Allen on McFadden: 'I like where he's at'
In four games this year, Darren McFadden is averaging 4.1 yards per carry. (USATSI)
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ALAMEDA -- Raiders running back Darren McFadden toed the company line after Friday’s practice, with all the ambiguity typical of a questionable designation on the team’s injury report.
McFadden was limited in each practice heading up to Sunday’s game at Kansas City, seemingly recovered from a hamstring strain that sidelined him the week before.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he was encouraged by McFadden’s progress, but he wouldn’t commit either way. McFadden followed suit, and stayed right on the fence.
“I feel pretty good,” McFadden said. We’re just going to try to make that decision whenever it comes time to make a decision. Whatever the coaches and the trainers feel like is best for me.”
Hamstring strains impact a back’s ability to burst and quickly reach maximum speed. McFadden says he hasn’t run like he would in a game.
All right Darren, if could you play if the Chiefs game was today?
“I feel good,” McFadden said. “If the game was today I would do my best to get out there and play.”
Let’s not forget that McFadden said last week, extended rest through the bye might be the best thing. His limited participation in practice suggested an improved lot.
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“I like where he’s at,” Allen said. “I feel good about where he’s at. Again, we’ll see how he feels tomorrow, but I think every day he’s gotten a little bit better.”
The Raiders need McFadden to play. It would take pressure off quarterback Terrelle Pryor and allow the team to focus energy on a Chiefs defense that allows 115 yards per game. McFadden has feasted on Chiefs in recently with 224 rushing yards over his last two games.
“Those stats don’t really mean a thing as far as us going down there and winning,” McFadden said. “You have to go out there and play football and be ready to play come Sunday.”
Raiders Status Report
SS Tyvon Branch (ankle), OL Menelik Watson (calf), C Stefen Wisniewski (knee)
RB Darren McFadden (hamstring), RB Rashad Jennings (hamstring), OLB Kaluka Maiava (groin), DT Stacy McGee (shoulder), RT Tony Pashos (groin)
FB Marcel Reece (knee)
Chiefs Status Report
TE Travis Kelcie (knee)
TE Anthony Fasano (ankle/knee)
S Kendrick Lewis (ankle), CB Brandon Flowers (knee)
RB Jamaal Charles (toe), OLB Justin Houston (concussion), WR Donnie Avery (shoulder), P Justin Colquitt (knee), G Jeff Allen (groin), RT Eric Fisher (concussion), TE Sean McGrath (knee), OL Geoff Schwartz (triceps), FB Anthony Sherman (knee), LB Dezman Moses (toe)