Darren McFadden Injury: Updates on Raiders RB's Week 14 Status and Fantasy Value

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders tosses the ball away after scoring on a two yard touchdown run against the New York Jets in the first quarter during an NFL football game at the O.co Coliseum September 25, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden continues to struggle with a nagging foot injury, which caused him to miss his fifth straight game on Sunday.

With the Raiders caught up in a tight playoff race and preparing for a marquee game against the Green Bay Packers, they could really use the dynamic RB back.

Keep checking back to this page throughout the week for the latest updates on McFadden's availability and potential fantasy value.

Update: Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3:19 p.m. ET by Wes O'Donnell

As expected, the Raiders have announced that their star running back is going to be inactive once again this week.

According to Rotoworld's player update:

Raiders declared RB Darren McFadden, WR Jacoby Ford, WR Denarius Moore, RB Taiwan Jones, QB Jason Campbell, OL Bruce Campbell, and CB Chris Johnson inactive for Week 14 against the Packers.

Oakland is tied with Denver atop the NFC West and will need McFadden to find his way onto the field soon.

Update: Friday, Dec. 9 at 1:31 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times says McFadden was not at practice today, and that his absence all but rules him out for this week.

It looks like another week without DMC and with the undefeated Packers lying ahead this week, this makes the Raiders' uphill battle even steeper.

Monday, Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET

Raiders blogger Steve Corkran was answering questions on Twitter and, when the topic of McFadden came up, he didn't sound optimistic about his chances of playing in Week 14.

While there's still plenty of time for that to change, it's not a positive sign that a reporter is so quick to make a judgment.

It's important to note that Corkran is just making an educated guess based on what he's seen, not reporting news directly from the Raiders. Still, McFadden continues to frustrate his fantasy owners, who appear destined to enter the playoffs without one of their main weapons

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