ALAMEDA – The Raiders might end Darren McFadden’s season early. The same can be said for his tenure with the team.
The veteran running back was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and coach Dennis Allen admitted Friday that injured reserve is a realistic option for the hobbled veteran.
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“That’s something that we’ve got to consider,” Allen said. “With the running back situation the way it’s been -- last week we had all three of them out of the game -- you’ve got to take that into account, too. He’s close, but we’ve got two more games after this, so we’ll have to see where we go.”
The Raiders have played well without McFadden thanks to Rashad Jennings – he’ll return after missing last game with a concussion – and fullback Marcel Reece. Both guys have performed admirably – generally better than McFadden when healthy – and kept the NFL’s No. 4-ranked run game going strong.
Sunday will mark McFadden’s sixth game out this season and his 19th in the last 39. The injury prone back is entering a contract with little possibility of being retained, so an IR stint could end his time as a Raider.