In case you’re still not knowing these Raiders aren’t those Raiders. Go ask Rex Ryan about that. As if Darren McFadden’s NFL best 393 rushing yards through 3 games aren’t enough to validate the corner finally being turned, then consider the following news further proof.
Raider Nation never doubted Run DMC was capable of doing what he’s done so far this season and for most of last year as well. The only real concern was his durability. Injuries put a serious damper on McFadden’s first two years in the NFL and robbed him of a couple games last year too.
As mentioned previously, this McFadden ain’t that McFadden.
After a career game against the Jets the immediate concern was McFadden’s groin which kept him from possibly eclipsing the 200-yard barrier on Sunday. Hue Jackson announced the “injury” after the game and then quickly shed some light on the matter today.
When asked today about what he mentioned yesterday, Jackson downplayed McFadden’s groin concerns and CSNBayArea got the lowdown.
“I think he’ll be fine, I really do. I think it tightened up on him more so than anything. I’m going to be very cautious with him to make sure he’s O.K.. But I think he’ll be fine.”
And if you think Coach Jackson is just playing the injury propaganda card then why not get it from the man himself. McFadden seemed surprised that anyone assumed he was hurt.
“It wasn’t strained. It was just getting tight. I felt like we (did) a pretty good job running. We have another great running back in Michael Bush. You know, there wasn’t any point to try to go out there and try to stress it anymore.”
So if you’re paying attention out there the Northeast then know that you’ve been warned. What happened to the Jets can also happen to the Pats and anybody else that’s still going Rip Van Winkle on Run DMC.
Sunday’s clash with New England will be yet another measuring stick for one of the NFL’s most fascinating teams. Knowing Coach Jackson he’ll have his team ready to play. Even better is that he will have a healthy Darren McFadden ready to roll.