Oakland Raiders Injury Update: Marcel Reece Back at Practice, Darren McFadden Absent

Sep 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) carries the ball in the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders had their fair share of injuries last week against the Washington Redskins, when they were without three of their top offensive players in Terrelle Pryor, Marcel Reece, and Darren McFadden.

Pryor was out with a concussion, while both Reece and McFadden exited the game with injuries. Reece suffered a knee injury and McFadden strained his hamstring.

It appears that two of the three players are back on the practice field and set to go for Sunday night against the Chargers. Pryor was seen taking reps with the firs teams during practice, and Reece was out their with him, doing drills.

However, McFadden was absent from practice on Wednesday, leading some to speculate the Raiders may sit McFadden on Sunday and the following week as well against the Chiefs, as they have a bye week after that.

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.

Topics: Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

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