McFadden: 'If I get hurt, I just get hurt'

April 10, 2012, 1:24 am
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Apologies if this seems dated -- been in and out of it after undergoing surgery on an eye -- but perhaps you missed Raiders running back Darren McFadden breaking his long silence in an interview with SiriusXM NFL radio last week.Really, they were McFadden's first comments since he was lost for the season in Week 7 after severely spraining his right foot against Kansas City. And he acknowledged what had been perhaps the worst-kept secret in Silver and Blackdom -- the injury was worse than initially revealed and yes, it was a Lisfranc sprain.But now, more than five months after getting hurt?"Physically I'm feeling pretty good," McFadden said. "It's a long recovery from (a) Lisfranc injury. It's one of those things you have to let time ride it out. But I'm feeling pretty good right now."McFadden, who is due to make 5.63 million this season and has a salary cap number of 9.458.833 million, is obviously aware he has a reputation of being injury prone -- he's missed three, four, three and nine games, respectively, in each of his first four NFL seasons. Not that the third-highest paid running back in the game -- behind Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson, who will make 8 million apiece, per -- is going to change the way he runs the ball."Only thing I can do is go out there and go hard," he said. "If I get hurt, I just get hurt. I'm not going out there and trying to play and not worry about getting hurt. It's part of football. If you get hurt, you just get hurt."McFadden was also asked about the new regime, headed by general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen."It's a great feeling around the organization," McFadden said. "Everybody's very excited about the new coaching staff. It's like a new generation coming through for us. Everybody's very excited and we're looking forward to it."McFadden, who was off to the best start of his career, was injured the same Oct. 23, 2011 game in which quarterback Carson Palmer made his Raiders debut, alas two quarters earlier, so the two never took a snap together last season."I think he's going to do a tremendous job for us," McFadden said of Palmer. "Go out there and make plays for us and get the ball into those young receivers' hands that we have."And, of course, McFadden was asked his thoughts on Peyton Manning coming into the AFC West with the Denver Broncos. McFadden laughed at first."It is what it is," he said. "We have to prepare for every game. We can't worry about Peyton Manning being in our division. We have to go out there and play every game, one game at a time."