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McFadden and Ford Return to Practice

Running back Darren McFadden and wide receiver Jacoby Ford, who accounted for 17 touchdowns last season and have missed the bulk of training camp and both exhibition games, were back on the practice field during a noncontact session.

McFadden, who suffered a broken orbital bone in his left eye on Aug. 3, looked as if he had never been away, getting in a lot of work, exploding to the perimeter and hauling in one 45-yard pass over the shoulder from Trent Edwards against linebacker Quentin Groves.

“It wasn’t like it was holding me back as far as my legs or anything,” McFadden said of his injury. “It wasn’t like I was going to miss a step.”

Ford, recovering from a broken left hand suffered July 30, also got in some work during team sessions, although less than McFadden, and had little trouble catching the ball.

Talking after practice with a large ice bag wrapped on his left hand, Ford said, “Actually, it felt fine. Didn’t feel anything at all. That’s a good sign.”


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