Raiders' McFadden has fractured orbital bone

August 5, 2011, 2:23 am
Share This Post

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comNAPA -- Raiders running back Darren McFadden, coming off a renaissance season in 2010, has suffered a fracture to his orbital bone and will be out "a couple of weeks," according to coach Hue Jackson.GUTIERREZ: Raiders scrambling to get under cap
"It's interesting because last year he was out a couple weeks and it was a hamstring," Jackson said following Thursday's practice. "Just little things here and there, and he'll be fine. We'll get him back out here and keep on rolling."Jackson said he was not sure when McFadden suffered the injury. But during Wednesday's drills, McFadden absolutely blew up linebacker Quentin Groves on a blitz pick-up drill. And after the block, a shaken McFadden took his helmet off and did not return to practice.

Still, after that practice, McFadden walked by reporters from the field house to the hotel and while he appeared woozy, there was no visible swelling or discoloration around either eye.According to, "an individual may return to heavy work 3 weeks after the injury if surgery is not required. If there has been surgical repair, heavy work is usually contraindicated until at least 3 weeks after surgery. In some cases, numbness of the cheek can persist after surgery."Jackson referred to it as "a little small fracture of his orbit. So he'll be out a couple weeks."Last season, his first season with Jackson as the Raiders' play-caller, McFadden rushed for 1,157 yards (he had a combined 856 yards his first two years in the league) and seven touchdowns while catching 47 passes for 507 yards and three scores.His 5.2 yards-per-carry average was second in the AFC among backs with at least 220 carries. He also missed three games with hamstring and foot injuries."He got snubbed in the Pro Bowl last year, I feel," quarterback Jason Campbell said Wednesday. "The guy, he runs with so much power, so much speed, and he practices the same way he plays. And that's something special to have as a quarterback. Because if you build that timing with him at practice, in a game it's the same way."He doesn't do anything different, he just continues to work hard and you can respect that. Definitely looking for him to do the same thing he did last year, if not more."Next man up? Well, Michael Bush has still not signed his tender offer from the Raiders -- if the Raiders give him a notice on Aug. 15, he has until Aug. 19 before he's considered a hold-out -- and rookie Taiwan Jones is sidelined with a lower body injury, as is Michael Bennett. Louis Rankin and Rock Cartwright had the most reps on Thursday.