When the Oakland Raiders take on the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night at the O.co Coliseum, they will most likely be without their top running back.
Darren McFadden is listed as doubtful for the game with a strained right hamstring that he suffered last week against the Redskins. McFadden has not participated in practice this week, as the Raiders are being cautious about their oft-injured running back.
McFadden agreed that some rest would be the right choice.
“I think (sitting out is) going to help me out a whole lot,” McFadden told ESPN. “But at the same time we’re just taking it day-to-day right now. Just walking around and stuff you can feel it a little bit. It’s tight, sore, so hamstrings are one of those things you want to be careful with. I’d rather miss one or two games than to come back and pop it and miss four or five.”
Head coach Dennis Allen put it in simpler terms.
“Can he be effective?” asked Allen. “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.”
When healthy, McFadden is the Raiders’ most explosive player, with the ability to 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 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.