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September 28, 2011
McFadden practices, picks up an award

ALAMEDA - Everyone can calm down about Darren McFadden being injured.

He said he was fine on Sunday and nothing has changed since he left Sunday's win over the New York Jets with a tight groin.

"I guess me coming out at the end of the game was just a misunderstanding," McFadden said. "People got it confused or something. I feel OK. I had a good practice today, and I'm just looking forward to this weekend."

McFadden was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after running for 171 yards and two touchdowns on the Jets. It's the latest in national praise for the fourth-year running back.

Some have gone as far to call McFadden the best running back in the league, something I'm sure Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson would love to dispute (even if Johnson is off to a bad start).

"I guess two years ago I was a bust," McFadden said. "Now I'm the best running back in the league. So it's something I really don't pay attention to. I just keep going about it how I've been going, just going out there practicing hard and keep grinding. For me personally, I just keep go out there and keep grinding hard and working hard every day."

*Sebastian Janikowski was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month.
Janikowski made five of six field goals, including an NFL record-tying 63 yarder Week 1 at Denver.

Janikowksi also had a league-high 13 touchbacks on kickoffs.

*Tom Brady spoke with the local media on a conference call.
When asked again if he fumbled in the "Tuck Rule" game from the 2001 AFC Divisional playoffs, he gave an answer that will only make Raider fans angrier.

"You'll never get the right answer out of me that you're looking for so... that's the way it goes," Brady said with a laugh.

This is Brady's first time playing in Oakland since 2002. He was injured when the Patriots played in Oakland in 2008.

Brady is from nearby San Mateo and said his parents will love not having to go across the country to see him play.

"They can't wear any Patriots gear or anything," Brady said. "They'll be in disguise. They don't want to be harassed too much. There's been so many stories about the Black Hole. It's a great place to go to games. I've been to them when I was younger. It's a great environment for football."

*Richard Seymour did his best to not say anything worthy of a bulletin board about playing the Patriots and joked about doing that.

Seymour did discuss whether Brady fumbled in 2001, noting he didn't see the play live.

He does remember something he did.

"I mean, from looking at it, it was an official call; it could have went either way.," Seymour said. "It is what it is. I don't make those calls. But if you notice, if you go back and look at that game, it was a 4th and 1, or 4th and 2, the Raiders had it, but watch and see who made that tackle"

That was a big stop by Seymour.

Another Seymour note from that game was he was matched up against current Raiders assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski that game.

*The music is back at practice this week at the request of the defense.

Raiders coach Hue Jackson said the music was request by the defense to work on their communication during games.

"I guess I bought into it like a dummy," Jackson said. "They've done a good job with it. It brings a little different flavor to practice. It's been good thus far."

*Wide receiver Louis Murphy (groin), fullback Marcel Reece (ankle), linebacker Ricky Brown (concussion), cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring) and defensive end Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder) did not practice.

Wide receiver Jacoby Ford (hamstring), safety Mike Mitchell quarterback Jason Campbell (heel), cornerback Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring) and safety Michael Huff (concussion, ankle) were limited in practice.

Linebacker Quentin Groves (quad contusion), safeties Jerome Boyd (knee) and Matt Giordando (knee) and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke (knee) were full participants in practice.

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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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