McFadden '100 Percent Today' In Return

FAYETTEVILLE -- Darren McFadden scoffed at a post-practice query Wednesday regarding the Arkansas running back's health. The person asked, "Will you be 100 percent on Saturday?"

McFadden snapped back, with a stern look, "I'm 100 percent today."

Convincing enough. McFadden returned to practice Wednesday, a day after sitting out from Arkansas' workout at the request of trainer Dean Weber. Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said on Tuesday that McFadden's absence was due to a sore knee. McFadden admitted to feeling pain in his knee Tuesday. But he said he missed Tuesday's practice because of a broader issue.

"It was my knee a little bit, but it was more just trying to give my body a day to rest," McFadden said.

Nutt said his Heisman hopeful didn't look rusty at all Wednesday.

"He was running very, very well," Nutt said. "He was very, very fast today. I think when he's out here, it lifts everyone."

McFadden said he didn't want to make a habit out of missing the team's Tuesday practice.

"I like to be out there, support the team and keep them going," McFadden said.

If he keeps racking up carries like he has this season, though, that could become a possibility. His bruising running style doesn't help, either. McFadden said he doesn't care about the bumps and bruises. He doesn't care about the concussion in the Troy game. And he doesn't care about consistent head-to-head contact.

He was adamant that he wouldn't change his ways just to conserve energy or avoid injury.

"That's something I haven't really worried about or thought about," McFadden said. "I've been (running hard) for as long as I've played football, and it's what I'm going to continue to do."

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