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."

Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

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Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.

Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.

The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.

The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.

The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.

He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.

He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.

The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Derek Carr and Todd Downing are tight. A strong friendship was forged between the Raiders’ franchise quarterback and his position coach these past two seasons, one that should help the Raiders now that Downing will call plays.

The Raiders new offensive coordinator will use his young signal caller as a resource formulating a game plan. Carr has a bright offensive mind – he called his own plays in high school and in college at times – and Downing plans to use it to put his quarterback in positions to succeed.

Carr’s influence in preparation will expand over previous seasons under coordinator Bill Musgrave.

“Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans,” Downing said Wednesday in a conference call. “Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like. I think my relationship with him is something that’s going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.”

Carr has always had freedom to adjust at the line of scrimmage, but that could increase with Downing in charge. Derek Carr’s brother Davis Carr told 95.7 The Game as much a few weeks ago, a topic Downing addressed on Wednesday.

“There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage,” Downing said. “There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that. That’s not something I feel we’ll even have to get into until we’re much further into this offseason and into training camp.”

Downing had opportunities to interview with other teams this offseason, but head coach Jack Del Rio wanted to pair Downing and Carr together. The young duo have similar personalities and a strong working relationship based on a love of the game.

“My relationship with Derek starts there,” Downing said in Wednesday interview on 95.7-FM. “We both love coming to work each day and respect the heck out of each other. When you have that kind of relationship with any coach, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Derek’s the leader of our franchise. In my opinion, he’s the best young quarterback in football. We’re fortunate to have him. Why wouldn’t I be in a good mood every time I am around him?”

Carr made great progress working with Downing the past two years, and was an MVP candidate in 2016. Downing sees continued room for growth and refinement as next season approaches.

“I think Derek made big strides in 2016, just in terms of his command of the offense, being the field general, being able to get through progressions more efficiently,” Downing said. “His footwork took big strides. I certainly want him to remain focused on all of those attributes. You don’t want to feel like you’ve arrived in a certain area of your game and then have it go backwards when the next season starts. Certainly, I want him focused on all of those.”