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Darren McFadden to miss 2-4 weeks

One day after losing three yards on six carries, Raiders running back Darren McFadden found out he’s going to lose the next 2-4 weeks of the season with a torn right meniscus.

The news comes at a brutal time for the stagnant Oakland running game, which faces the Giants, Eagles, and Jets over the next three weeks. 

Justin Fargas led the Raiders in carries against Houston Sunday, and figures to split the backfield work with Michael Bush.  After an impressive opening game against San Diego, Oakland has averaged 69 yards per game as a team. 

The running game was the one thing Oakland did well last year, and their struggles have some in Oakland wondering if they took the running game for granted

McFadden came into the season with high hopes after turf toe slowed him down as a rookie, but he only put up 198 yards from scrimmage in four games, including a surprising lack of involvement in the passing game.

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21 Responses to “Darren McFadden to miss 2-4 weeks”
  1. briano29 says: Oct 5, 2009 5:58 PM

    Raiders have no chance. Done. Finished.

  2. twinkletoes says: Oct 5, 2009 6:04 PM

    The Raiders didn’t take their running game for granted, they took their offensive line for granted.
    That was evident when Al Davis allowed Jake Grove to sign away with the Fins, where he is promptly opening up holes up the middle, like he was doing last season. Neither Chris Morris nor Samson Satele represent upgrades at the position. Grove was the team’s best center since Barrett Robbins suffered his Super Bowl meltdown. They now have to look at drafting another center in the draft.
    The right side of the line is a joke. How can Cornell Green be the team’s best option at RT? It’s Rory Graves, part 2! Khalif Barnes can’t possibly be a worse option here.
    Games are won in the trenches. You can have all the zone blocking you want, but without talent the scheme only goes so far. The Raiders only talent on the O-line is currently injured. The team needs to find a starting spot for Barnes ASAP and try harder to bring in Jon Runyan to revamp the right side.
    They have nothing to lose; season’s already over.

  3. Mr.ClaytonBigsby says: Oct 5, 2009 6:06 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen, the next 0-16 team. BWahahahahahaha

  4. GurpBadesha says: Oct 5, 2009 6:08 PM

    Al Davis is a moron

  5. WashingtonRedstorms says: Oct 5, 2009 6:09 PM

    Raiders should look up Lawrence Philipps.

  6. moral-authority says: Oct 5, 2009 6:15 PM

    What fool said McFadden was the “next Adrian Peterson”? You can figure out the rest. JaMarcus = Bust
    D-Mac = Bust

  7. encinitasraider says: Oct 5, 2009 6:20 PM

    so the offense is missing a starting gaurd(gallery),RT (Green) and now a RB…

  8. DildoBaggins says: Oct 5, 2009 6:32 PM

    He’s missing playing the Giants and Eagles D – this is a blessing in disguise for McFadden.

  9. comment_submission_error says: Oct 5, 2009 6:34 PM

    I wouldn’t say McFadden’s lack of involvement in the passing game is surprising, as they don’t have a passing game.

  10. titanstrides says: Oct 5, 2009 6:50 PM

    to the genius named Mr.ClaytonBigsby…
    teams cannot go 0-16 when they are 1-3! thank you for paying attention before you talk shit!
    and for the record… when an o-line can’t open up running lanes it makes said line the bust, not the running back.

  11. Bill In DC says: Oct 5, 2009 7:01 PM

    Oops, injury prone. Cut him just like all the other ‘injury prone’ RBs in the league.

  12. ItalianArmyGuy says: Oct 5, 2009 7:05 PM

    Good! McFadden was holding Russell back in his development. Now, FINALLY, Jamarcus can show the world!!!

  13. WashingtonRedstorms says: Oct 5, 2009 7:24 PM

    Russell is better than Big Ben.

  14. flyin elvi says: Oct 5, 2009 7:25 PM

    jamarcus = bust
    run dmc = bust
    patriots 2011 first round pick = $$$$$$ (or lack thereof, from the viewpoint of the potential rookie draft cap)

  15. kravon says: Oct 5, 2009 7:46 PM

    I didnt think he played the last 4 games. Huh.

  16. NoFootballtalk says: Oct 5, 2009 7:51 PM

    Lol i love how some idiot poster thinks the Raiders are going 0-16. I will bet you $1,000,000 that they’re not. (hint: they already won a game)

  17. Quagmire says: Oct 5, 2009 7:55 PM

    Maybe the next Adrian Balboa…LaShawn McCoy passed him in rushing yards…& he had a bye week.

  18. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Oct 5, 2009 8:30 PM

    It’s simply a combination of a weak O-line, which is missing it’s best player, Gallery, and opposing teams not respecting the pass at all.
    It’s not often you see 9 guys in the box but that’s what’s been happening lately.

  19. MasterShake says: Oct 6, 2009 1:10 AM

    NoFootballtalk says:
    October 5, 2009 7:51 PM
    “Lol i love how some idiot poster thinks the Raiders are going 0-16. I will bet you $1,000,000 that they’re not. (hint: they already won a game)
    I don’t see where it says THIS year?
    Hint: You’re the dumbass.

  20. RaiderChile says: Oct 6, 2009 2:42 AM

    Show me the way to the home…
    I’m tired and I wanna go to bed…
    I had a good team about two decades or so
    And it got right to my head.
    Now, my team just really stinks…
    I try, can’t lie, we stink!
    So I sit here singing alone..
    Show me the way to the home.
    Please Al, RETIRE!

  21. president of bench jamarcus fan club says: Oct 6, 2009 12:41 PM

    God I’m a Raiders fan but it almost seems like they are “throwing” games and trying to lose them all. Gotta yank “Ryan Leaf 2” if we want any hope of winning. If not we will go 1-15 and be looking for another sprinter/track star in the draft and not an actual football player. Al Davis “Cryptkeeper” you have made this franchise a bust. We need a leader without a retarded looking mohawk to lead us. Need a QB with some desire and heart. All our problems go back to QB position and possibly Cornell Green.

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