Allen uncertain when, if, McFadden will return

Allen provides injury updates on McFadden, Moore

Allen uncertain when, if, McFadden will return
December 11, 2013, 3:45 pm
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He’s getting closer, but we’re right at the end (of the season). He’ll either be ready to go or he’s not. We’ll continue to evaluate where he is.
Dennis Allen on Darren McFadden

ALAMEDA – Raiders running back Darren McFadden remains out with an injury and could miss his sixth game of the season Sunday against Kansas City.

His immediate playing status is bleak, and his long-term prospects aren’t much better. Head coach Dennis Allen couldn’t guarantee whether McFadden will play again in a season with three games remaining.

“I don’t know. We’ll see,” Allen said after Wednesday’s practice. “He’s getting closer, but we’re right at the end (of the season). He’ll either be ready to go or he’s not. We’ll continue to evaluate where he is.”

McFadden missed four games and most of two others with a hamstring strain. Then McFadden injured his ankles just five carries into his return to action on Thanksgiving against the Dallas Cowboys. That kept him out against the New York Jets, which may have started another prolonged stint on the sideline.

The latest in a long line of injuries has squashed his market value entering a contract year. McFadden hasn’t been available for comment since the ankle injury, but he’s expressed frustrations with his health on several occasions.

He’s been fazed out of the Raiders game plan because he’s been hurt and Rashad Jennings and even Marcel Reece have run so well in his stead.

McFadden struggled even before the injury, averaging 3.5 yards per carry. That’s lowest among every Raiders rusher with 40-plus carries. It’s uncertain when McFadden will return, or where he’ll fit into the running game if he does.