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Positive early signs for Darren McFadden's hamstring injury

Raiders running back Darren McFadden seemingly passed a big test in the first quarter of the season: He can be a difference making running back.  As a starter.

Now comes the hard part: Can McFadden be durable?

A right hamstring injury knocked him out of Sunday’s loss to Houston, but early indications are that it may not be too serious a problem. 

“Darren’s statement was, it’s not nearly like the
one I had in camp. So, we’ll see,” Raiders coach Tom Cable said, via the San Francisco Chronicle.

McFadden missed over two weeks with a left hamstring injury in August.  With third-stringer Michael Bennett also hurt, it won’t be hard to guess McFadden’s status by Sunday.  They need to sign someone if he’s not available.

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15 Responses to “Positive early signs for Darren McFadden's hamstring injury”
  1. LunarPie says: Oct 5, 2010 10:55 AM

    Just in time for Michael Bush to return.

  2. KCSam says: Oct 5, 2010 11:06 AM

    Uhhhh why would they need to sign another tailback when they have Michael Bush and Rock Cartright if McFadden and Bennett can’t go?

  3. Steeler fans are tools says: Oct 5, 2010 11:06 AM

    Thats why we have Michael Bush. Thanks for the update Florio, i was wondering what was going on with McFadden

  4. Junior says: Oct 5, 2010 11:22 AM

    Sorry Gregg, you’re wrong again. But keeping waiting for them to sign someone as an indication of McFadden’s health. You’ll be waiting a long time.
    A quick glance at the Raiders roster and you’ll see a guy by the name of Rock Cartwright. They won’t be signing any running backs regardless of McFadden’s status.

  5. Raider Redleg says: Oct 5, 2010 11:40 AM

    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on October 5, 2010 10:39 AM ET
    With third-stringer Michael Bennett also hurt, it won’t be hard to guess McFadden’s status by Sunday. They need to sign someone if he’s not available.
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    Not really…Rock Cartwright of Redskins fame is on the roster (and he performance good enough during training camp that the Raiders decided to keep him).
    Expect A LOT of Bush and a sprinkle of Rock Cartwright (according to Jerry McDonald of Insidebayarea.com/raiders) who knows more about the Raiders than most (including you ironically).
    The team is also high on Marcel Reece (6′ 3″/240 lbs) who scored a TD last week and his spot at FB could be taken by Manase Tonga (5′ 11″ 245 lbs) off the Raiders practice squad.
    Besides who is out there as a free agent running back? Willie Parker? Justin Fargas? Not sure they would bring in someone like that for just one or two games.

  6. ignoringthehaters says: Oct 5, 2010 11:42 AM

    4th leading rusher in the NFL. We need ya Run DMC.

  7. BBB82 says: Oct 5, 2010 11:43 AM

    Michael Bush is better than McFadden anyway.

  8. ignoringthehaters says: Oct 5, 2010 12:24 PM

    “Michael Bush is better than McFadden anyway.”
    Pass me some of what you’re smokin!! Not even a comparison. Mcfadden has been hurt pretty much every year since he came into the league. This year he’s healthy and as I mentioned in an earlier post the 4th leading rusher in the league. Bush is good, but not as fast and not nearly as good of hands. If you look at DMC’s all purpose yards he probably has another 200 in receptions.

  9. Steeler fans are tools says: Oct 5, 2010 12:24 PM

    BBB82 says:
    October 5, 2010 11:43 AM
    Michael Bush is better than McFadden anyway.
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    Last year, i would have said go with Bush, but MCFad is the 4th leading rusher this year. I think he’s finally getting it. I give the edge to MCFad for his receiving skills

  10. Justin says: Oct 5, 2010 1:00 PM

    McFadden is doing much better when he doesn’t have to be patient in the zone blocking scheme. Raiders tweaked their system to make it so McFadden cuts once or twice and gets to an opening quicker which he is suited for with his speed and he is pretty strong considering his stature.

  11. Wet Paper Bag says: Oct 5, 2010 1:15 PM

    What you all seem to be missing is that there was/is a style difference in the way the oline blocks for both guys.
    When Bush was the starter or got a good chunk of the carries, the offense utilized a zone blocking scheme. It better suited Bush because Bush has looser hips than McFadden and could shift direction from one gap to the next or could cutback run. Now, this year the team is going to a power blocking scheme in which the runner simply runs through the A or B gap; which is better suited for DMC’s running style.

  12. joetoronto says: Oct 5, 2010 1:16 PM

    The big difference with McFadden this year, besides starting the year healthy for a change, is his patience waiting for the hole to open.
    Up until this year, he was impatient and just ran into his lineman and opposing linemen.

  13. LunarPie says: Oct 5, 2010 2:13 PM

    Bush and McFadden are two different types of Running Backs. Bush is a pounder and McFadden is a speedster. We need both to a be fully effective Offense.

  14. 1nationraidernation says: Oct 5, 2010 8:22 PM

    i just wonder how good he could be if we actually had a OC, and an RG

  15. comment_submission_error says: Oct 5, 2010 8:53 PM

    # LunarPie says: October 5, 2010 2:13 PM
    Bush and McFadden are two different types of Running Backs. Bush is a pounder and McFadden is a speedster. We need both to a be fully effective Offense.
    That, and a reliable receiver not named Miller. I don’t think the big difference for McFadden this year is the blocking. He’s just running lower, and he’s finishing. He used to go down at the first hint of contact, but now he’s just trucking guys. It’s more attitude than anything. When DBs square up on him he just lowers his shoulder and pops them. He rarely did that before.

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