The Oakland Raiders hope to have enough time for the recoveries of running back Darren McFadden and linebacker Ronaldo McClain before their match against NFL heavyweights, the Denver Broncos.
The injury stricken Raiders are feeling lucky to have a bye (Week 8) before they host the Broncos at the O.co. Coliseum on November 6. Head coach, Hue Jackson declared that the Raiders would need luck to survive the two weeks without another injury before they meet the Broncos.
In his Monday press conference, Jackson confirmed that McFadden had sustained a foot sprain and that McClain has been nursing his nagging ankle injury. Both players were absent from the Raiders squad on Sunday when Oakland was humiliated by the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Raiders (4-3) are considered to be one of the top underdog teams to enter the playoffs, however after the 28-0 embarrassing thrashing analysts would have changed their opinion. The return of first team players from the injury squad is one of the few things that can save the Raiders now.
McFadden was forced off the field in the first quarter and McClain was a mere shadow of himself after an early departure thanks to his injured ankle.
According to the initial reports from the Raiders medical staff, Jackson will be reunited with McFadden and McClain before their match against the Broncos. Jackson also said that he would receive an injury update from his medical team on McFadden, McClain and other injured players in the next couple of days.
Both, McFadden and McClain wore walking boots on Monday, but McFadden was also on crutches. Jackson also mentioned that there might be a slight delay in McFadden’s recovery, however if he is well rested, then the recovery will be timely.
"We're going to have the foot looked at and make sure structurally that it's OK," Jackson said. "We'll take a great look at it as we go through this week. I'm hoping to get him back soon."
Media reports suggest that Jackson also expects kicker Sebastian Janikowski (left hamstring) and fullback Marcel Reece (ankle) to return to play against the Broncos in Week 9. The Raiders medical team reckons tight end Kevin Boss (concussion), safety Matt Giordane (neck) and cornerbacks Chris Johnson (groin, hamstring) and Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring) will also recover by then.