Hopefully next Thanksgiving I’ll be able to express my thanks for a healthy Darren McFadden. So far Run DMC’s career has been filled with lots of talk involving that dirty if word. If McFadden can ever stay healthy then I’m sure we’ll see all kinds of franchise records falls. But that seems a longshot given the constant plight of injuries he’s dealt with in his brief career.
Seeing McFadden back on the field anytime soon looks like a longshot as well.
Hue Jackson always takes the cautious approach with injuries but with McFadden’s foot it feels like there is no other approach to take.
McFadden has had over a month of inactivity and still there appears to be no progress being made as far as his recovery is concerned. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network cites one of those famous sources in claiming the earliest the Raiders will have the services of McFadden won’t be for another two to three weeks.
Now there was never a clearly defined timetable for McFadden’s return but this is proving troublesome. To be sure the performance of the always reliable Michael Bush has helped soften the blow of losing McFadden. Still there is no substitute for an explosive playmaker like Run DMC.
This situation has got to give Oakland’s front office pause when it comes to thinking long term with McFadden and also has elevated Bush’s value. Should be an interesting offseason to say the least.
On the glass is half empty front Bush’s expanded role could prove troublesome if he continues to carry the rock 30+ times a game.
From the glass is half full standpoint it would be brilliant to get McFadden back in time for the playoffs should the Silver and Black earn another game in January.
Until then we’re all playing the waiting game. Have to wonder if we’ll ever see a full season from McFadden. For now I’ll just settle for seeing him back in time for the trip to Lambeau.