Darren McFadden Injury: Latest Updates on Raiders RB's Leg

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIINovember 4, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders gets away from Lavonte David #54 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at O.co Coliseum on November 4, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The injury struggles of talented Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden continue.

UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 10 at 2:20 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Darren McFadden's ankle is still holding up, and he is practicing this week. 

The Contra Costa Times' Steve Corkran reported the following via Twitter:

Darren McFadden is practicing today despite reinjuring ankle Thursday night.

— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) December 10, 2012

The Raiders will hope their star running back can help the team earn a rare win against the Kansas City Chiefs this coming weekend. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6:56 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

For the first time in seemingly forever, McFadden isn't on the Oakland Raiders' official gameday inactive report (via the Radiers' Twitter account):

Raiders Inactives: DE Jack Crawford, DT Richard Seymour, RB Jeremy Stewart, WR Derek Hagan, T Willie Smith, OL Lucas Nix, RB/FB J. Olawale

— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) December 6, 2012

Feel free to get him into your fantasy lineups. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, December 5 at 4:06 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

CSNBayArea passes along that Darren McFadden is listed as probable for Thursday night's game against the San Diego Chargers. 

So, barring any unforeseen setbacks, McFadden will be on the field. 

UPDATE: Sunday, December 2 at 10:20 a.m. ET

Awful news for fantasy owners and Raiders fans as Darren McFadden is now unlikely to play today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

After optimism he would play this week, Raiders RB Darren McFadden unlikely to play today vs Cleveland.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 2, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 2:25 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Here's some good news, Raiders fans, though I'd ask you to be guarded in your excitement—Darren McFadden is practicing!

From Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times:

McFadden practicing for the first time since he sprained his ankle Dec. 4.

— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) November 28, 2012

I'm assuming Corkran intended to write November 4. This is huge news if indeed McFadden can go on Sunday, as the Raiders could use their most talented offensive player back in the fold. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 25 at 11:34 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Darren McFadden will be inactive for Sunday's matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals according to the Oakland Raiders' official Twitter account:

Raiders Inactives: QB Terrelle Pryor, DT Richard Seymour, RBs Mike Goodson and Darren McFadden, T Willie Smith, OL Lucas Nix, DE J. Crawford

— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) November 25, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 3:25 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

There was an original thought that McFadden would be ready to return this week, but after missing practice once again on Wednesday, his outlook is significantly worse.

The news comes from Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Safety Tyvon Branch is at practice but McFadden, Goodson and Seymour still out

— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) November 21, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3:15 p.m. ET by Justin Welton

Darren McFadden is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, according to the official Twitter feed of the Oakland Raiders.

Raiders inactives: @terrellepryor, Richard Seymour, @dmcfadden20, @goodnplenty33, @redskin_smith69, @big_luke_dog, and @tyvonbranch

— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) November 18, 2012

McFadden has struggled with injuries throughout his career and it appears this one will keep him on the shelf for at least another week. 

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UPDATE: Friday, November 16 at 3:21 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Though he's making good progress on his return from an ankle injury, McFadden has officially been ruled out of Sunday's contest against the Saints, according to Paul Gutierrez of CSN California:

McFadden, Goodson, Seymour OUT

— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezCSN) November 16, 2012

With backup running back Mike Goodson also out of the lineup, the Saints should see a heavy dose of Marcel Reece. Be sure to adjust your fantasy lineups accordingly, folks.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 13 at 3:28 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

I think it's safe to say McFadden's status for playing this week is...iffy. Well, at least that's what Jason Cole of Yahoo! has for Run DMC's status for this week:

Quick update on DMcFadden: he's feeling much better, iffy for Sunday vs NO, should play vs Cincy

— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) November 13, 2012

It's another good week to have Marcel Reece as a handcuff for McFadden. At least fantasy owners should have one of their studs back shortly, if not this Sunday.

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UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 3:28 p.m. ET

Great news for Raiders fans and fantasy owners as Darren McFadden is expected back for the team's Week 11 contest, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole.

McFadden is expected to be back next week, but is not having anything close to the performance he had in 2010, when he averaged 5.3 yards per carry. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 11 at 11:52 a.m. ET by Steven Gerwel

The Oakland Raiders announced via Twitter that McFadden will be inactive for Sunday's showdown with the Baltimore Ravens, which confirms Schefter's report from Friday.

Raiders Inactives QB Terrelle Pryor, DT Richard Seymour, RB Darren McFadden, RB Mike Goodson, OL Khalif Barnes & Lucas Nix, DE Jack Crawford

— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) November 9, 2012

The absence of McFadden forces the Raiders offense to become one-dimensional, which is obviously not ideal against a team as powerful as Baltimore.

A lot of pressure will be placed on Carson Palmer, who will be solely responsible for Oakland's offensive production in place of the ground game.

This is terrible news if McFadden is on your fantasy team. On the bright side, if you're desperate for a quarterback, give Palmer a shot. He'll be going airborne all day.

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UPDATE: Friday, November 9 at 2:20 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Well, the worst-case scenario has come to fruition for Raiders fans, according to a report from Adam Schefter. According to Schefter, McFadden has been ruled out of this week's clash with the Ravens:  

OUT: Darren Sproles, Darren McFadden, Mike Goodson. QUEST: Ahmad Bradshaw, Stevie Johnson, Owen Daniels. DOUBTFUL: Percy Harvin.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 9, 2012

If you're a Raiders fan, this is not what you want to see before a game against a team like the Ravens. With both McFadden and Goodson out, expect Oakland to rely a lot more on the arm of Carson Palmer, which should hardly inspire confidence  for this team. The fact is, Palmer's not capable of carrying an offense by himself anymore, and without a consistent running game, the Raiders are going to have a tough time finding success against the Ravens' stingy defense. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET 

As Darren McFadden tries to recover from his ankle injury suffered on Sunday, he continues to miss practice, sitting out today's session.

With time running out, it's starting to look less and less likely that he'll feature for the Raiders against the Ravens.

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 4 at 9:56 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, McFadden "suffered a high ankle sprain on his first carry of the game, played through it before aggravating injury later."

As for the future, Schefter mentions that "McFadden is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Mondy and is considered week to week for now."

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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 4 at 6:05 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

It's official. According to the official Oakland Raiders' Twitter, McFadden won't return to action in Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

RB Darren McFadden's X-rays negative, will not return.

— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) November 4, 2012

McFadden's absence for the rest of this critical game may be too much for Oakland to overcome, even in the Black Hole. But at least X-rays were negative, which could mean the injury is not season-threatening.

Stay tuned for more on McFadden's status as more information becomes available.

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During Week 9's pivotal home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, McFadden headed to the locker room in the second quarter with an apparent leg injury, according to Raiders blogger Steve Corkan:

Evan Silva, senior NFL editor for Rotoworld.com, broke even worse news just five minutes later:

CSNBayArea.com's blog reports that the X-ray is specifically for the lower part of the running back's right leg.

It would be a devastating blow if the 3-4 Raiders can't have their No. 1 back return to action in a contest with huge ramifications for the team's playoff aspirations. Based on the doubtful return status, though, this injury may be very serious.

McFadden has never made it through a full 16-game NFL season.

Even though McFadden has seemed healthy in 2012, his production doesn't indicate such a thing. He is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry and 6.6 yards per receptions in 2012—both far too low for a player of his caliber. The offensive line and the new zone scheme is partially to blame, but the lack of production could also be a sign that the accumulation of injuries are taking their toll.

The 2008 No. 4 overall pick has never lived up to the hype generated by his high draft status, and the Raiders have failed to make the postseason since his arrival.

Stay tuned for more on McFadden's latest unfortunate situation.


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