NAPA -- Running back Darren McFadden took a pitchout from quarterback Carson Palmer, cut to his left and was met immediately by rookie linebacker Miles Burris.
Being that it was the first day of training camp, and a non-contact session, Burris dutifully recoiled, threw his hands in the air, and McFadden bounced off and continued down the field.
One day into camp, and the Raiders' most dynamic offensive player is still healthy.
A good-natured sort, McFadden politely fields all queries about his propensity for injury but has no solutions.
"If someone has an answer for it, I would love for them to tell me," McFadden said Monday.
Seven games into the 2011 season, McFadden appeared headed for 1,500-plus rushing yards and the Raiders were playoff contenders. Then came a short completion from Kyle Boller, an awkward twist, and a dreaded Lisfranc sprain of the right arch.
It never responded to treatment, and McFadden's season was over after seven games and 614 yards rushing. The Raiders staggered to the finish, going 4-5 in his absence, and missed the playoffs.
"I think we all understand that he's an explosive playmaker for us and we need him to be healthy for an entire season," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said.
That would be a first. McFadden has never played more than 13 games in any of his four seasons. Through his first two seasons after being the No. 4 overall pick of the 2008 draft, turf toe, knee and shoulder problems limited McFadden to 856 yards rushing and 3.9 yards per carry.
In 2010 and 2011, with 20 games of relatively robust health, McFadden rushed for 1,771 yards on 336 carries, averaging 5.3 yards per attempt, with 66 receptions for 661 yards. He's scored 15 touchdowns -- 11 rushing and four receiving.
The injuries haven't been connected, and some are simply bad luck. He missed a stretch of training camp last season with a broken orbital bone when his helmet was pushed into his eye in a blocking drill.
"I can't say I'm unlucky because in my mind I'm a very blessed person to even be playing in this league," McFadden said. "I just go out there and take it one day at a time. I can't control injuries. If I get hurt, I'm going to get hurt going hard ... I'm not going to go out there and play not to get hurt."
Other players who didn't practice included cornerback Ron Bartell (hamstring), punter Shane Lechler (knee) and defensive tackle Travis Ivey (conditioning).
"I was scared more than anything, but I finished practice fine," Ford said.
It was also his first practice as a Raider without his uncle Steve as the assistant line coach. The elder Wisniewski resigned last week for personal reasons.
"I definitely miss him a lot," Stefen Wisniewski said. "He's told me he's going to be around on game days and he'll be around a little bit at practice. So we'll still see him."