OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs against the St. Louis Rams during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 19, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Darren McFadden
Bad news for anyone who bet the mortgage that Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden would continue his blistering 98-yards-per-game average and spend the whole season as a top three NFL running back.
That hamstring that McFadden pulled in Sunday's loss to the Texans remains bothersome, and DMC looks likely to miss Sunday's 1:15 p.m. home game against the Chargers.
Jerry McDonald speculates in the Oakland Tribune that judging from the numerous other hamstring injuries in that Raiders locker room, "We won’t see McFadden this week against the San Diego Chargers, and possibly longer."
Fantasy football owners who drafted McFadden and Michael Bush as "handcuff backs" have had at least one productive back to work with each week this season. Bush had a strong game in his first significant action of the season Sunday, averaging 5.7 yards-per-carry and scoring a touchdown.
For what it's worth, Cable tells the Oakland Tribune that, "McFadden told him his new injury isn’t nearly as bad as the one that cost him three weeks in training camp."
With Quentin Groves also pulling a hamstring against Houston, the Raiders have now had 12 -- count 'em -- 12 hamstring injuries on the roster since training camp.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer with a theory that the Raiders' hamstring injuries are all being somehow caused by the Porta-Potty Arsonist.