As the Raider Nation knows well, their franchise running back has been unable to stay on the field throughout his young career.
After being selected fourth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft, fifth-year back Darren McFadden has not had a full season due to a variety of injuries. The most frustrating part about McFadden is that we have seen how explosive he can be when healthy.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, McFadden suffered another injury this season in Week 9 against the Buccaneers with a high-ankle sprain. The timetable for McFadden to return is 2-4 weeks. This leaves the Raiders in a steep hole at running back.
Prior to the 2012 season, the Raiders decided to let Michael Bush walk. He is now the backup for Matt Forte in Chicago. As the Raiders will likely continue to struggle with their running game, letting go of Bush may have been a big mistake.
Bush always filled in nicely when McFadden went down, especially last season when Bush rushed for a career-high 977 yards along with seven touchdowns.
Being that fullback Marcel Reece is more effective in the passing game and Taiwan Jones has not seen much playing time, there is one question the Raiders should ask themselves. Would McFadden be better off splitting carries?
Let's take a look at some of the free agent running backs for 2013.