Scott and Fallon: McFadden's health key to Raiders season
ALAMEDA – The Raiders provided little clarity Monday regarding injured rushers Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece.
Darren McFadden has a strained hamstring -- knew that last night. Marcel Reece had an MRI on his knee Monday that revealed no ligament damage requiring surgery to repair.
It remains uncertain whether either player will be available on Sunday night against the San Diego Chargers.
One thing remains crystal clear. The Raiders struggled mightily without them. Despite a decent effort from Rashad Jennings, this run-first offense couldn’t produce the points to protect a 14-point first-quarter lead.
“Once we lost McFadden and Reece, we wouldn’t find an offensive rhythm,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “Darren started well, and there were plays left to be made against that defense, and losing our main runners really hurt us.”
McFadden is in better shape than Reece at this juncture, but Allen wouldn’t update his status.
“I wouldn’t characterize it as minor or major,” Allen said. “He’s got a hamstring (strain); wouldn’t expect him to be out a long time. We’ll see how he responds, too. This is just one day after the game. (Whether he’ll play or not), I really don’t know.”
Reece and McFadden were absent during the team’s open locker room period, which is generally slow the day after a game.
While McFadden is an offensive centerpiece that generally draws a heavy workload, Reece is an accent piece who isn’t used as much as his talent would suggest. He has just eight touches through four games, although three of them scored touchdowns.
“It’s a matter of when he’ll be physically ready to go,” Allen said. "There’s nothing that will require surgery. It’s just about when he’s healthy enough to play a football game.”
Allen also reported that center Stefen Wisniewski suffered a knee sprain and defensive tackle Stacy McGee suffered a shoulder injury against Washington.
As previously reported, offensive lineman Menelik Watson is expected to resume practice four weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.