NAPA -- Time will tell if the Raiders are any better, but they got a lot faster Monday.

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."

Said Raiders coach Hue Jackson: "They were fast. One could run real good, the other one catches real well. It makes you smile, because those are two guys we depend on. They will be ready when the time comes."

Whether McFadden plays in an exhibition game remains to be seen, as Jackson might be reluctant to expose his most valuable offensive player to further injury.

"I might just keep the cellophane wrap on him and let him out at another time," Jackson said.

  • Also practicing for the first time after being activated off the physically unable to perform list was defensive end Trevor Scott, out since last November with a torn ACL.

    "I'm feeling pretty good with where I am right now," Scott said. "As I get more reps in practice, I'll see how I really feel. My knee feels great."

  • Quarterback Jason Campbell was held out of practice two days after taking a knee to the head against the 49ers. Jackson said it was precautionary. Kyle Boller and Edwards took all the work during team sessions.

  • Running back Taiwan Jones got a few carries during the team session and looked explosive.

  • Guard Daniel Loper and cornerback Walter McFadden became fathers over the weekend and missed practice.

  • Safety Mike Mitchell is on crutches with an undisclosed injury, apparently a ways away from being able to practice.