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March 12, 2009
McFadden is rested and ready for the offseason program

ALAMEDA - Raiders running back Darren McFadden was all smiles today while promoting the Fuel Up Like A Pro initiative to get children active and healthy.

Today was the "Milk Rally" to get the youngsters to drink milk, because as McFadden pointed out it helps "build strong bones."

So I had a question that I'm sure most Raider fans want to know:

Does milk help with turf toe?

"I can't say that it do," McFadden said before breaking out into laughter.

McFadden's rookie season was bogged down by turf toe on each foot. Then came arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in mid January in Fayetteville, Ark.

McFadden showed his feet and shoulder is feeling better as he walked to the rally. Because every football player wants to really play basketball (at least it seems that way) McFadden took a fake jump shot in the hall and landed (in his dress shoes) with a smile.

McFadden had plenty of time to rest and visit with his family this offseason because of the injuries. But he'll be ready to go when the Raiders report for organized team activities on Monday.

"I like to be out there working out year round," McFadden said. "But with having to rest my feet and then rest my shoulder, (being inactive), it's just something that comes along with it."

One thing McFadden cleared up was his reason for having surgery in his home state.

There were rumors that McFadden didn't trust Raider team doctors, who allegedly misdiagnosed his shoulder injury.

"I was never diagnosed here for my shoulder, period," McFadden said. "When I went home (I was) getting everything checked out. It was something I was always feeling there, I just went in to get it checked out."

For more information on the Fuel Up Like a Pro initiative click here.

--Jason Jones

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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