Sep 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) is tackled by Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather (31) during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders RB McFadden looking 'explosive'


Oakland Raiders’ running back Darren McFadden has been hobbled by a hamstring injury the last month or so, but it appears he is finally back to full health after their bye week.

According to a report from CSNBayArea.com’s Scott Bair, head coach Dennis Allen believes McFadden should be ready to go this Sunday against Pittsburgh.

“I don’t think anyone is 100 percent at this point in this time of the year,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said, “but he looks explosive.”

McFadden has rushed for just 267 yards on 69 carries including a 52 yard performance against Kansas City on October 13th.  He caught 3 passes for 31 yards in that game, making it an all-around decent performance – especially for a guy with a bum leg.

The oft injured running back ranks second on the team in rushing yards behind quarterback Terrell Pryor who has rushed 44 times for 285 yards on the season.

McFadden really hasn’t been himself since a 19 carry, 129 yard game against Jacksonville in mid-September.  He injured the leg the following week against the Denver Broncos, and has ran for just 90 yards since.

With Oakland entering a crucial part of their schedule with winnable games against Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, Houston and Tennessee, they will need the once 1000-yard rusher to be at his peak and take a little pressure off of Pryor.

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