Hamstring to Sideline Darren McFadden for Raiders' Preseason Opener
According to Josh Dubow of the Associated Press, McFadden, who has struggled with injuries since the Raiders drafted him in the first round two years ago, suffered the latest injury during Saturday's training camp practice in Napa, Calif. He pulled himself out of the practice to keep the injury from getting any worse.
Concerned the hamstring could become a lingering issue lasting into the season, McFadden was cautious about the timing of his return.
"You want to make sure it's all the way healthy before you do (return) because it's a hamstring, something that can nag you for a whole year," McFadden told AP.
Health issues are nothing new for McFadden, who hurt his big toe in the second game he played for the Raiders in 2008. He also hurt the toe on his other foot and suffered a shoulder injury during his rookie campaign.
A knee injury forced him to miss about a month last season.
When healthy, McFadden has shown glimpses of the speed and explosiveness that wowed the Raiders when they made him the fourth overall selection in 2008. And he's expected to carry the load this season at running back, with help from Michael Bush.
Bush now figures to get the bulk of the reps with the first unit Thursday against the Cowboys and offseason acquisitions Michael Bennett and Rock Cartwright can count on plenty of opportunities over the final three quarters of play.
The AP reported that Raiders receivers Chaz Schilens (left foot), Jacoby Ford (quadriceps) and Paul Hubbard (hamstring) also will miss the game. Quarterbacks Bruce Gradkowski (groin) and Charlie Frye (right wrist), fullback Luke Lawton (concussion), and defensive end Jay Richardson (knee) also are not expected to play.