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Life without Darren McFadden wouldn’t be pretty for Raiders

Darren McFadden AP

Everyone focused on the quarterbacks two weeks ago when the Raiders got blanked 28-0 by the Chiefs. That tends to happen when six interceptions are thrown.

Carson Palmer’s debut obscured a bigger story in that game.  Oakland’s best offensive player, Darren McFadden, left early with a foot injury. And the Raiders offense couldn’t score a single point without him.

There hasn’t been a lot of information about McFadden’s mid-foot sprain in the meantime until Wednesday. McFadden was spotted leaving the Raiders facility in a walking boot with crutches, according to the Oakland Tribune.

McFadden hasn’t practiced this week, and is looking very unlikely to face the Broncos. His status for NFL Network’s Thursday Night opener in seven days against the Chargers appears to be in doubt.

It’s hard to overstate McFadden’s importance to the Raiders.  He was averaging 126 yards from scrimmage-per-game before the injury.  Their passing game is a work in progress, but the offense was built around McFadden.

The Raiders can survive against Denver without him, but they aren’t going to win the AFC West without a healthy McFadden.

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48 Responses to “Life without Darren McFadden wouldn’t be pretty for Raiders”
  1. anhdazman says: Nov 3, 2011 3:36 PM

    A top RB in the league when healthy, but if you look at his NFL history, you know he’s going to be out at least a few games every year.
    If you’re a fantasy football fan of McFadden, you better have an extra spot on your bench for Michael Bush. He’s well worth the late round pick for insurance. Bush is no slouch, he can get Oakland 100+ with 2 TDs vs the Broncos.

  2. 808raiderinparadise says: Nov 3, 2011 3:45 PM

    I guess you guys haven;t heard of Taiwan Jones? Just tune-in Sunday.

  3. sorozco says: Nov 3, 2011 3:51 PM

    I agree with 808. Taiwan will shine until Darren gets back.

  4. raider23mike says: Nov 3, 2011 4:07 PM

    Only reason we don’t win is if we shy away from the run. we ran the ball well vs KC without McFadden. Why Kyle Boller was gunning it out early is beyond everyone then expecting Palmer to give us hope down 21, while using the same 15 plays over and over. just Run the Ball

  5. rcali says: Nov 3, 2011 4:07 PM

    Palmer should quit if McFadden can’t play. I’m not sure anyone wants to put the game on his shoulders right now.

  6. justwinbaby29 says: Nov 3, 2011 4:11 PM

    Hue needs to give Bush 23-25 carries on Sunday and Jones 7-8 carries. Pound the rock..it will make Carson Palmer’s job that much easier.

    On defense..keep a defender to shadow Tebow all day and keep him in the pocket.

    Raiders 34 Broncos 17

  7. rayala3 says: Nov 3, 2011 4:13 PM

    The Raiders run game will be fine when FB Marcel Reece returns. McFadden has 1 TD since Reece got injured.

  8. txxxchief says: Nov 3, 2011 4:14 PM

    I love seeing Chokeland flail. I think the Hue and Mark are hoping to tank the franchise after old Al’s death in an attempt to revise history and demonstrate that Al had really done a great job with the team in his latter years.

  9. marcsasharc says: Nov 3, 2011 4:30 PM

    whats the raiders fan obsession with Taiwan Jones? he didnt even look like a superstar while in college. he hasnt done anything noteworthy yet, but of course Raider fans think hes amazing.

    he is fast, thats it. like many Raider players past and present.

  10. marcsasharc says: Nov 3, 2011 4:32 PM

    if Oakland loses to Denver, who is the worst team in the NFL, they defintiely will not win the division. it should be an easy W with mcfadden or not.

  11. oakfan23 says: Nov 3, 2011 4:41 PM

    Lol, i think Michael Bush is MORE than capable of carrying the load for a game or two. I believe Matt Cassel just won 4 games in a row without Jamaal Charles. As long as Carson isn’t turning the ball over, Oakland will be fine

  12. timbo233 says: Nov 3, 2011 4:45 PM

    I think Mcfadden is holding out because he doesn’t like Plamer and he doesn’t like the fact that the raiders are trying to build around Palmer but not Campbell. If if Hue jackson places Palmer above Campbell when campbell gets better you will see the same thing that happen to Oakland that is Happening to the Titans. You can’t mess with Chemistry, players don’t respect that.

  13. 808raiderinparadise says: Nov 3, 2011 4:48 PM

    marcsasharc says:
    Nov 3, 2011 4:30 PM
    whats the raiders fan obsession with Taiwan Jones? he didnt even look like a superstar while in college. he hasnt done anything noteworthy yet, but of course Raider fans think hes amazing.

    he is fast, thats it. like many Raider players past and present.

    2 1 i Rate This

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    youtube his college highlights idiot. he was a phenominal player and he will shine in the NFL. your just jealous he isnt on your team.

  14. 808raiderinparadise says: Nov 3, 2011 4:51 PM

    Look at the run at 2:55 in video. best run I ever seen in my life.

  15. 808raiderinparadise says: Nov 3, 2011 4:55 PM

    timbo233 ???????

    last time I checked, you can’t play with a broken collar bone? WTF was Hue supposed to do? Play Boller Ball for 6-7 weeks (which would mean 7 losses) …….. Team is on a playoff run … McFadden is hurt physically, his feelings aren’t hurt about Campbell? You have the intelligence of Tom Cable.

  16. elroyjetsson says: Nov 3, 2011 5:00 PM

    timbo233 says:
    Nov 3, 2011 4:45 PM
    I think Mcfadden is holding out because he doesn’t like Plamer and he doesn’t like the fact that the raiders are trying to build around Palmer but not Campbell. If if Hue jackson places Palmer above Campbell when campbell gets better you will see the same thing that happen to Oakland that is Happening to the Titans. You can’t mess with Chemistry, players don’t respect that.
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    You’re kidding right?

  17. stevincinci says: Nov 3, 2011 5:05 PM

    oakfan23 says:
    Nov 3, 2011 4:41 PM
    Lol, i think Michael Bush is MORE than capable of carrying the load for a game or two. I believe Matt Cassel just won 4 games in a row without Jamaal Charles. As long as Carson isn’t turning the ball over, Oakland will be fine.

    Good luck with that. Carson will turn the ball over, no doubt.

  18. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 3, 2011 5:08 PM

    McFadden is the Raiders’ offense. That said, they got a new QB, new slot WR and will start airing it out more until he’s healthy. For all the pro-Bush talk, he’s not more than that stopgap, A-gap runner. The Bronc-hoes are really vulnerable, here but it won’t last week in and week out.

    Taiwan is for real. He’ll get 5-8 carries and make a big play. Watch. Go play the prop!

    Didn’t wanna lead with this, but DMC is my #1 fantasy back. The Tallboys need him back in, too.

  19. tedmurph says: Nov 3, 2011 5:28 PM

    Can’t believe nobody has heard of Taiwan Jones, after all, he does have 5 career carries. Try to keep up sports fans.

  20. slickster35 says: Nov 3, 2011 5:28 PM

    With all the injuries, I think it’s safe to say that McFadden is a bust.

    If not, he’s at least one of the softest players in the league.

  21. goawayeverybody says: Nov 3, 2011 5:35 PM

    I guess this is karma for LYING about the severity of McFadden’s injury in the first place.

  22. rundmc81 says: Nov 3, 2011 5:40 PM

    Time for “Made in Taiwan” Jones!!!

  23. commitment2excrement says: Nov 3, 2011 5:47 PM

    Lol Bush can’t get it done as evidenced by the goal line stand KC put up. Taiwan is still a nobody till he proves something in the NFL. Raider fans will scream championship after they win against Denver. (Like it means anything) Then Hue will explain to the press after SD how it was all his fault. Then go out and sign another washed up veteran and sell him like a used car salesman. Jokes on you Hue!!!

  24. 1mocollins says: Nov 3, 2011 5:49 PM

    Sorry previous post should have said without Ron DMC……

  25. granadafan says: Nov 3, 2011 6:09 PM

    What’s the over/ under on Raider defenders “Tebowing” over a sacked Tebow?

    I give 3

  26. jbaxt says: Nov 3, 2011 6:22 PM

    Did someone actually put up a college higlight tape of some guy trying to justify his NFL ability? Good news faiders, Eric Crouch is available…

  27. JSpicoli says: Nov 3, 2011 6:25 PM

    The Raiders are better prepared to lose a McFadden than any other team in the NFL.

    Do some analysis. Bush ran for 99 last week being keyed on, and Taiwan Jones is about to light it up.

  28. JSpicoli says: Nov 3, 2011 6:27 PM

    whats the raiders fan obsession with Taiwan Jones? he didnt even look like a superstar while in college. he hasnt done anything noteworthy yet, but of course Raider fans think hes amazing.

    he is fast, thats it. like many Raider players past and present.

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    We watch games?

  29. bossplayer213 says: Nov 3, 2011 6:27 PM

    Well you don’t need much to beat the Donks.

  30. r8drbehindenemylines says: Nov 3, 2011 6:30 PM

    txxxchief says:
    Nov 3, 2011 4:14 PM
    I love seeing Chokeland flail. I think the Hue and Mark are hoping to tank the franchise after old Al’s death in an attempt to revise history and demonstrate that Al had really done a great job with the team in his latter years.

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    Shut the eff up, txxxx. I suppose the Hunts set the standard on ideal ownership? Lamar allowed King Carl to run your franchise into the ground. because saps like you kept forking over the dough. His “five year plan” lasted 19 years and netted one AFC Champ appearance. You have had no playoff wins in 17 years and your one SB victory was 40 years ago. Do you really want to go there?

    While your Queefs have had a good four game run, come talk to me after you go through the buzz saw of @NE, PIT, @CHI, @NYJ, GB. 1-4, 2-3 at best. Oh, and then you face the Raiders on Xmas Eve looking for payback.

    The AFC West belongs to Raiders. Mark my words, biznatch.

  31. JSpicoli says: Nov 3, 2011 6:37 PM

    Can’t believe nobody has heard of Taiwan Jones, after all, he does have 5 career carries. Try to keep up sports fans.

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    Go back to counting beans there stat-boy, it suits you.

    Some of us can pay attention in preseason, and can tell when we see womthing great. You’ll be one of the muffled masses if Taiwan ever gets any serious PT, so enjoy your vocal phase.

  32. huejackson says: Nov 3, 2011 7:12 PM

    I hate to break the hopes of PFT but Mcfadden has been in a boot all year when he is off the field.
    And judging by what he has done on game day it does not seem like “the boot” is holding him back..
    Bush will be starting against the Broncos but Mcfadden will play against the Chargers.. I just hope the team does not look past this High School team in Denver.. I know they are excited about destroying San Deigo but first Raiders go have a good practice game against the Broncos, Maybe they will only score 50 points this time
    Poor Tebow

  33. huejackson says: Nov 3, 2011 7:17 PM

    slickster35 says: Nov 3, 2011 5:28 PM

    With all the injuries, I think it’s safe to say that McFadden is a bust.

    If not, he’s at least one of the softest players in the league.
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    A BUST! He is the leading rusher in the league!
    Ofcourse he is going to get hurt when you pound the defense like the DMC does…
    How can you call the best RB in the NFL a bust?
    Thats like saying Manning in a bust cause he got hurt..

  34. tedmurph says: Nov 3, 2011 7:23 PM

    JSpicoli says:Nov 3, 2011 6:37

    Go back to counting beans there stat-boy, it suits you.

    Some of us can pay attention in preseason, and can tell when we see womthing great. You’ll be one of the muffled masses if Taiwan ever gets any serious PT, so enjoy your vocal phase.
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    Nice to have a real analyst on board. If I’d only watched the preseason, I’d have known we were talking about Mr. August, the guy that lit up Montana U in college. My mistake. there’s a reason this guy doesn’t see the field.

  35. hendeeze says: Nov 3, 2011 7:50 PM

    goawayeverybody says:
    Nov 3, 2011 5:35 PM
    I guess this is karma for LYING about the severity of McFadden’s injury in the first place.

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    I don’t think he is lying. He’s just not to bright. Today Hue said in his press conference that Denver has one of the best defenses in the NFL. Yep the same Denver team who gives up 28 pts per game, and is ranked just ahead of Indy for the worst defense in the league.

    That being said, the Raiders will still beat the Broncos. Even if Pryor started and called plays from the line. Whats will be hilarious is when the Raider fans scream championship (like the Lions fans) after annihilating Denver.

  36. eaglesnoles05 says: Nov 3, 2011 7:53 PM

    Yeah, Taiwan Jones has great college highlights. Seen that. Did you know that Michael Bush is gonna ball out on sunday? He is a straight badass who would be starting and plowing on many teams.

  37. slickster35 says: Nov 3, 2011 7:58 PM

    The fade.

    Always Champions 7 games in. Nowhere to be found come playoff time. In fact, you’re in 3rd place as we speak.

  38. jonathanedwardk says: Nov 3, 2011 8:45 PM

    808raiderinparadise says:
    Nov 3, 2011 4:51 PM
    Look at the run at 2:55 in video. best run I ever seen in my life.
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  39. raiderapologist says: Nov 3, 2011 9:03 PM

    tedmurph says: Nov 3, 2011 7:23 PM

    Nice to have a real analyst on board. If I’d only watched the preseason, I’d have known we were talking about Mr. August, the guy that lit up Montana U in college. My mistake. there’s a reason this guy doesn’t see the field.

    The reason might be that he’s a 4th round rookie from a D1 FCS school playing behind McFadden and Bush.

  40. raiderapologist says: Nov 3, 2011 10:12 PM

    Bush wasn’t calling the plays or throwing any passes, but he still got 99 yards on 17 carries, even with that lame direct snap on the goal line. Bush can play, and he plays even better when McFadden is out. The AFC West isn’t the AFC North. Chargers still have Packers, Bears, Bills, Ravens, and Lions. KC has Pats, Steelers, Bears, Jets, and Packers. Oakland has Bears, Packers, Lions, and everybody is a mediocre 4-3. It’s still early, ladies.

  41. radrntn says: Nov 3, 2011 10:41 PM

    i get a kick out of this…every week it is about how the raiders won’t win because of this or that , and every week the raiders answer. granted 4-3 is not great, but they are still in first place……raiders have depth, and a team…..keep in mind this team has not been healthy all year, for the most part 5 starters have missed every game. Trust me will miss Run DMC, but Michael Bush is a stud, and Taiwain Jones is as fast as a can be……I would rather get DMC healthy for the playoffs. Reece is also back this week, who is really the x factor.

  42. slickster35 says: Nov 3, 2011 11:31 PM

    huejackson says:Nov 3, 2011 7:17 PM

    slickster35 says: Nov 3, 2011 5:28 PM

    With all the injuries, I think it’s safe to say that McFadden is a bust.

    If not, he’s at least one of the softest players in the league.
    ——————————————————
    A BUST! He is the leading rusher in the league!
    Ofcourse he is going to get hurt when you pound the defense like the DMC does…
    How can you call the best RB in the NFL a bust?
    Thats like saying Manning in a bust cause he got hurt..

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    First of all, McFadden isn’t leading the league in anything, rushing in particular.

    Secondly, He’s not in the top 5 rushers in the league, while the leagues best RB resides in KC.

    Thirdly, when are you fade fans going to realize you’re not in first place? Have a look at the standings sometime, and you’ll notice the third place standing for your failing team.

    Reading, it’s not just for non-criminals.

  43. therolandobottom says: Nov 4, 2011 12:33 AM

    Slickster35- what a steaming heap of rhino turds you are. Muster up the few brains cells you have left in that empty vessel, and realize the Chiefs are not a good football team. With their remaining schedule they have zero chance of winning the west. I’m sure after week 3 you already had your Elvis Grbac jersey buried under all the dirty clothes in your trailer. Now after beating a few nobody’s you think the Chiefs are toast of the town? Quit being a fanboy and come back down to reality.

  44. joyjoy69 says: Nov 4, 2011 1:18 AM

    Michael Bush has had as much success when given the opportunity as McFadden had any game before this season. RunDMC is great, but Bush will dominate as much as he did. No, the Raiders don’t need to worry about the run game as long as the only face 8 men in the box. Of course, with the pass game problems, they may look at 9-man fronts…

  45. joyjoy69 says: Nov 4, 2011 1:23 AM

    radrntn says: Nov 3, 2011 10:41 PM

    i get a kick out of this…every week it is about how the raiders won’t win because of this or that , and every week the raiders answer. granted 4-3 is not great, but they are still in first place……raiders have depth, and a team…..keep in mind this team has not been healthy all year, for the most part 5 starters have missed every game. Trust me will miss Run DMC, but Michael Bush is a stud, and Taiwain Jones is as fast as a can be……I would rather get DMC healthy for the playoffs. Reece is also back this week, who is really the x factor.

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    Just curious… Who is “Trust me”, and why will he miss Run DMC? And, just how fast IS a “can be”?

  46. bwisnasky says: Nov 4, 2011 7:46 AM

    slickster35 says:
    Nov 3, 2011 11:31 PM

    First of all, McFadden isn’t leading the league in anything, rushing in particular.

    Secondly, He’s not in the top 5 rushers in the league, while the leagues best RB resides in KC.

    Thirdly, when are you fade fans going to realize you’re not in first place? Have a look at the standings sometime, and you’ll notice the third place standing for your failing team.

    Reading, it’s not just for non-criminals.

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    Maybe you could use a refresher course then. If you go to NFL.com and check, the Raiders are listed 2nd in the division, ahead of the Chiefs in the standings. Which is all a moot point anyway, as there is still plenty of football to be played, and the Raiders still have 4 divisional games, as opposed to KC and SD who each have only 3 divisional games left. The Raiders do control their own destiny at this point.

    As for McFadden not leading anything, up until the KC game, he was leading the NFL in rushing before he got hurt. He was hurt in the first 5 minutes of the game and finished with only 4 yards for the game. I certainly question his durability factor, as it seems every year he has problems with his wheels at some point, but even with that 4 yard performance and the bye, he still is in the top 10.

    And then for those that question Taiwan Jones Eastern Washington affiliation, the poor kid has dyslexia, which wasn’t diagnosed until late in his senior year. That was the reason no big schools came knocking on his door. The kid is fast, and he’s talented. I worry because he did have a case of fumbleitis in college, but overall, I think they can mix him in and they will be fine.

  47. Raider-in-PA says: Nov 4, 2011 12:45 PM

    Laughing at you little scared haters… Those who dont think a healthy McFadden is a beast are in denial…

    Watch out for Jones, Bush and the rest of the Silver & Black… we got something special in Oakland!!

  48. marcsasharc says: Nov 4, 2011 7:44 PM

    someone calls me an idiot for pointing out that Taiwan Jones has done nothing in the pros and then i get directed to a college highlight reel.

    reggie bush anyone? noel devine?

    i watch Oakland play and i dont see Jones ever being much of a factor. potential doesnt equal production, people.

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