Darren McFadden Suffers High-Ankle Sprain in Loss

McFadden injured again... week-to-week with high-ankle sprain

11/5/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

November 4, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Buccaneers defeated the Raiders 42-32. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIREComing into the season, the Oakland Raiders had just one hope at the top of their wish list: Darren McFadden staying healthy for the entire season. McFadden is the most important player on the Raiders' offense, and even though he has been struggling, the amount of attention he draws from defenses makes a huge difference.

The 25 year old running back did make it through half the season - longer than he did in 2011 - but just barely, as he injured his ankle on the first play of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. McFadden tried to play through the injury, but eventually was pulled from the game and brought to the locker room for X-rays. Though the X-rays came back negative, McFadden didn't return and is thought to have suffered a high-ankle sprain. He'll have an MRI on Monday to confirm the injury.

The injury is devastating news for McFadden, who was coming off just his second 100-yard game of the season. A high-ankle sprain is a tricky injury, as it can heal quickly or nag a player for weeks on end. McFadden's injury wasn't so painful that he had to come out of the game immediately, so hopefully his is of a lesser severity.

Another blow for the Raiders was McFadden's backup, Mike Goodson, also going down with an ankle injury. The medical staff didn't X-ray Goodson's ankle, suggesting he suffered a sprain, though the severity of the sprain is unknown. Goodson, averaging 6.5 yards per carry and over 12 yards per reception, would have become a workhorse in the Raiders backfield, but it seems very possible he'll miss time as well.

Marcel Reece took most of the snaps at halfback after McFadden and Goodson left Sunday's game. Reece is a big, exceptionally talented wild card in the Raiders' offense. He's listed at full back, but frequently lines up at receiver and other positions. If the top two running backs miss time, Reece will be worth a pickup in all fantasy leagues, especially for owners of McFadden.

Also thrown into the mix will be "The Road Runner," Taiwan Jones. The late Al Davis had high hopes for the electrifying playmaker, but it doesn't seem that the coaching staff trusts Jones as a between the tackles runner. They will, however, be forced to give him a shot at halfback if they're down to Reece as the starter.
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