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Raiders' McFadden Faces Steelers and His Brother

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    PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 6: Santonio Holmes #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers weaves his way past Tyvon Branch #33 and Stanford Routt #26 of the Oakland Raiders after catching a pass in the fourth quarter during the game on December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

    When the Oakland Raiders play the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday at 10 a.m. PST, there ought to be name tags. There will be three McFaddens bouncing around on the field of play.

    Raiders running back Darren McFadden is the one who leads the NFL in yards-per-game rushing average, with 108.1.

    Raiders backup cornerback Walter McFadden plays primarily on special teams. He's credited with one half of a tackle on defense so far this season.

    And Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden is Raiders cornerback Walter McFadden's older brother. Bryant McFadden has been in the league six years, and No. 20 is a staple on the Steelers' celebrated defense.

    There is a possibility the two will play one another on the same play. Both play on punt and kick return formations.

    The younger Walter McFadden is excited at the possibility. "I already told (Raiders special teams) coach (John Fassel) that if 20 is on that side, I don't care, I'm sorry, if I'm on the right, I'm switching with whomever," Walter McFadden told the Oakland Tribune.

    Translation? The guy wants to kick his brother's ass!

    Do not hold it against Walter McFadden that he does not see many reps in games on defense. He backs up Nnamdi Asomugha, who will return to action Sunday.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who doesn't envy the Raiders for having to go through airport scanners en route to Pittsburgh.