The Oakland Raiders got their preparation started for the San Diego Chargers this week. Injuries are a huge part of success and failure in the NFL and Oakland has had their fair share this season. This week, the Raiders were without safety Charles Woodson, but got running back Darren McFadden back on a limited basis at Wednesday's practice
McFadden's extensive injury history is a sore spot for the Raiders and their fans. He has never played a full NFL season and this year is no different. He has battle ankle and hamstring injuries throughout the year. He has missed six games and is on his way out the door because of his unrestricted free agent status at the end of 2013. If he can get back for the last two games, he would have to make an amazing impression to even be considered a part of the future. Even that may not be enough because of his inability to stay healthy.
“He did pretty much everything,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said of McFadden on Wednesday. “He’s a little limited, but really looked pretty good.”
Charles Woodson is doing his farewell tour back in Oakland for a second time. He made his name as a member of the Raiders and has helped the team this season. He has played in every game accumulating 79 tackles, one sack, one interception, and three forced fumbles. He suffered a ribs injury last week against Kansas City and was unable to participate in Wednesday's practice.
“I think he’s done everything that we’ve asked of him to do and he’s continuing to try to work to get things corrected,” Allen said of Woodson. “He’s been a great asset to our organization.”
The rest of the Raiders injury report is as follows: defensive tackle Vance Walker, linebacker Miles Burris, and running back Jeremy Stewart did not practice. The Raiders take on the San Diego Chargers Sunday in an AFC West grudge match, looking to sweep the seasons series.
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