The Raiders got great news on Tuesday as running back Darren McFadden practiced for the first time in more than two weeks. Reports say that the guy expected to be the teams feature back in 2010 will make his preseason debut this weekend against the 49’ers.
McFadden ran with the Raiders’ first-team offense, breaking off two long runs during a team scrimmage and later hauling in a deep pass from quarterback Jason Campbell in a 7-on-7 drill. That was encouraging for Oakland, which lost wide receiver Chaz Schilens indefinitely after the third-year pro had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. No timetable has been set for his return.
McFadden had not practiced since August 7th, when he pulled up with a sore hamstring during the team’s morning practice. McFadden sat out Oakland’s first two preseason games, with Michael Bush, Rock Cartwright and Michael Bennett splitting the carries in the backfield.
“I felt good. I felt like I was able to do everything that I’m supposed to do,” McFadden said after emerging from the Raiders’ locker room 45 minutes after practice ended. “I haven’t talked about (playing time) with the coaches. But for me, I feel like I’m full go, so I’ll hit it full go.”