Raiders' McFadden slowed in quest for eye shield

August 30, 2011, 11:49 pm
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Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comALAMEDA -- Darren McFadden wants to add an accessory to his gear.The Raiders running back has practiced in training camp with a tinted eye shield on his helmet but because tinted visors have been banned by the NFL, except when prescribed by a physician, McFadden is in a holding pattern."Just for comfort and safety," McFadden said Tuesday. "It helps with the glare. I haven't even asked (the league) yet, though."According to Rule 5, Section 4, Article 3 (a) : tinted eye shields may be worn only after the League office is supplied with appropriate medical documentation and approval is subsequently granted. The League office has final approval. If a tinted eye shield is approved it will be a light, medium or dark tint. All contingent on the doctors recommendation. Mirrored visors are prohibited.GUTIERREZ: From Run DMC to Limp DMC and back
McFadden has yet to play in an exhibition game after suffering a fractured lower left eye orbital in a blitz pickup drill on Aug. 3. He did, however, dress for warm-ups Sunday at the Coliseum against New Orleans, but re-emerged from the locker room in sweats for the game.He is coming off a renaissance season in which he rushed for 1,157 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry, and caught 47 passes for 507 yards. In 13 games, he scored 10 touchdowns.