Raiders Could Shut Darren McFadden Down for Season

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by Ryan Wilson

There isn't much to be optimistic about if you're the Raiders, but their fans can take solace in two things: they won't have to watch the game this weekend, and there are only 480 minutes left in the season. And apparently there's a decent chance running back Darren McFadden's rookie campaign could end before that.

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From the San Francisco Chronicle:

... McFadden went from two days of limited practice to no practice at all Friday. That makes him questionable, which is another way of saying he'll probably miss a third straight game with turf toe.

This injury is getting to the point they might consider shutting McFadden down and let his toes heal. The sooner they fall completely out of the sorry AFC West race, the sooner that becomes a viable option.

This news must make Brian Baldinger very angry, but it'll give him one more clipping for his Hate Wall. Despite Baldinger's proclamations, though, I'm not willing to call McFadden a bust; he's averaging 5.1 yards per carry, which ain't too shabby. There are still concerns about his inability to break tackles, or run inside, but it's not like he was drafted into a great situation.

Either way, it sounds like there's a good chance we've seen the last of him for 2008. Meanwhile, JaMarcus Russell curses his relative good health.

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