In an ideal world, we would be talking about Darren McFadden’s prolific and powerful runs while rushing for over 1oo yards a game.
But this is no ideal world, and the Oakland Raiders are instead dealing with questions on McFadden’s injury status on a weekly basis. This week, he is listed as questionable to play on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs after sustaining a hamstring strain two weeks ago.
McFadden did not play last week against the Chargers, but has practiced this week leading up to today’s game.
“I feel pretty good,” McFadden told CSN Bay Area. “We’re just going to try to make that decision whenever it comes time to make a decision. Whatever the coaches and the trainers feel like is best for me.”
Looks like his status will come down to a gametime decision.
When healthy, McFadden is the one of the Raiders’ most explosive players, 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.