Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) attempts to catch a pass in the third quarter as Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea (41) defends at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts defeated the Raiders 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: Darren McFadden Still Absent From Practice with Injury


Darren McFadden was still not present at Oakland Raiders’ practice on Thursday, apparently still sidelined with a hamstring strain.

According to head coach Dennis Allen, he won’t be practicing on Friday either.

“It’s not a situation where he needs a bunch of reps,” Allen told CSN Bay Area. “I don’t need to see anything Friday. I need to see something right before the game that indicates he’s ready to go.”

McFadden exited the game  Sunday against the Washington Redskins in the first half, and given his history with injuries, the Raiders may just sit him this upcoming Sunday when they host the Chargers at home.

When healthy, McFadden is the Raiders’ top player, with explosiveness that can turn a 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 a meager 3.27 yards per carry.

McFadden hasn’t gotten off to that great of a start this season either, recording 215 yards in four games for an average of 4.1 per game.If his injury shenanigans are consistent this season, his future with the Raiders is in serious jeopardy after his contract expires at the end of the season.

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