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Raiders still uncertain about Darren McFadden's status

  • Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden is tackled by Washington Redskins defenders during their game in Oakland on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. The Redskins beat the Raiders 24-14. McFadden was injured and did not finish the game. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

ALAMEDA — Running back Darren McFadden inched closer to returning to the Oakland Raiders lineup, though he hasn't been fully cleared yet.

McFadden practiced for a third straight day and continues to make progress from the hamstring injury he suffered in late September. Raiders coach Dennis Allen sounded optimistic about the former first-round pick's chances of playing this week against Kansas City.

"I like where he's at, I feel good about where he's at," Allen said Friday. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow, but I think every day he's gotten a little bit better."

Still, McFadden's status probably won't be known for certain until Sunday. He is listed as questionable on the team's injury report and told reporters he's getting closer to having his usual burst.

"If I haven't done it, I feel like I've gotten pretty close to it," McFadden said. "I feel pretty good. I'm just looking forward to whatever the decision the coaches and trainers have to make, if we want to roll with it."

McFadden was injured early in the first half of Oakland's 24-13 loss to the Redskins on Sept. 29. He did not play in last Sunday's win over San Diego, marking a sixth straight season in which the veteran running back has missed at least one game.

Even without McFadden, the Raiders put up 104 yards on the ground against the Chargers despite losing backup Rashad Jennings to a hamstring injury.

Like McFadden, Jennings was limited in practice this week and is also questionable.

Oakland might also get right tackle Tony Pashos back after he missed one game with a groin injury.

Having all three back would be a huge plus for the Raiders heading into Sunday's game at Arrowhead Stadium against the unbeaten Chiefs.

"I feel good about them, but we'll see how they feel tomorrow and on into Sunday morning," Allen said. "I feel confident that some of those guys will be able to make it in the game."

McFadden has had some of his best success against Kansas City. Three of his 13 career 100-yard games have come against the Chiefs, including both games between the two division rivals in 2012.

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