That sound you just heard was Raider Nation breathing a big sigh of relief.
Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden appears to have “avoided serious injury” after coming out of the game on Sunday against the Washington Redskins, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. McFadden sustained a hamstring injury in the first quarter of the game, and was ruled out for the second half.
His injury came at perhaps the most inopportune time, sine starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor was injured and the Raiders needed their top running back to establish the run game for Matt Flynn, the backup quarterback who struggled mightily filling in for Pryor. McFadden was having a solid game as well, recording 29 yards on five carries.
When healthy, McFadden is the Raiders’ top player, with explosiveness that can turn the game around at any time. His breakout season came in 2010, when he rushed for 1,157 yards. Unfortunately, he has yet to prove that he can stay healthy. He played in just seven games in 2011, and last season, he struggled in 12 games under an ineffective run scheme, averaging 3.27 yards per carry.
However, the Raiders’ injuries are not limited to just McFadden and Pryor. Fullback Marcel Reece also left the game with an apparent knee injury, and Monte Poole of the Bay Area News Group reports that it is “more severe” than McFadden’s hamstring strain.
In a season that hasn’t started out the right way, the Oakland Raiders need everyone healthy if they want to turn things around, especially their key guys.