McFadden re-injured in Raiders' loss to Broncos

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McFadden re-injured in Raiders' loss to Broncos

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OAKLAND -- Darren McFadden re-injured his sprained right ankle late in the Raiders' 26-13 loss to Denver Thursday night.

The oft-injured running back did not finish the game.

McFadden, who has never played more than 13 games in an NFL season, missed the previous four games with the high ankle sprain he suffered against Tampa Bay on Nov. 4. This after missing the last nine games of the 2011 season with a Lisfranc sprain of his right foot.

Against the Broncos on prime time, McFadden dropped the first ball he touched, a pass across the middle from Carson Palmer and was essentially a non-factor for the game, rushing for 52 yards on 11 carries, though one rush was for 36 yards in the third quarter.

McFadden did, though, have a six-yard catch-and-run touchdown to culminate that same drive on a beautifully-executed pump-fake and screen to the left.

For the season, McFadden is averaging a career-low 5.4 yards per carry, rushing for 507 yards on 150 attempts.

"Coming off a short week, it's hard," McFadden said. "I feel like we prepared well and we went out there and we tried to execute, but we just came out on the short end."

Cornerback Michael Huff also did not finish the game, due to an injury to his right wrist. Safeties Mike Mitchell (neck), Tyvon Branch (left ankle) and Matt Giordano (undisclosed) all left the game at one time, only to return and finish.

"We just got off the field so I don't really know exactly where it is," coach Dennis Allen said of McFadden's injury. "I just know he wasn't able to finish the game. (I'm more) concerned…with the injuries in the secondary."

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.

Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.

That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.

“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.

“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”

The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.

Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.

On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.

The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.

The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.

There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.

These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.