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Oakland Raiders' Darren McFadden is Getting Closer

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Raiders' running back Darren McFadden has ditched the boot...kind of. This comes to us via Steve Corkran:

Jackson said McFadden was out of the protective boot on his right foot when Jackson saw McFadden this morning. He added that McFadden still might be using the boot off and on.

This is far from a clean bill of health, but at least it is a sign of progress. There is still no indication of when McFadden will take the field.

This quote from Hue Jackson sheds some light on the subject, and also comes to us via Corkran:

I know we’re getting closer to getting him back out here. I know he’s working his tail off. When I saw him this morning, he looked good. Until we get closer later on in the week and we know exactly where he is, I don’t want to speculate.

Jackson doesn't want to speculate, but I have no problem doing so. Don't expect McFadden on the field against the Vikings. That is just too much progress to expect from a player. Six days seems like an unlikely timetable for someone to go from a part-time boot wearer to an NFL running back.

A realistic goal is to have McFadden on the turf when the Raiders take on the Bears in Week 12.