What do you know? Darren McFadden is injured yet again, and not a single soul is surprised.
After getting off to a strong start in 2013, McFadden pulled his hamstring in the Oakland Raiders’ Week 4 loss to the Washington Redskins. He left the game in the first quarter, was seen along the sideline trying to rub out the kink, but never returned to the game.
The team hasn’t commented on his status or set a timetable for his return, with head coach Dennis Allen simply saying that it was “too early to speculate” on how long McFadden would be out. While the injury didn’t appear serious at first, it could end up costing the Raiders’ top runner more time than originally expected.
According to Jerry McDonald of the Contra Coast Times, the Raiders could choose to keep McFadden shelved for at least a few more weeks.
“Given McFadden’s injury history, the Raiders could be considering sitting McFadden against San Diego Sunday night and Kansas City on Oct. 13 with the bye week coming in Week 7,” McDonald said. “That would give McFadden until Oct. 27 against Pittsburgh to return.”
Despite this being only his sixth season in the NFL, McFadden is known as one of the most injury-prone players in the league. On top of his laundry list of health issues, he is typically slow to recover, so the Raiders would be wise to err on the side of caution and keep him sidelined until they’re sure he’s back at 100 percent.
Especially with fullback Marcel Reece nursing a knee injury, Rashad Jennings will get the bulk of the running back touches moving forward. He’ll team with Terrelle Pryor – returning after missing last week with a concussion – as the Raiders attempt to maintain their standing as one of the best ground games in the league.
Already the owners of a poor 1-3 record, the Raiders desperately need as many weapons available as possible if they’re going to stay competitive this season. With McFadden potentially out for a considerable amount of time, it’s not going to get any easier for the silver and black.
We’ll see what the Raiders have to say when an update finally comes, but for now, there’s a good chance that McFadden could miss a couple games before he comes off the shelf.