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McFadden's Lisfranc injury -- no surgery

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McFadden's Lisfranc injury -- no surgery

UPDATE: Raiders coach Hue Jackson insisted at Monday's press conference that the foot injury to running back Darren McFadden will not require surgery.

The Raiders have termed Darren McFadden's injury a "foot sprain." NFL analyst Phil Simms said Sunday it's a "Lisfranc injury." For those of us without the expertise of an orthopedic surgeon, what does it mean in layman's terms?

Whether you believe Simms or are merely acknowledging that McFadden has missed six straight games, it's not a good situation.

According to Raiders coach Hue Jackson on Monday, McFadden -- who was off to the best start of his career with a 5.4-yard average before he was hobbled -- will not require surgery.

RELATED: Jackson disputes Simms' Sunday report

Ive been told that he has a midfoot sprain, which is just like a Lisfranc sprain, however you see that. Its the same. Its really one and the same. And I know one can require -- both can require surgery. Both can require you to be out several, several weeks. So I think theyre all in that same family. I just think how you describe it, based on one when you say Lisfranc, really means surgical," Jackson said.

"You got to go in and fix it right away in order to get it to heal properly. I think thats why when people hear that term I think everybody goes, Oh my gosh, thats what he has. No, he does not need surgery. That much I do know. You guys can write that. Darren McFadden does not need surgery.

Bottom line: If it is a Lisfranc injury, McFadden's injury could be season-ending despite Jackson's assurances to the contrary. At worst case, it could impact his career.

For reference, look no further than Texans QB Matt Schaub, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve and is scheduled for surgery following a Lisfranc injury in mid-November.

Similarly, Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney was sidelined for the rest of the 2007 season with a Lisfranc injury following Week 9. Same for former Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown, who sustained the same injury in 2009. Freeney has returned as a Pro Bowler; Brown has been consigned to backup status.

Then there's the case of Browns running back Errict Rhett. He suffered a Lisfranc injury in October 2000 and never played in another regular-season game.

Regardless of the severity, it's a good thing McFadden is a football player and not a member of the French calvary under Napoleon.

The Lisfranc injury dates to the days of the French general, and is named after field surgeon Jacques Lisfranc de St. Martin who specialized in amputation of the front part of the foot -- to prevent gangrene and get Napoleon's soldiers back into combat.

When soldiers fell from their horses, their feet would often get caught in the stirrups, resulting in a fracture of the mid-foot, where the long bones (metatarsal) are displaced from the smaller bones at the front of the foot (tarsus).

In football players, the injury is caused by a similar type of twisting-under-force move.

Treatment options do not always require an operation.

If it merely an injury to the ligament that holds the bones in place, immobilization in a walking boot is the most typical option. If the dislocation is slight, the injury can be treated by casting, with no weight allowed on the foot.

If an operation is needed, screws are used for internal fixation of the fracture. This could result in keeping the individual completely off the foot for 6-to-12 weeks.

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

NAPA – Marshawn Lynch spoke with the media Thursday for the second time as a Raider. He was quick-witted, disarming and, as always, not suitable for work.

It was five minutes of peak Marshawn, where he brought light to his charitable endeavors, called himself the “daddy” of his position group and cleverly sidestepped all things nation anthem.

He was asked four questions on other topics before elephant in the room was mentioned. It didn’t stick around long.

“I think the elephant left the room because a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch deadpanned. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mice or something? That [expletive] left the room, cousin.”

[RATTO: Lynch reminds media how much control he exerts over any interaction]

Two more related questions came down the pike. The first was about Del Rio letting players be themselves. He answered a different question instead.

“Yeah, because on ‘doctor-24,’ it’s a designed way that you’re supposed to run it but I have all freedom to go any way that I choose to run it,” Lynch said. “I would say, yes.”

The final anthem-esque query was deflected in a similar fashion.

“When we run ‘74’ or something like that, where I have to scan and read on both sides, that is pretty difficult. For the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”

Two things were crystal clear after speaking with Lynch.

He didn’t miss football one bit during his year in retirement. Lynch said this spring he decided to return after the Raiders were approved to relocate away from his native Oakland. He wants to represent his hometown well and give them something to cheer before the team leaves for Las Vegas.

That’s why he’s fired up even for Saturday’s exhibition against the Rams – he’s expected to make a cameo in that game – his first in Oakland wearing silver and black.

“It’s truly a blessing and just to have the opportunity to go and do that is a good [expletive] feeling,” Lynch said. “It’s a good [expletive] feeling.”

Lynch has always been active in the community, and hopes him playing here will bring more visibility to what’s being done to help kids in Oakland.

“I plan on continuing to do what I do in the community,” Lynch said. “It’ll probably be that now that I’m here, more people that are in the community might actually come out and support what it is that we’ve got going on.”

Practice report: Raiders close camp with some unresolved issues

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Practice report: Raiders close camp with some unresolved issues

NAPA – The Raiders spent 18 days in isolation at the Napa Valley Marriott, pouring complete focus into season prep. Head coach Jack Del Rio considers his team better for the experience.

The Raiders moved back to their Alameda facility after Thursday’s practice, the 14th of this training camp, ready to complete the preseason. The next milestone comes in Saturday’s exhibition against the Los Angeles Rams.

“I think we came in with a purposeful mind going after things, accomplishing things,” Del Rio said. “In terms of installation, in terms of situational awareness and those things, we’re coaching and teaching. I think we were able to work and get guys either back or really close to being back and I feel really good about the way camp went. It was a strong camp. It was very purposeful and very productive.”

The Raiders left relatively healthy, despite longer-term injuries to Keith McGill and Denver Kirkland. There were some issues unresolved during this time.

Donald Penn’s contract holdout continues after nearly three weeks. First-round pick Gareon Conley still hasn’t seen the field while dealing with a shin injury originally suffered in a June minicamp.

Jihad Ward, Ben Heeney and Cooper Helfet joined Conley and Penn as players who didn’t participate in a camp practice.

“I know the natural question is going to hit me on a couple of the guys. Obviously, one is not here, his choice. You have a couple of others that haven’t been able to join us at practice yet, and they’re working,” Del Rio said. “They’re doing everything we’re asking. They’ll come back when they can. Until then, we just move on. We’re looking forward to playing at home this week in front of our crowd. I’m excited about that opportunity to kick that off.”

QUICK SLANTS
-- The battle to be quarterback Derek Carr’s backup wages on, though Del Rio said EJ Manuel has a leg up at this stage. That supports what was seen in training camp, when Manuel took most every second-unit snap.

“I think the time we had here and the first game the other night, I think (Manuel) has done a little more, done enough to be in the second slot,” Del Rio said. “I think they’ll continue to alternate reps and both get opportunities to show us. I’m pleased with both of the guys. I thought both guys operated pretty darn well (on Saturday at Arizona).”

-- The Raiders concluded camp with a punt catching contest. Each phase sent a representative to catch a Marquette King punt, with pushups going to the loser. Interior lineman Jon Feliciano caught his volley. So did backup long snapper Andrew East. Defensive tackle Justin Ellis couldn’t corral three angled attempts, meaning the defense had to do pushups.

-- The Raiders held a glorified walk-through practice on Thursday, working in jerseys and shorts. They will hold a formal walh-through on Friday in Alameda before Saturday’s game at Oakland Coliseum.