Running back Darren McFadden is on track to make a successful return to the field after missing the final nine games last season with a severely sprained foot.
That’s according to running backs coach Kelly Skipper, who offered the most in depth report on McFadden’s health since the injury occurred.
“The thing about Darren is, he didn’t have any major surgeries, so he’s able to come back her healthy and he’s playing at a high level right now and it’s offseason,” Skipper said. “So, that’s a good thing. He didn’t have surgery so he’s going to be off the whole spring. Nah, that’s not the case. He’s out here. You would never know he got hurt. He’s making cuts at full speed, everything.”
Not counting the game in which he was injured, McFadden averaged 17.7 fantasy points (standard format) in six games in 2012, which ranked 4th among RBs behind Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy and Ray Rice. The big question mark with McFadden is durability. He has missed 12 games over the last two seasons as the Raiders' feature back, and with Michael Bush in Chicago, there isn't a clear handcuff for owners to draft as insurance.