Will McFadden play Sunday against the Browns?


Will McFadden play Sunday against the Browns?

ALAMEDA -- Darren McFadden was not having the best of seasons when he went down on Nov. 4 with a right high ankle sprain, averaging a career-low 3.3 yards per carry.And while he just started practicing again Wednesday for the first time since going down, McFadden was noncommittal about playing this weekend against Cleveland."I'm just working hard," McFadden said. "Whatever happens when Sunday gets here, I'm going to roll with it."The only thing I can do is go out there and play football. I don't know how it's going to be. I'm just going to go out there and do what I do every down and play ball."A year ago, when the Raiders ran a power-blocking scheme, McFadden looked like a league MVP candidate and he was leading the NFL in rushing when he was lost for the season in game seven with a Lisfranc injury to the right foot.He did not require surgery, though, and rehabbed accordingly coming into this season. But behind the returning zone-blocking scheme, McFadden struggled. Mightily.Then came the sprained ankle against Tampa Bay. Then practice this week.RELATED: McFadden returns to practice
"First of all, his energy on the field has been a positive," Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said of McFadden's return. "Sometimes if a guy comes off an injury and is still struggling a little bit, he's quiet and doesn't show much. But his energy has been great on the field and his attitude."He's been into the meetings. I do little pop-quizzes quite often in the meetings, and he's done a great job with that this week. He's shown us that he's, mentally, getting his mind to the spot of playing."But is his acclaimed burst up to snuff?"It's good, but not 100 percent yet," Knapp said. "He's definitely shown improvement from what was being displayed in front of the trainers for the past couple of weeks, which I didn't see as much. I did see improvement in Day One to Day Two, as far as progress for him."McFadden said he's just been "easing" back into the routine."I think there's still a little work I have to do," he said. "But for the most part, I'm getting back to being me."The "me" from last year, or the "me" of this season's first seven games?

Broncos RB Anderson undergoing knee surgery


Broncos RB Anderson undergoing knee surgery

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday and that the extent of the damage will determine how long he's out.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't addressed specifics of Anderson's knee injury while awaiting medical reports.

Earlier Thursday, Anderson disputed a report that he had told people close to him that he was done for the season.

Anderson was injured on an 11-yard run Monday night against Houston but returned to the game and ran 14 more times for 84 yards and a TD, finishing with 107 yards in his best performance of the season.

Injury report: Taiwan Jones returns to Raiders practice

Injury report: Taiwan Jones returns to Raiders practice

SARASOTA, Fla. – Raiders special teams standout Taiwan Jones watched Wednesday’s practice from the bleachers. On Thursday, he got back on the field.

Jones was limited in a practice conducted at the IMG Academy, a sign that he’s close to full health after missing a game with a knee injury.

The Raiders were without their best cover men in Jacksonville, with Jones and Brynden Trawick sidelined with injury. It’s possible that both are back to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Trawick has been limited in practice this week. So were rehabbing offensive linemen Menelik Watson (calf) and Vadal Alexander (ankle). The Raiders hope to have one or both of them available in Tampa Bay. Austin Howard has started the last two games at right tackle.

The Raiders brought Mario Edwards Jr. out to Florida, though he hasn’t been formally cleared to practice.

Tampa Bay is still working without running back Doug Martin, who has been sidelined with a hamstring strain.

Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
DT Stacy McGee (knee)
Limited participation: RB Taiwan Jones (knee), Vadal Alexander (ankle), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder) OT Menelik Watson (calf), WR Andre Holmes (hip)

Buccaneers participation report
Did not practice:
RB Doug Martin (hamstring)
Limited participation: DE Robert Ayers (ankle), C Joe Hawley (ankle), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), DL Gerald McCoy (calf)