ALAMEDA -- Darren McFadden returned to practice for the first time Wednesday since suffering a right high ankle sprain Nov. 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and could be available to face the Cleveland Browns.
Also on the field was backup running back Mike Goodson, who had the same injury and like McFadden missed the past three games -- all of which the Raiders lost.
Both players were limited, and while it's not known if either will play, or how much, coach Dennis Allen said fullback Marcel Reece has staked his claim to some more carries.
While both backs were out, Reece carried 48 times for 225 yards in three games, averaging 4.7 yards per carry.
"Marcel has earned the right to carry the ball some,'' Allen said. "We'll use him in that capacity.''
Reece also has 41 receptions for 447 yards and leads the Raiders with 672 yards from scrimmage.
"We need to give him the ball all the time the way he makes plays,'' Goodson said.
Quarterback Carson Palmer said that upon McFadden's return, having established Reece as a legitimate running threat will be beneficial.
"It gives us another dimension,'' Palmer said. "The way he's run, you don't expect a fullback to come in and be the starting tailback and be as good as he's been.''
Allen first broached the possibility at his Monday media briefing, which is how Pryor got the news.
"I haven't talked to him about it yet,'' Pryor said. "I heard about it, but I haven't heard it personally, firsthand.''
It didn't matter since Jacksonville, with a 2-9 record, had priority over the Raiders and received the claim. Babin is due $1.6 million for the remainder of the season.