Darren McFadden questionable for Raiders in Week 13
Since earlier this week all signs have pointed at McFadden seeing Week 13 action after missing the past three games due to hamstring issues. McFadden sustained his latest hamstring injury early in the first half against Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 3 and ended up missing of the 49-20 loss.
In seven games this season, McFadden has rushed 98 times for 352 yards and was averaging 3.6 yards per attempt at the time of his injury. McFadden also has four rushing touchdowns on the season.
But the former first-rounder has apparently lost his featured back status with the Raiders since offseason acquisition Rashad Jennings has done a good job replacing him. During the past four weeks, Jennings has rushed for 413 yards on 73 carries, averaging 5.7 yards per attempt with two touchdowns. Jennings also caught 15 passes for140 yards over that period. His 553 yards from the scrimmage since McFadden was injured in Week 9 is the most in the NFL.
The 28-year-old Jennings also leads the team with his season total of 553 yards rushing.
Even though McFadden might very well see some carries returning to action this week, Jennings will likely still earn bulk of the carries out of the backfield in the Thanksgiving game. Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday Jennings’ production will keep him front and center, especially after his recent contributions to fuel their fifth ranked running-game in the league.
"You can't deny Rashad Jennings over the last month of the season has led the NFL in yards from scrimmage," Allen said via the San Jose Mercury News. "I think he's earned the right and deserves the right to continue to get his carries and touches and we'll still do that."
He added that if McFadden is “fully healthy”, both back would play against the Cowboys on Thursday. But it doesn’t sound like Jennings will see a drop in his playing time.
"I see them both getting a chance to carry the ball,” Allen said. “We'll see how it goes. We'll play (it) out as the game plays along."
McFadden has missed 37 games since joining the Raiders in 2008. The 26-year-old is also in the last year of his contract but it’s highly questionable whether the Raiders will be interested in re-signing a player who hasn’t played more than 13 games a season over the past six years. If Jennings keeps up his current production, the Raiders will have some leverage to move on from McFadden.