Jose Carlos Fajardo Contra Costa Times Darren McFadden weaves through Cowboys in Monday's preseason opener in Oakland. A foot injury sidelined him last season.

Raiders notes: McFadden impressive in limited action

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 7C

Things went as planned Monday night for the Raiders in regard to running back Darren McFadden.

McFadden, who hadn't played in a game since Oct. 23 because of a foot injury, carried the ball a few times in the team's preseason opener against Dallas, got hit and left the game before anything disastrous could happen.

In a conference call Tuesday afternoon, coach Dennis Allen said he would wait to see how McFadden responds this week in practice before determining how to use him when the Raiders play at Arizona on Friday. Allen, however, made it sound like McFadden can expect more work.

"Darren needs to get his touches so that he goes into the regular season ready to go," Allen said. "And that's the most important thing for him, is to make sure that he's fully ready to roll when the opening game comes off on (Sept. 10)."

McFadden gained 38 yards on two carries and a reception in the Raiders' 3-0 loss to the Cowboys – a four-yard run, a screen pass from quarterback Carson Palmer that he turned upfield for 18 yards and a 16-yard carry up the middle.

After he left the game, the Raiders' offense sputtered. Allen said game film didn't reveal much that he hadn't already known. Aside from McFadden and some encouraging signs from the first-team defense, there were few bright spots.

"I think from a special-teams standpoint we had a couple tackles inside the 20-yard line, we muffed a punt, two punts, actually, and then we didn't have good operations on our field-goal attempts," Allen said.

"Offensively, I think the dropped passes were obviously a big issue. And then I thought our tempo in and out of the huddle in the second half wasn't where it needed to be. Those were probably the biggest negatives looking back at the game."

When he was asked about Palmer's interception to end the Raiders' first drive, Allen said that he supported his quarterback's decision to throw into coverage but would have liked to see Jacoby Ford make more of a play on the ball that was picked off by Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh.

"It was a middle-of-the-field safety, so it wasn't a double-coverage situation," Allen said. "It's a thing you coach a quarterback to do is to take a shot when you get those situations.

"I think Jacoby could have been a little bit better at the end of the route there just trying to break that thing up. But overall you're going to take that shot and want to be aggressive there."

Et cetera – Allen declined to go into specifics about center Stefen Wisniewski's calf injury, saying the Raiders will "be monitoring that as we go along day-to-day." Wisniewski left Monday night's game after one series.

• Rookie defensive end Jack Crawford, who is listed as backup to Lamarr Houston on the Raiders' depth chart, dressed for the game but was held out because of a sore foot and is also day-to-day.

• Running back Mike Goodson "will probably" return to practice today, Allen said. Goodson has not practiced since Aug. 7 with neck soreness stemming from a practice-field collision with linebacker Philip Wheeler.

"I think if he's able to practice this week we'll get him in the game (against Arizona) and let him play," Allen said.

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