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High ankle sprains for Raiders backs, but coach won’t rule out

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Here’s why many coaches, pressed on injuries, will begin answers with “I’m not a doctor, . . .”

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson suffered high ankle sprains in Sunday’s loss to the Buccaneers. But while most consider that something that takes four-t0-six weeks to heal, Allen said he’s not ruling either player out for Sunday’s game at Baltimore.

According to CSNBayArea.com, Allen said X-rays and an MRI on McFadden came back negative, and he could still play this week. If you’re confused, get in line.

Allen also said that defensive lineman Desmond Bryant was out of the hospital and resting, after leaving the game with an irregular heartbeat.

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24 Responses to “High ankle sprains for Raiders backs, but coach won’t rule out”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Nov 5, 2012 5:34 PM

    We just need to get the first pick and trade it away for alot!!!

  2. r8rsfan says: Nov 5, 2012 5:51 PM

    If McFadden does play, does anyone expect him to get more than 3 or 4 yards per carry max? Some alien abducted the real DMC and dropped off this replica. His heart is not in it this season and his production on the field is depressing.

  3. ppc50 says: Nov 5, 2012 5:52 PM

    Where is Taiwan Jones? He is an explosive player. I know he is on the small side, but try him out.

  4. jaewest304 says: Nov 5, 2012 5:57 PM

    Currently it doesn’t matter if #20 plays at all. Goodson has been decent but not spectacular. Maybe let Reece start @ Halfback and start the beer truck @ FB

  5. raiders1995 says: Nov 5, 2012 6:00 PM

    @r8rsfan
    Its not that his heart isnt in it. Its the ZBS (zone blocking scheme) our offense was always a power run offense. Now that knapp has come back to the orginization he changed it to a ZBS and our line is just not built for that. McFadden isnt the type of back that gets delayed handoffs, pitches etc. McFadden is the type of back that just picks a hole and goes. So its McFadden, its knapp

  6. raiders1995 says: Nov 5, 2012 6:02 PM

    so its not McFadden*

  7. linebacker5819 says: Nov 5, 2012 6:17 PM

    It doesn’t really matter whether DMC plays or not. He doesn’t fit this system and has no production this year in it.

  8. onderin says: Nov 5, 2012 6:20 PM

    Losing Desmond Bryant for the game was huge. People don’t know the name, but he’s really the main piece of that defensive line that helps the most in the Raiders run defense.

    Without him, Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly had to stay in for more snaps. They can’t tow the line for a full game anymore and the result is Doug Martin putting a footprint into the Raiders D.

    McFadden going out with a lower leg injury is just the regular schedule for him. I don’t expect to see McFadden, Seymour, or Kelly back next year.

  9. mjbulls45 says: Nov 5, 2012 6:22 PM

    reece & taiwan

    ’12 thunder & lightening

    let them spin

  10. commitment2excrement says: Nov 5, 2012 6:22 PM

    Reality Check: Goodson has looked better in the ZBS then DMC. DMC is still a chinadoll, and Taiwan Jones is nothing but wishful thinking.

  11. oaktown49er says: Nov 5, 2012 7:05 PM

    No injury or defense can slow McFadden down like Knapp. Enough of Greg Knapp already!

  12. csdaddy7777 says: Nov 5, 2012 7:06 PM

    ppc50 says:
    Nov 5, 2012 5:52 PM
    Where is Taiwan Jones? He is an explosive player. I know he is on the small side, but try him out.

    Did u see his one run on Sunday. He looked like a child playing with men. He got housed

  13. csdaddy7777 says: Nov 5, 2012 7:10 PM

    I have to say regarding McFadden I’m done. It’s the same stuff every year. Time to cut ties with him and many others tied to the old regime. If I watch another RB have 200 plus yds on the raiders I’m going to kil myself. Back to McFadden playing this week is that a joke. I will be totally dumbfounded if he’s back this season.

  14. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 5, 2012 7:11 PM

    Mark Davis has vowed never to draft a running back with high ankles again.

  15. doitbigreggiemckenzie says: Nov 5, 2012 7:18 PM

    commitment2excrement says:
    Nov 5, 2012 6:22 PM
    Reality Check: Goodson has looked better in the ZBS then DMC. DMC is still a chinadoll, and Taiwan Jones is nothing but wishful thinking.

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    Bingo. Ir’s funny that this hasn’t been noticed more. Goodson looks to be the back for the scheme. In his limited carries, he has looked like he could be really productive in the ZBS.

    DMC can be so bad ass, but he is always on the sideline. Let the dude go and use the money for the depth this team lacks.

  16. tzoppi says: Nov 5, 2012 7:51 PM

    Letting Bush go this year was a huge mistake. I knew we should have let dmc go and get someone in a trade while keeping Bush…

  17. deathonwings410 says: Nov 5, 2012 8:23 PM

    The Ravens run defense is so bad this year, DMC will probably still rush for 75 yds. Maybe not but nothing would shock me with this front 7.

  18. csdaddy7777 says: Nov 5, 2012 8:43 PM

    deathonwings410 says:
    Nov 5, 2012 8:23 PM
    The Ravens run defense is so bad this year, DMC will probably still rush for 75 yds. Maybe not but nothing would shock me with this front
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    No way McFadden is playing this week. He is as soft as they come and I am a Raider Fanatic. I have officially given up on McFadden. My son has his jersey so that’s saying a lot.

  19. johninthewest says: Nov 5, 2012 9:05 PM

    I say we put the Raiders and Chiefs on the field at the same time and duke it out without any rules. Both teams will still lose.

  20. elgato78 says: Nov 5, 2012 10:04 PM

    Mcfadden is not built to stand up as a running back in this leauge. They told us that when he came out. If he wants to play in the NFL he needs to become a WR. Goodson has looked better than he has when givin the chance. Give Marcel a chance at HB he couldn’t be any worse.

  21. radrntn says: Nov 5, 2012 10:17 PM

    does not matter DMC, or adrian petersen. Our offensive guards are so terrible, nobody is going to get yards with that line, and that scheme. Paying Briesel top 10 OG money at 4 million per was the biggest mistake by reggie thus far. One would have to think Knapp had something to do with that.

    I mean can’t every body tell the only time the raiders move the ball is when we are in a no huddle. Also how many runs that DMC has busted for big gains were called back, because of penalties. Our O-line was a lot better last year with wiz at lg, and cooper at rg. , and cooper sucking all of lasat year, only to get cut, and resign. ……i mean maybe it’s time for parsons, and bergstrom to play.

  22. powerslave73 says: Nov 5, 2012 10:37 PM

    I just can’t seem to understand how any of you naysayers can say that stuff about McFadden! The guy, when playing in a power scheme is a beast! Sure, he’s been injury prone, but then again, the same was said about another player we had ( Charles Woodson ). We ended up giving up on him and look at him now! Let’s not make that mistake again!

  23. joetoronto says: Nov 6, 2012 4:50 AM

    johninthewest says:
    Nov 5, 2012 9:05 PM
    I say we put the Raiders and Chiefs on the field at the same time and duke it out without any rules. Both teams will still lose.
    ***************************************************

    Don’t get confused, the only team as bad as the Chiefs are the Jags.

    And that’s pretty bad.

  24. dougydougdoug says: Nov 6, 2012 12:19 PM

    powerslave73:

    You’re calling objective people, “naysayers”? You really are a Raiders’ fanatic. There isn’t a single position in the NFL where there is room for injury. Particularly, with the running back position.

    It doesn’t matter if McMuffin could rush for 1,000 yards in ONE game, if he’s on IR for the rest of the season. The only valuable player, is the player who suits up for 16-games a year, and your boy can not, and never will.

    In stark contrast to McMuffin, look at a couple of the greats: Smith & Tomlinson. Besides obvious talent, they also had remarkably injury-free careers.

    As amazing as AP is now, he’ll likely never come close to the career numbers that Smith or LT had, because he’s had serious injuries already, and is about to cross the dreaded threshold of his 30th Birthday.

    Finally, look at what happened with Larry Johnson of the Chefs. Forgetting that he’s a despicable human being, who relishes hurting women (ala Tom Cable) – he was also run into the ground, with those 300+ carry seasons. The same thing has already happened to McMuffin. Even before his newest injury, the guy was putting up laughably low numbers this year. He’s spent, from being over-used in his last number of partial seasons.

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