Oakland Raiders: High ankle sprains for Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson

By Jeremy Hayes
Darren McFadden

The Oakland Raiders have been one of the worst teams in the running game this season. Now, both of the Raiders’ top running backs, Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, have suffered high ankle sprains.

Both McFadden and Goodson left the game yesterday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with leg injuries, and reports today say that they both suffered the same injury. How bad the injuries are is still in question. Coach Dennis Allen says he is not ruling either running back out for next week.

Well, here is some knowledge on what a high ankles sprain is, it is a stretch or tear of a ligament that joins together the two bones in the upper ankle. The cause for concern is that a high ankle injury actually takes a longer time to heal than a lower ankle injury, and some injuries like this require a cast for the person injured. Depending on the severity of the sprain, both players could be feeling the pain for over a month of the season.

Even if McFadden and Goodson play, they might not be 100-percent for a while. Now this brings up the question of risking further injury if the Raiders decide to play both of them.

The Raiders are 30th in rushing yards per game, and only have a total of three touchdowns (two of which were scored by the injured McFadden) at the half-way point this season.

The Raiders are now dealing with a huge setback that can easily keep them from having any shot at the playoffs.


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