The Oakland Raiders went down 3-0 to the Dallas Cowboys in their opening pre-season game of the new campaign, in a game which saw Darren McFadden make a return to action following injury.
The running back was sidelined with a foot injury last year, missing a large chunk of the Raiders season. The 24-year old’s absence from the team was obvious throughout the season, and his return to the starting line-up will give the whole squad a boost as they look to defy NFL betting odds when the new season gets underway.
McFadden wasted little time in getting amongst the action on his return, gaining 38 yards from Oakland’s first three plays before being withdrawn from the action soon after a Carson Palmer interception ended the play. Head coach Dennis Allen was in no rush to risk McFadden picking up another knock on his first competitive appearance since Week 7 of last season.
The Raiders boss was pleased with what he had seen from his returning running back, making it clear McFadden’s powerful running would be a massive asset to the team this season.
“He was able to make some explosive gains,” head coach Allen told Football news networks.
“That’s what we anticipate out of him. He’s an explosive playmaker. We have to find ways to get him the ball and give him an opportunity to be explosive for us. It was good for him to have got back into the action before the regular season starts.”
While McFadden’s return to action will have been a major plus for the Raiders management, the error-strewn performance from Oakland against an equally unimpressive Dallas side will be something that Allan and his staff will be eager to amend before the opening game of the regular season.