Oft-injured Oakland Raiders’ running back Darren McFadden may not be back this season, according to head coach Dennis Allen.
McFadden has suffered from various injuries throughout his career and his most recent bout with affliction – injured ankles – may force him to miss the final three games of the regular season.
“I don’t know. We’ll see,” Allen said after Wednesday’s practice, according to Scott Bair at CSN Bay Area. “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 is in the final year of his contract and the injury prone running back might find it difficult to secure anything lucrative this offseason. He has never played in more than 13 games in a season and hasn’t come close to the 1157-yard total he amassed in 2010, since.
McFadden has only played in parts of 8 games this season and has dealt with hamstring and now ankle injuries during the 2013 campaign. He injured the ankles on Thanksgiving against the Dallas Cowboys.
Rashad Jennings has largely filled the void left by McFadden and has done an admiral job. He was unable to go last week due to a concussion, but Marcel Reece also filled in nicely against the New York Jets – 19 rushes for 123 yards and a TD. Jennings practiced on Wednesday and it appears his return is imminent.
The same can’t be said for McFadden, again.