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Darren McFadden ruled out for Sunday

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If the Raiders are going to beat the Broncos on Sunday, they’ll have to do it without Darren McFadden.

The team ruled McFadden out for the AFC West clash thanks to the foot injury he suffered in the 28-0 loss to the Chiefs in Week Seven. The news isn’t particularly surprising since McFadden has been out of practice all week and was spotted on crutches Wednesday. The big question now is if he’ll be able to get himself ready to play for Thursday night’s game against the Chargers, a matchup that will likely loom large in the race for the AFC West crown.

Michael Bush will get the start at running back for the Raiders with Taiwan Jones seeing an increased role in reserve. They will have a hard time replacing the 126 yards from scrimmage that McFadden contributes to the Oakland offense, which will increase the pressure on Carson Palmer in his first start since joining the team in a trade with the Bengals.

That might be enough to get them past Denver, but it would do the Raiders a world of good to get McFadden back in the lineup as soon as possible.

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31 Responses to “Darren McFadden ruled out for Sunday”
  1. ownedyou says: Nov 4, 2011 3:48 PM

    Uh OH.

  2. 808raiderinparadise says: Nov 4, 2011 3:48 PM

    He doesn’t need to play against Teblow. 4 days after @ San Diego Thursday night … thats when the Raiders need him more so.

  3. jobotjones says: Nov 4, 2011 3:53 PM

    Raider’s fan’s worry not. Tim Tebow is the other teams starting QB…

  4. wte1 says: Nov 4, 2011 3:57 PM

    Sit DMC

  5. cadan24 says: Nov 4, 2011 3:58 PM

    A McFadden in hand is worth two in the Bush

  6. 1team1nation says: Nov 4, 2011 3:59 PM

    I would keep him out until the Vikings game. McFadden vs. Peterson, that would be awesome! A fresh DMC in Minnesota.

  7. 13whysoserious says: Nov 4, 2011 4:04 PM

    Bush is a banger, Jones is a dart… Carson is the reason for concern.

  8. txxxchief says: Nov 4, 2011 4:11 PM

    QB advantage to Tebow!

  9. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 4, 2011 4:16 PM

    What kind of foot injury are we talking about here? A break?

  10. birdobeamen says: Nov 4, 2011 4:17 PM

    There goes my win in fantasy this week.

  11. ghost072 says: Nov 4, 2011 4:20 PM

    Chief fans crack me up. Yes, you won four in a row in the easy part of your schedule, after playing some of the worst football in the league in your first three games. I guess you should crow now, because you’re about to lose a lot of games. You’re lucked your way into the playoffs last year and embarrassed the division in Baltimore. Not this season…take a seat.

    New England, Pittsburgh, Chicago, N.Y. Jets, Green Bay, Oakland. See any wins in there? Yeah, me neither.

  12. Dynasty says: Nov 4, 2011 4:22 PM

    Raiders Need Run Dmc or season is done. Next week Thur Night vs San Diego is a must or Raiders r in trouble.

  13. ownbay says: Nov 4, 2011 4:25 PM

    Dude is a great talent but he is injury prone.

  14. r8rsfan says: Nov 4, 2011 4:26 PM

    McFadden can run the wildcat better than Tebow. Check film from his last 2 seasons at Ark. I’d bet that if given the amount of coaching and attention Timmah’s received, Run DMC would be looking far better at QB.

  15. joetoronto says: Nov 4, 2011 4:26 PM

    Time to pound Bush. :)

  16. chickmagnet757 says: Nov 4, 2011 4:27 PM

    let’s not underestimate michael bush’s value. hes the best back up in the league and is capable of posting 120yds and 1 or 2 td’s. tawain jones looked good in preseason, lets see if he can show some of that explosiveness he’s capable of..

  17. war27 says: Nov 4, 2011 4:29 PM

    One of the leagues top 5 backups will go for 125, 2 td’s…maybe 1 td pass also.

  18. drshakedown74 says: Nov 4, 2011 4:32 PM

    There is a lot of hurt players. Seems like a trend. Players used to be tougher. Rules used to be a lot more loose. Hmm.

  19. p4hbiz says: Nov 4, 2011 4:32 PM

    Raiders 45
    Broncos 9

  20. caboose12 says: Nov 4, 2011 4:33 PM

    Just picked up Michael bush. Thank you very much

  21. ken0west says: Nov 4, 2011 4:43 PM

    McFadden is very injury prone and wont be nearly the player Raiders fans want to project based off 10 games.

    Subtract maybe 5 of his top end performances and you start thinking the B word.

  22. raiderbeliever says: Nov 4, 2011 5:44 PM

    Unfortunately DMAC looks to be injury prone.

    When healthy, and when the opponents aren’t stacking the box he is a great RB.

    He is a great RB period.

    The failure here is to have enough of a QB threat to open up the game for DMAC consistently.

    He’s probably is (hopefully) being saved for the Thursday night game against San Diego.

    If he can’t stay healthy if he starts then (against teh bolts) until the end of the season he may just not be healthy enough to become a full season feature back with the Raiders year end and year out.

    This really sucks but this is looking plausible at this point.

    DMAC, I really love you as a RB and Raider. I hope you can get over this injury slump and have a great enduring career in Oakland.

    Good luck Darren.

  23. ctattles says: Nov 4, 2011 5:49 PM

    some dude on here a few weeks ago said mcfad would out rush.peterson this year. i did a thumbs down.because i knew he woupdnt. u.cant out rush greatness my brotha.

  24. ern215 says: Nov 4, 2011 5:50 PM

    get your rest, but we neeed you back on november 10, lets put san diego on a 3 game skid

  25. beauregard says: Nov 4, 2011 6:29 PM

    The Raiders have their starting QB and RB out.
    They are looking past the Bronco’s assuming they just need to show up to win. This is a recipe for disaster at home.
    The Raiders lose to Denver, then again next week against San Diego. They miss the playoffs because of these two games.

  26. radrntn says: Nov 4, 2011 8:46 PM

    have to laugh once again, about people who do not know the raiders.

    Bush startedagainst San Diego last season with McFadden out with a knee strain, Bush rushed for 104 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown in a 35-27 win. In the regular-season finale in Kansas City, with McFadden on the sideline, Bush had 137 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown in a 31-10 win.

    Five of Bush’s biggest yardage efforts have come in games where McFadden either didn’t play or left the game early because of injury.

  27. slickster35 says: Nov 4, 2011 9:56 PM

    Dude is soft as jello.

    Can’t make the club in the tub.

    Add RB to the list of needs on this team, O-line, QB, WR, LB, CB, safety, ect…

  28. beauregard says: Nov 4, 2011 10:22 PM

    Have to laugh once again that people who do know the Raiders forget they missed the playoffs last season…..

  29. raiderapologist says: Nov 5, 2011 12:45 AM

    slickster35 says: Nov 4, 2011 9:56 PM

    Dude is soft as jello.

    Can’t make the club in the tub.

    Add RB to the list of needs on this team, O-line, QB, WR, LB, CB, safety, ect…

    Dude isn’t on IR, tool. Your guy is. O-line? Better than anyone thought they would be, even Raider fan. Nancy Reagan is reaching out to you, son. Take the call.

  30. souldogdave says: Nov 5, 2011 5:18 AM

    The Raiders will be fine playing Bush and Jones. Bush needs the reps to get rolling, and roll he does. Just ask the rest of the AFC West what he did to them last season. Get DMac healthy for the playoffs.I think we’ll see a new face in the secondary too, that will be interesting…

  31. souldogdave says: Nov 5, 2011 5:20 AM

    R8derfan, LMAO, “Timmah”. But I don’t think Tebow would sing for the “Lords of the Underworld”.

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