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Will McFadden play Sunday against the Browns?

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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?

Raiders QB Derek Carr channels inner pop star in mock music video ad

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Raiders QB Derek Carr channels inner pop star in mock music video ad

ALAMEDA – Derek Carr is trying to moonlight as a pop star. That’s what a guerilla marketing campaign by a San Joaquin Valley credit union would have you believe.

They released billboards and short video teasers of the Raiders quarterback prepping to shoot a music video this summer, and the full video/commercial spot was released on Monday.

It’s well, something else. Clearly meant to be self deprecating, Carr is pumping up Educational Employees Credit Union and their great rates in the mock music video, where Carr is given a certain boy-band vibe. Take a look: 

Derek’s brother David shows up later in the ad, clearly upset at being outshined by little bro.

It’s the latest in an annual series of ads with the Carr brothers.

“It literally took us a couple of hours. That’s it,” Derek Carr said. "All of the takes were because I kept laughing. I couldn’t even take myself serious because they had the TV prompter so I could see it, and I couldn’t even take myself serious. But it was good. It was fun because every commercial we do with them, all we want to do is, the end goal is we want people to laugh. And if they laugh at me for it, that’s good, that’s what we want. I laughed at myself, so it’s all good with me.”

That begged a hard-hitting, journalist follow-up question. So, Derek, did you keep the jacket?

“I didn’t keep it, no. Gosh, no,” Carr said. "As soon as I walked in and we had our little dressing rooms, me and my brother looked at that jacket and I was like, ‘I really hope that’s not the one.’ And sure enough it was. But that’s alright. We have a good relationship with them and it was a lot of fun.”

Ex-Raider Terrelle Pryor: My dominant season starts this week vs Oakland

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Ex-Raider Terrelle Pryor: My dominant season starts this week vs Oakland

In his first full season as a wide receiver last year, Terrelle Pryor caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards for the Browns.

After signing a one-year, $6 million contract with Washington in the offseason, the former Raiders quarterback was expected to put up big numbers with Kirk Cousins throwing him the ball.

But through two games, Pryor has caught just eight passes for 97 yards.

He's not worried though. In fact, he's proclaiming that he will begin his return to form this weekend against his first team.

"I am going to have a dominant season and it starts this week against Oakland," Pryor told The Athletic on Wednesday.

Kickoff between the Raiders and Washington is set for 5:30pm PT Sunday on NBC.