OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 16: Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns at O.co Coliseum on October 16, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Darren McFadden's Status For The Season Still Up In The Air

Darren McFadden continues to miss games with increasing reports that he could be out the next two weeks.

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Darren McFadden Injury: Raiders RB Out For Packers Game

For the sixth week in a row, Darren McFadden will be out of commission due to injury. The Oakland Raiders running back is still out due to a mid-foot sprain and will miss his team's game against the Green Bay Packers. McFadden is yet to play with new Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer, and Michael Bush will be the man getting the bulk of the carries yet again for the Silver and Black.

McFadden has not played since his team's 28-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on October 23. He carried the ball just twice in that game before going out injured. Bush has struggled in the Raiders' last two games against the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins, but had performed extremely well before that. 

Oakland is still tied for the lead atop the AFC West. The Denver Broncos have a run with a couple of tricky games coming up, as well as a couple of softballs. The same goes for Oakland, who face Green Bay this week and the Detroit Lions the next, before closing out their schedule with games against the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. With McFadden back in the lineup, Oakland will have two starter-quality running backs to take the pressure off of Carson Palmer. That certainly would have been useful this week against the Packers, but the Raiders can still win the division even if things don't go their way this week.

For more on Oakland's running back situation, check out Raiders blog Silver And Black Pride.

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Darren McFadden Injury: Raiders RB Doesn't Practice Wednesday

Will Darren McFadden play this Sunday against the Bears? He hasn't suited up since Oct. 23 due to a mid-foot sprain, and while he was able to shed his walking boot last week, he's apparently not quite ready to return to the practice field. From Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee:

Healthy Raider tailbacks: Michael Bush and Rock Cartwright. No McFadden at practice. Taiwan Jones not practicing
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Does this rule out a return in Week 12? Not yet. It's still early in the week, but considering he hasn't stepped foot on a field -- practice or otherwise -- in four and a half weeks, the odds that he'll suddenly get right in the next four days don't seem very encouraging.

Hue Jackson said earlier this week that McFadden wasn't being "hidden" and that the original diagnosis of a mid-foot sprain still stands. Fortunately, Jackson can afford to give McFadden all the time he needs: Michael Bush has averaged 115.2 rushing yards over the last four weeks in McFadden's lead, and with one good run will overtake McFadden for the team lead in rushing yards -- he has 599 yards, just 15 shy of McFadden's 614.

Stay tuned the rest of the week as we continue to monitor McFadden's status for Week 12. 

For more on Oakland's running back situation, check out Raiders blog Silver And Black Pride.

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