Darren McFadden injury: Would Raiders RB play at less than 100 percent?

Jed Jacobsohn

It looks like the Raiders running back might be eased into the field on Sunday.

The Oakland Raiders still aren't sure whether or not running back Darren McFadden will play on Sunday, but he might not need to feel 100 percent to get back out on the field, CSN Bay Area reports.

Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp acknowledged that McFadden's ankle isn't at 100 percent yet, and coach Dennis Allen said that the running back will be a game-time decision.

McFadden has missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain and just started practicing again earlier this week on Wednesday. The Raiders have lost all three games he has missed and are currently mired in a four-game losing streak.

"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."

McFadden is having one of the worst years of his career, rushing just 455 yards on 139 carries for 3.3 yards per carry. Last year, through seven games before a foot injury cut short his 2011 season, McFadden was averaging 5.4 yards a carry.

Whatever boost he brings to the team will be welcome. The Raiders are ranked 29th in the league in rushing yards, averaging just 82.6 yards a game.

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