. And by the way Nation Gruden isn’t coming back ok. Get over it.

  • r8rfan

    Please Raiders listen to me…I live in so-cal and the radio stations have the chargers going 9-7 beating us Jan. 1….we need to shut them up…All I want for christmas is D-mac on the field….and playing.. even though bush did great the first time..we need them both.. we need to win out….Lets shut the Choker fans up….I will be at the game and I want to see
    Rivers on his a**.. Please Seymour help me…