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McFadden working hard to get back before season’s end

An ESPN report Thursday said Raiders running back Darren McFadden met with Dr. Robert Anderson last week in an attempt to get a better feel for whether he can return this season from the midfoot sprain that has forced him to miss the past seven games.
McFadden reportedly underwent a slew of tests — C-T scans, MRIs and X-rays — on his right foot. Dr. Anderson told McFadden that the foot hasn’t healed all the way and that, for McFadden to play again this season, he would have to find a way to deal with the pain.
McFadden has not spoken with the media since he suffered the injury Oct. 23. Jackson on Thursday refused to rule out McFadden for Saturday’s game against the Chiefs.
“Obviously, it doesn’t look great if a guy’s not out here moving around,” Jackson said of McFadden, wide receiver Jacoby Ford, free safety Michael Huff and defensive tackle John Henderson. “But they’re not totally ruled out as of yet.”
That determination will come Friday, the day the Raiders fly to Kansas City.
McFadden jogged and worked on lateral movements with a team trainer on Tuesday. Jackson said McFadden was sore, as expected, Wednesday as a result of the strenuous workout.
It’s tough to envision McFadden playing Saturday, given he hasn’t performed any football-related activities for 60 days. He certainly won’t play in the regular-season finale against the San Diego Chargers on Jan. 1 unless the Raiders still are in playoff contention.
The Raiders would be eliminated from playoff contention Saturday if they lose to the Chiefs, the Denver Broncos beat the Buffalo Bills and either the New York Jets or Cincinnati Bengals win.

BRESNAHAN ANSWERS TOUGH QUESTIONS
Defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan was criticized for the way his defense performed late in the fourth quarter of a 28-27 loss to the Detroit Lion on Sunday.
The Lions cobbled together back-to-back scoring drives that covered 17 plays and 169 yards in 4 minutes, 23 seconds, and resulted in touchdowns for the come-from-behind victory.
Bresnahan disputed the notion that the Raiders played a prevent defense or that the scheme changed in any way because of the seemingly insurmountable lead.
“If you look at the game, we didn’t do that,” Bresnahan said. “We stayed with a four-man rush, we stayed with our coverage approach.”
The problem was execution, he said. In particular, a 48-yard pass from Matthew Stafford to wide receiver Calvin Johnson never should have happened, regardless of the fact Johnson was covered by middle linebacker Rolando McClain and backup safety Jerome Boyd.
Bresnahan admitted the McClain and Boyd lost sight of the ball as it floated through the air and into Johnson’s hands despite Johnson having to break off his route and come back for the ball, with McClain and Boyd flanking Johnson.
“There’s things, though, that happened at the beginning of the play that we didn’t execute properly to disrupt the whole timing of that route, and I put that on my shoulders because we didn’t get it done,” Bresnahan said. “We did not get it done and we will because, when you have one red dot, that red dot is not going to do what he did to us.”
The “red dot” refers to the target on Johnson going into the game as the one player the Raiders had to stop, at all costs.
Johnson caught nine passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns.
“We only had one target,” Bresnahan said. “At the end of the day, we failed because, when you allow somebody to have 200-plus yards in receiving yardage and making impact plays like he did, we obviously didn’t do a good enough job on defense.”
As for using McClain and Boyd on Johnson, instead of No. 1 cornerback Stanford Routt, Bresnahan seemed content with the alignment.
“At this time, (Boyd’s) our starting safety and that’s our package,” Bresnahan said. “Our ‘Mike’ (middle) linebacker is a middle-of-the-field player but not over the top. He’s an inside player looking for the in routes, and our safety is over the top. Again, that’s stuff that we’ll handle in our room. But, no, when you look at the entire play, it should never have gotten to that (point).”

ODDS AND ENDS
Jackson said there’s a realistic shot of Denarius Moore returning punts against the Chiefs. Bryan McCann and T.J. Houshmandzadeh handled that role against the Lions, while Moore eased his way back into the lineup after missing three games.
“There’s a good chance he could be back out there and give us a little spark and a little lift in another area for our football team,” Jackson said of Moore.
Running back Michael Bush (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday. However, he should be at full strength for the Chiefs game.
“Mike will be fine,” Jackson said. “Mike’s a warrior. He’ll show up and he’ll play well.”
Jackson added that Bush shouldn’t be as worn down on the heels of back-to-back games in which he carried the ball fewer than 20 times.
“He’s carried the ball quite a bit,” Jackson said. “There was a stretch there where he was averaging 30 attempts a game. At some point in time that catches up to you. He hasn’t carried as much the past couple of weeks. We’ve played some physical teams and he’s been slamming that ball up in there the way you have to run the ball.”
Offensive coordinator Al Saunders said the Raiders need to rely upon Bush more than they have the past two games.
“Our back has been tagged a little bit as the one to stop going into the games,” Saunders said. “He’s done a terrific job for us. We have to be more of a balanced attack. When we’re passing and running with efficiency, your running game becomes that much better.”

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  • GoodOle00

    Bey catches everything last Sunday…except the one that counts.

    His fumble was just as devastating as Boyd’s flag negating Branch’s 70+ yd return.

    THATS Raider football.

    Idiots.

  • J Hill

    Not even worried about McClain and the rest of our defensive talent.

    Hue all but told us there will be another DC here next year and that DC will run the 3-4.

    McClain will shine in the 3-4, as will our OLBs Curry and Wimbley.

    I agree that we might actually see a revived Trevor Scott as an OLB in the 3-4.

    ShoNasty and Kelly will get us back draft picks we can use to build the team. Gotta give up something to get something.

  • Forrest Hump

    Kelly maybe, but no one is trading for Shaughnessy since he just had a season long injury. Wouldnt want to give him up anyway. Perfect 3-4 DE.

  • J Hill

    The leverage of Dwight will sign with the Nets for free in the off-season,

    ——————————————————-

    That’s leverage against the Lakers?

    I’d say that’s leverage against the Nets.

    Who would you say the better player is, Bynum or Lopez?

    Bynum and 2 #1s is the best offer out there.

  • J Hill

    Houston and Bryant are the perfect 3-4 DEs.

    ShoNasty is not big enough.

    Would have a better chance at OLB, imo, but his best position is 4-3 DE. Was on his way to a pro bowl season. I think that would have some trade value.

  • Dakota

    Jhill,

    We could trade for any players we want, won’t make much of a difference as long as Mike Brown is the coach. I have never seen such a POS offensive showing in all my years of watching Laker games. It is like watching a disorganized middle school b-ball team.

  • Forrest Hump

    It would’ve had he actually played all year and made the pro-bowl. For now he’s just damaged goods until he shows he’s back in that kind of form. And he’s not much smaller than Bryant if you look at them. I would be ok with him at OLB tho, he would remind me of LaMarr Woodley there.

  • Dakota

    Can’t even make a simple entry pass….

  • GoodOle00

    We’re not going 3-4.

    3-4 NTs are harder to find than top flight QBS and twice as likely to injure

  • J Hill

    Dakota,

    Don’t you think there is going to be a deprogramming period from the Triangle?

    You expected to see them looking “sharp” already?

    LOL!

  • J Hill

    Can’t even make a simple entry pass….

    ——————————————————-

    So it’s Mike Brown’s fault our guards suck?

  • Dakota

    610.J Hill Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 2:44 pm
    Dakota,

    Don’t you think there is going to be a deprogramming period from the Triangle?

    You expected to see them looking “sharp” already?

    LOL!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    Sharp? I expect just a modicum of competence at this point. They can’t make two passes in a row without a turnover! They can’t even swing the ball…..oh my heart! I need a Rolaid.

  • J Hill

    I only watched the 1st qtr of the last game Dakota.

    I thought for the most part certain players looked good, and certain players looked like they needed to be cut.

    Gasoft, Ebanks, Bynum, Murphy, McRoberts, Blake, D Fish, and the rookie Morris will all be good for the team.

    Why in the heck we didn’t get Fluke to do a medical retirement is beyond me.

    Artest will be 6th man of the year!

  • Dakota

    So far the offense is: guard dribbles and dribbles, somehow a 7 footer gets the ball in no position to make a play, gives it back to the guard who jacks up a bad shot late in the shot clock….or there is the dribbles up the court and commit a quick turnover set.

    I thought we hired some Italian coach to run the O….is that the roman offense?

  • Dakota

    Metta World Peace is so bad…..why did we trade Ron Artest for him again?

  • inonewordraider

    the other rookie goudelock is a better shooter than Morris

  • inonewordraider

    Ebanks or Barnes?

  • olinesux

    lakers have no allen iverson to score in the last seconds of the shot clock

  • J Hill

    Yeah, I was just reading Brown’s comments on Goudelock.

    Seems like he is high on the rookie gaurds.

    Going to be interesting to see how Brown integrates some of these guys into the rotation and puts his so called stamp on things.

    Ebanks starting at the 3 is a GREAT move!

    I’d like to see him say eff it and start one of these rookies at the point. It would be ZERO pressure on him playing with Gasoft, Kobe, and Bynum. If Goudelock is as good of a defender as Brown is suggesting, start him now.

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    Metta World Peace is so bad…..why did we trade Ron Artest for him again?

    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    HA! good one…

  • J Hill

    I think Gasoft is going to have a MONSTER season this year.

    El Spaniardo is going to put in work!

    Blake Griffin????

    Pffttt!!!!

    Lakers have the bst PF in the league!

  • Dakota

    new post….i think

  • dvrick

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    McFaker is done.This story is a lie and the RaiderBabies will finish Last!!LMAO

  • dvrick

    # hwnrdr Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Thec…what’s up you Charger Lover?

  • dvrick

    # inonewordraider Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Cable’s got it going should’ve kept him!?

  • dvrick

    # Thec07 Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Whats good MistaB??? Hope all is well MR…I’m pulling for Tebow.

  • dvrick

    # ghostraiders Says:
    December 22nd, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Kk.. …I am taking your advice.I am now a Tebow fan too.

  • dvrick

    # J Hill Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    I think Gasoft is going to have another bad season this year.

    El Spaniardo won’t put in work!

    Blake Griffin????

    Pffttt!!!!

    Warriors have the bst Team in the league!

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Trade DMAC ?

    Nope.

    DMAC might turn out to be Bill Walton. It’s possible injuries will limit his career. But when DMAC is healthy, there’s no debating that he’s a superb player. In my book, he’s the BEST all around RB in the NFL. A devastating combination of speed, power, hands and blocking ability.

    Some call him a luxury. I prefer to think of him as a necessity.

    He’s the difference maker on offense.

    Not interested in a 2nd round pick for him. I don’t believe that top notch RBs are as easy a commodity to find as some here seem to think. I also believe that the importance of having a solid running game and a ‘take it to the house’ explosive RB is underestimated due to teams like the Packers and Saints dominating with their passing attacks.

    When the Raids dumped ‘poor JaMarcus’ (right Debo ?), I had no concerns about possibly facing him down the line.

    When the Raids dump McClain, I’ll have no reservations about seeing him in an opposing uniform.

    If the Raids make the mistake of moving DMAC, he’s someone I wouldn’t want to face.

    DMAC is a keeper. A player worth keeping and hoping he can get back on the field and stay there.

  • qodrn1

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    Sixth: Zymurge Chiefs 28 Raiders 0 (WTF)
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