Oakland Raiders star running back Darren McFadden looked good when he touched the ball on Monday night, netting 38 yards on three plays.
Problem is, those were his only three plays. It was McFadden's first game since a severe foot injury last October that ended his season prematurely short nine games, and the coaching staff wants to make sure their very talented - yet oft injured back - is at 100% for the start of the season.
Coach Dennis Allen wants to get more reps in for McFadden before the regular season opener on September 11.
"Darren needs to get his touches so that he goes into the regular season ready to go," Allen said in a conference call, "and that's the most important thing for him is to make sure he's fully ready to roll when the opening game comes off on Monday night."
The Raiders have three exhibition games left. McFadden most likely will receive more touches on Friday against the Arizona Cardinals and next week against the Detroit Lions before being shutdown for the final exhibition against the Seattle Seahawks.