Darren McFadden Injury: Playing Status for Week 9 Looks Bleak

The closer we get to Sunday, the more it sounds like the Oakland Raiders are going to be without their star running back Darren McFadden.

He has been injured since the first offensive series against the Chiefs in Week 7, and the original plan was for him to be healthy enough to play against the Denver Broncos in Week 9.

Well things haven’t gone according to plan judging by this tweet from Contra Costa Times Raiders blogger Steve Corkran:


That doesn’t sound good. McFadden has a history of injuries and rushing him back on a less than 100-percent foot would be a grave mistake. He led the NFL in rushing before getting hurt, and is still ranked in the Top 10 despite missing almost a full game.

On the year he has 113 carries for 614 yards and four touchdowns. He added another 154 receiving yards and a touchdown to make him one of the top five fantasy players in 2011 after the first six games.

So I think I speak for all Raider fans and McFadden fantasy owners when I say that it’s better to be safe in this situation.

Michael Bush is a starter for most teams in the league and will be able to hold down the fort just fine against a Denver Broncos defense that is one of the worst in the league. In fact, only one team gives up more points per game right now than the Broncos.

It's better to rest McFadden for another week against a weak defense to ensure he is much closer to 100-percent against the co-division leading San Diego Chargers in Week 10. Corkran agrees:


If I were a McFadden fantasy owner, I’d start scouring the waiver-wire. All signs are pointing towards a McFadden-free day on Sunday. 

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