Darren McFadden reportedly avoids serious hamstring injury

AP

The Raiders lost running back Darren McFadden early in Sunday’s loss to the Redskins with a hamstring injury, but a report on Monday indicates that McFadden escaped without doing major damage to himself.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that McFadden “avoided serious injury” during the game. There’s nothing more specific than that regarding his condition, although Rapoport add’s that “we’ll see” about his status for the Week Five game against the Chargers.

Such waiting are nothing new for the Raiders with McFadden as every year seems to bring a different injury that leads to guessing games about whether or not he’ll be in the lineup from week to week. With the bye coming in Week Seven and that history of prolonged absences, McFadden and the Raiders could opt to play things cautiously.

If McFadden is out, there’s a good chance that the Raiders will be down two backs since Marcel Reece’s knee injury was believed to be more serious than McFadden’s hamstring on Sunday. Rashad Jennings, who ran for 45 yards on 15 carries with McFadden out on Sunday, will be the first man up in the backfield should McFadden be sidelined.