ALAMEDA -- Darren McFadden re-aggravated his sprained right ankle in the Raiders' 26-13 loss to Denver Thursday night, his first game since suffering the high ankle sprain on Nov. 4.
And with his injury history -- he has never played more than 13 games in a season and missed the final nine games last year with a Lisfranc sprain to the right foot -- you cannot blame fans for thinking they've seen the last of McFadden in 2012.
But coach Dennis Allen said McFadden "was moving around fine" on Friday.
"I didn't feel like it was going to be any issue," Allen added.
"Darren, today, seemed like he was going to be O.K. He was walking around fine, didn't have a lot of pain so, I don't think it's an injury that's going to keep him out any time."
McFadden rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries, though 36 yards came on one run down the right sideline. He also had a six-yard TD catch.
Also, cornerback Michael Huff had X-rays taken of his injured right wrist and Allen said they came back negative, though he was awaiting the results of an MRI.
"I don't think it's a major issue but we'll kind of have to wait and see," Allen said.
Huff was targeted early and often by Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Huff was eventually replaced by Phillip Adams, who made a diving interception of Manning in the end zone.
The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.
They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.
Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.
“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”
While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.
The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.
“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.
"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”
Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.
Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.
Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.
“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”
Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.
“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”