Running back Darren McFadden returned to practice today for the first time in more than three weeks.
He missed the past three-plus weeks with a high-ankle sprain that he suffered against the Tampa Bay Buccaeers. Backup Mike Goodson also suffered a similar injury in the same game, and he returned to practice today, as well.
If nothing else, it’s a start for McFadden as he attempts to make it back on the field for a game again.
Regular fullback Marcel Reece started in place of McFadden the past three games and amassed 225 yards (4.8-yard average). McFadden averaged only 3.3 yards in the eight games he played before his injury.
Naturally, McFadden remains the starter if he’s healthy enough to play. Goodson likely will reclaim his No. 2 spot, as well, with Reece moving back to fullback.
However, it’s likely that Reece will become more of a focal point of the offense in light of his solid showing as a runner and receiver the past three games.
Reece now is Oakland’s most-productive offensive player, with 672 yards rushing and receiving.
– In other news, defensive tackle Richard Seymour and defensive end Jack Crawford are not practicing today.
Seymour has missed the past three games with hamstring injury. Crawford has been hobbled of late by a sore toe.
– The Raiders signed linebacker Jerrell Harris to their practice squad. He is an undrafted free agent out of Alabama.
Harris takes the spot created by the signing of linebacker Kaelin Burnett to the 53-man roster.