Darren McFadden wants to play. He said he owes the Oakland Raiders a good season. It seems, however, he can’t get onto the field without getting hurt.
McFadden reinjured his hamstring during the second quarter of Sunday’s demoralizing 49-20 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles. The severity of the injury has yet to be determined as of now, but it has been reported it could be enough to keep him out Oakland’s next game against the New York Giants. “I tweaked my hamstring a little bit again. I’m just trying to ride with it right now,” McFadden said to reporters after Sunday’s game via csnbayarea.com.
Once again, we’re left to ponder whether McFadden really will be with Raiders after this season. He is undoubtedly the most talented back currently on the team’s roster. He just can’t stay healthy in order to stay on the field consistently. Some people may lay blame on the Raiders offensive line that has become battered with injuries as the season progressed. However, backup running back Rashad Jennings played well filling in for McFadden. He rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown against a very good Philadelphia run defense. If Jennings could produce positive numbers behind this offensive line, then there is no reason McFadden can’t also produce similar numbers.
“I thought Rashad did a great job filling in when Darren went down,” head coach Dennis Allen said. “If that’s the case, some other guys are going to have to step up.” It will be interesting to see what Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Olson decide for this week. Even if McFadden is healthy enough to play, the argument can be made that the coaches should see what they have in Jennings. The organization may say otherwise, but the season appears to be another rebuilding year for Oakland and it may not be such a bad idea to see what life would be like without McFadden should the team decide not to re-sign him after his contract expires.