Darren McFadden injury: Raiders RB could land on injured reserve

Ezra Shaw

Injuries continue to plague Darren McFadden and he may finish the season on injured reserve.

Darren McFadden has already been ruled out this week and Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said the running back could be placed on injured reserve, according to Scott Bair of CSN California.

McFadden continues to be hampered by injuries. He missed three games earlier this season due to an ankle injury. He played in Week 13 against Dallas, but suffered another ankle injury and has been out since. With just three games remaining in the regular season, and McFadden already ruled out for Week 15, it's not a surprise that he could land on injured reserve.

Injuries have plagued McFadden during his entire NFL career. He's never played more than 13 games in a season and has missed at least four games in each of the last three years. McFadden's contract expires after this season and Levi Damien of Silver and Black questioned whether or not McFadden has played his last game as a Raider:

With all the hype and the countless McFadden No. 20 jerseys you see at games, McFadden has never lived up to the high hopes placed on him in his six years with the Raiders. He had one good season in 2010 in which he ran for 1157 yards. And that's it. It was just enough to keep up the hope that he could do it again and delay the inevitable.

That six-year rookie contract will be up at the end of this season and there is really no chance the team brings him back. At this point, there is no way of knowing for sure how long his injury will have him out. If he does manage to return, he will only see the field a handful of times the remainder of the season as his Raiders career sputters to its inglorious conclusion. If the injury forces a more abrupt end to his season, he has played his last game in a Raider uniform.

Marcel Reece and Rashad Jennings have filled in for McFadden. Jennings sat out last week due to an injury, but Reece finished with 123 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

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