ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders just might be getting a familiar (and fresh?) set of legs back in time for their final two games of the season.
Oft-injured running back Darren McFadden, who has missed five of the Raiders’ past six games, is expected to practice Wednesday, coach Dennis Allen said in his weekly news conference on Monday.
McFadden, who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, has appeared in eight games and rushed for 365 yards on a 3.5 yards-per-carry average, just ahead of last year’s career-low 3.3 average.
He has missed 19 of the Raiders’ last 39 games, has never appeared in more than 13 games in a season and has missed a total of 29 games in his six-year career due to toe, knee, hamstring, toe, foot, ankle, hamstring and ankle injuries.
Allen acknowledged last week that placing McFadden, who is making more than $5.8 million this season and has a salary cap number of more than $9.6 million, on season-ending Injured Reserve was a possibility.
McFadden was slowed by a hamstring issue earlier in the season and injured an ankle at the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day and has not practiced since. And yes, he heard the criticism from the fans before his latest injury.
“I’ve dealt with so much criticism for so long I’ve always just, you just have to turn your face to it,” he said the week of the Dallas game. “You can’t pay attention to it. You have to stay positive and focus on the task at hand.”