According to multiple sources, the Oakland Raiders do not fear that the latest ankle injury suffered by running back Darren McFadden is nearly as serious as the one that kept him out for over a month. Still, considering that we are talking about a player as fragile as McFadden, and also considering that the injury did occur to the same ankle that forced him to miss the last four games before last night, I would still say that there is at least some cause for concern.
Over a month ago, McFadden suffered a high ankle sprain that kept him sidelined for four games. He returned to action last night at home against the Denver Broncos, only to leave the game late with another injury. Surprise, surprise. McFadden does just not seem capable of remaining healthy enough to ever make a difference for the Raiders.
Team sources are optimistic that this latest injury is more of just a tweak instead of a sprain or a break or a fracture. McFadden was actually having a decent game in his first return to action, having rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries and scoring a receiving touchdown in the first half.
Still, counting on McFadden to return in 10 days for Week 15 may be asking too much of the injury plagues back from Arkansas. Head coach Dennis Allen said “We’ll see” when it comes to whether or not McFadden will be able to play in 10 days. He was far more concerned about the injures to some of his defensive players in the secondary.
he should be most concerned about his job status, however, as the Raiders are now just 3-1 following last night’s 26-13 loss to the Broncos. They are going to miss the playoffs once again and, with McFadden under contract for one more season in Oakland next year, they would be foolish to rush him back at all in 2012. They may be better suited placing him on season ending IR and hoping that next year will finally be the year where he is healthy.
Hey, this is the season of miracles, right?