Injury bug bites McFadden again

McFadden: 'Same hamstring, same spot; it's sore'

Injury bug bites McFadden again
November 3, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Darren McFadden carried the ball five times for 12 yards before straining his hamstring in the second quarter on Sunday. (AP)

OAKLAND – Raiders running back Darren McFadden is down again. He strained the same hamstring hurt on Sept. 29 against Washington, and missed most of Sunday’s 49-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

It’s the same old story for a sixth-year veteran who’s been hurt in every professional season. He’s missed all or most of three games in eight tries with hamstring issues.

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McFadden got hurt this time on a 5-yard run in the second quarter and was shut down for good. He didn’t test the muscle again, and will wait until Monday to determine the strain’s severity.

“We haven’t done anything for it right now,” McFadden said. “We’ll come in tomorrow, see what it is and go from there. …It’s just sore right now.”

McFadden doesn’t believe the injury is severe, but it could likely keep him out of next week’s game at the New York Giants.

The Raiders carried on well without him on Sunday. McFadden finished with 12 yards on five carries, and backup Rashad Jennings had 102 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

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McFadden’s injury woes are starting to wear on the Raiders, who had big plans for him this season. Instead, McFadden’s year is shaping up as a disappointment because he can’t stay healthy.

“You want to be able to have your best guys out there and have your best guys healthy,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “I thought Rashad did a great job filling in when Darren went down. If that’s the case, some other guys are going to have to step up.”

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