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September 13, 2012
McFadden built to carry load, says Reggie Bush

ALAMEDA -- Head coach Dennis Allen has said the Raiders want to be smart about how much they use Darren McFadden in the wake of McFadden's 13-catch, 15-carry game against the Chargers. For some perspective, Dolphins running back Reggie Bush was asked Wednesday morning if he believes any back in the league can shoulder that kind of workload -- 30 targets (McFadden was thrown to 18 times) or more -- from week to week. His answer:

"I don't know. I'm not sure. I know that's a lot of carries and obviously in the old days ... that was nothing. They carried twice as much as that. But I think if anybody can, (McFadden is) the type of guy that can do it. I know he's had some nicks here and there the past few years, but he's a tough guy, and I think if anybody can do it, you look to a guy like McFadden."

Odds of the Raiders testing Bush's theory? Probably not very good. Allen showed in week one that he won't treat McFadden like he's made of crystal, but McFadden's injury history figures to give Allen pause, and he sounded intent on getting the Raiders' other backs more involved. On that note, Allen said neither Taiwan Jones nor Mike Goodson has distanced himself as a clear-cut No. 2. They combined for two carries in the opener (both by Goodson, for 13 yards).

Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin also weighed in on McFadden's busy opener:

"I'm sure it's happened before, but I don't know that I can recall one individual player ... getting targeted so many times out of the backfield. Nonetheless, very smart coaching on their part. They know the guy's a very skilled offensive player. He gets the ball in his hands and you've got to watch out. You don't know what happens when he has the ball in his hands. Smart coaching by them."

* Jones (ribs) and linebacker Rolando McClain (ankle) are back at practice today. Both were held out Wednesday. Still no sign of long snapper Jon Condo (concussion).

* Stefen Wisniewski broke the first huddle with the first-team offense for the second day in a row. Alex Parsons, listed as limited in practice yesterday (shoulder), was in with the second team.

-- Matt Kawahara

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

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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