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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
McFadden returns to practice for Raiders

By Paul Gutierrez

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oft-injured running back Darren McFadden, who has missed the past two games with a sprained ankle and four of the previous eight with a strained hamstring, was practicing for the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday.

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McFadden could give the offense a lift as the Raiders (4-10) prepare for their final two games of the season, beginning this weekend at the San Diego Chargers (7-7).

Still, McFadden has missed 19 of Oakland’s previous 39 games, 29 games in his six-year career and has never played in more than 13 games because of toe, knee, hamstring, toe, foot, ankle, hamstring and ankle injuries.

He has a salary-cap number of more than $9.6 million this season and is making more than $5.8 million. He will be an unrestricted free agent.

McFadden, who has appeared in eight games, has rushed for 365 yards with a 3.5 yards-per-carry average, just ahead of last year’s career-low 3.3-yard average.

There was no sign, though, of concussed defensive lineman Vance Walker, who missed Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Also, the Raiders signed three players to their practice squad: cornerback Johnny Adams, safety Kyle McCarthy and defensive end Sam Montgomery.