The Raiders will host their first Thursday home game since 1979 against the Broncos this week, and they’re hoping their star running back will be back on the field for the occasion.
Darren McFadden suffered a high-ankle sprain on Nov. 4 in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the star back is awaiting clearance from the team’s medical staff to return against the Broncos after missing the last four games.
“As long as they say I’m good to go, I’m going to sign off on it,” McFadden told the Oakland Tribune after practice on Tuesday.
Based on that practice, Raiders running backs coach Kelly Skipper thinks his guy will be set to play.
“You could see him cutting, you could see him bursting off the foot,” Skipper told the paper. “You wouldn’t have noticed today that he had been injured.”
The Broncos (9-3) held McFadden in check in their first game against the Raiders (3-9) this season, allowing him to rush for only 34 yards on 13 carries, but McFadden has had plenty of success against the Broncos in the past.
While the Broncos have won seven-straight games, the Raiders are trending in the opposite direction losing five in a row, which is their longest losing streak since the 2007 season.