Raiders running back Darren McFadden is officially listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report and will miss the AFC West battle at the O.co between Oakland and the Chargers. But the biggest news were the comments he had to say about his injury status.
“Hamstrings are one of those things you want to be careful with,” McFadden said after Friday’s practice. “I’d rather miss one or two games than to come back and pop it and miss four or five.”
One or two games would mean that McFadden will miss two of the biggest games on the Raiders 2013 schedule, a home game this Sunday night against San Diego and a trip to Arrowhead to take on the Kansas City Chiefs the following week. They also bring into question McFadden’s future with the team as his durability is obviously not where it needs to be for a first string running back.
McFadden noted to CSNBayArea’s Scott Bair that the hamstring tightness effects his explosiveness and hopes that a rest period will allow him to get back to where he needs to be.
“I think it’s going to help me out a whole lot,” McFadden said. “But at the same time we’re just taking it day-to-day right now.”
Dennis Allen says that the Raiders will continue to monitor McFadden, but the decision ultimately is up to if McFadden can be explosive and effective in the Oakland rushing attack.
”It’s an issue of, can he be effective,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “If he can be effective, he’ll be in there to play. If he can’t be, then he won’t be. It’s really pretty simple.”
McFadden is getting frustrated by his injury woes, creeping up for another year in what is an occuring theme during Raider seasons since he came into the league. If he can’t get healthy fast it is unlikely that we will be seeing McFadden returning to Oakland unless he takes a massive paycut. His durability keeps him out of the bracket of elite rushers and Reggie McKenzie would be foolish to lock up McFadden for a large cap hit unless things change over the course of 2013.