By Steve Corkran
Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at 11:42 am in Oakland Raiders.
Running back Darren McFadden is practicing today for the second straight day as he steams toward a return from a high-ankle sprain that sidelined him for three games.
McFadden is running around, making cuts, catching passes and looking like the McFadden we saw the first eight games of the season.
Coach Dennis Allen said he is hopeful of McFadden being in good enough condition to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
At this point, there’s no indication that McFadden won’t be healed enough to resume the starting job.
Backup Mike Goodson also is at practice for a second straight day. Like McFadden, he is recovering from a high-ankle sprain.
McFadden is expected to speak with the media today and provide an update on how he feels.
– Middle linebacker Rolando McClain is not at practice today, but he is still on the 53-man roster.
For now, anyway. The Raiders have until 1 p.m. today to waive McClain for it to count in the view of the league office.
It’s also possible that the Raiders could suspend McClain for up to four games for conduct detrimental to the team. That would preclude the Raiders from having to pay McClain 1/17 of his $970,000 base salary for each game he is suspended.
We will know more once Allen speaks with the media around 1 p.m.
– Defensive tackle Richard Seymour (hamstring) and defensive end Jack Crawford (toe) are the only others players not at practice.
Seymour has missed the past three games. Crawford was out for last Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
– No word yet from the Raiders on whether they sold at least 85 percent of the tickets for Sunday’s game. That is the minimum required for the game to be televised locally.
All eight of Oakland’s regular-season home games in 2011 and the first five this season were televised locally.
If the Raiders reach that threshhold for the Browns game, then it’s safe to assume they will do so for the Broncos game Dec. 6 and the Chiefs game Dec. 16.