Surprise, surprise. Darren McFadden is hurt yet again.
On Sunday afternoon, the Oakland Raiders saw an all-too-familiar sight as their starting running back limped off the field with a hamstring injury.
After sustaining the injury early in the second quarter, McFadden went to the locker room and was ruled out during halftime. McFadden already missed the Raiders’ Week 5 showdown due to a hamstring injury, and early indications are that he’ll miss at least one more game due to this latest setback.
Speaking after the Raiders’ blowout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, McFadden told the media the injury occurred in the same spot that the initial injury.
It’s never a good sign when players are ruled out immediately with hamstring injuries, and aggravations always take longer to heal than the initial injury. Seeing as the first hamstring issue cost him a game, there’s little reason to believe he’ll be back for the Raiders’ Week 10 matchup with the New York Giants.
If that’s the case, the Raiders will be forced to go with Rashad Jennings as their starting running back. So far this season, the offseason free agent acquisition has picked up 242 rushing yards and one touchdown on 51 carries while also hauling in 19 passes for 171 yards. While not as explosive as McFadden, he’s proven to be a capable fill-in.
Either way, don’t expect McFadden to be available in Week 10 for the silver and black. He’s become a mainstay on the injury report, though, so the Raiders shouldn’t be too shocked at this latest setback. Jennings played well on Sunday, so at least Oakland has a capable fallback plan.
The injury-prone McFadden could again be headed for the shelf, and no one is the least bit surprised.