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Darren McFadden injury: Raiders back returns to practice on Wednesday

Running back Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson returned to practice for the Oakland Raiders.

Cary Emondson-US PRESSWIRE

The Oakland Raiders' talent and depth at running back each received a lift on Wednesday with starter Darren McFadden and backup Mike Goodson returning to practice, according to

The duo had sat out with high ankle sprains over the past three weeks after each injuring themselves on Nov. 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Though McFadden put up 455 yards this year, he was only averaging 3.3 yards per carry. Also through the first eight games of the year, Goodson piled up 111 yards on 17 attempts this season in a backup role.

Now the query for head coach Dennis Allen is how to split up the carries. Fullback Marcel Reece played the last three games as a tailback and was productive, rushing for 225 yards with a 4.7 average all while being a threat as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. He has 447 receiving yards this year.

Defensive Richard Seymour tackle did not participate in practice on Wednesday. He has also sat out the past three games while suffering with a knee and hamstring problem.