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Darren McFadden: play him or rest him?

Darren McFadden: play him or rest him?



Oakland Raiders running back tandem Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings seem to be getting healthier as the week progresses and the team is hopeful to have both available for its matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, as reported by csnbayarea.com

Jennings said he is sure he will be ready for Sunday’s contest – the team is not as certain about McFadden.

“It’s really the same calf that he’s had problems with,” head coach Dennis Allen said after Wednesday’s practice via csnbayarea.com. “Obviously, it’s frustrating for him. It’s frustrating for us that we haven’t been able to have him out there … He’s got to get healthy.”

While it is not definite that McFadden is will not play this week, signs indicate that Allen does not intend to restrain McFadden and will
play him if he feels he is indeed healthy enough.

“You play with the guys that are healthy enough to play,” Allen said. “We need all these guys to try to go out there and win this football
game. We’re going to take all the able bodies we have to go try to win a game.”

Allen has an interesting dilemma this week as he will decide whether to let McFadden play, assuming he will be physically ready come Sunday, or rest him until after the bye week to assure his health moving into the second half of the season.

The head coach already has made a similar decision when he sat Terrelle Pryor during Week 4 after he suffered from a concussion the previous week – a game against the Washington Redskins in which the Raiders lost but should have won even if Pryor didn’t play.

It’s clear that Allen will not compromise the safety of his players, but playing McFadden is a compelling proposal considering the
possibility of gaining momentum going into the bye week after the Raiders stunned fellow AFC West rival San Diego last week.

It’s also clear that Allen intends to win games now.

In addition, McFadden surely plans to get back on the field as soon as possible as he has said previously he feels owes the Raiders
organization a good season – if not for that reason, then because he is currently in a contract year.

It will be a difficult decision Allen will make come game time, or it is as black and white and simply will not play McFadden if he is just not healthy enough.

Only time will tell.

About Nick Celario

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San Jose State University School of Journalism and Mass Communications graduate. Former sports editor of the Spartan Daily. Former intern at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

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