Long thought to be lost for the season with a foot injury, Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden just may make a return Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Or at least that’s what Hue Jackson was saying on Monday.
“I’m holding out hope for him, yea, I sure am,” the Raiders head coach said when he was asked about his star running back. “Until somebody tells me he is not, I’m going to keep holding out hope. Tomorrow (Tuesday) we go to practice and we will see where he is, and I know he is moving around a lot better then what he has been.”
Jackson went on to say McFadden is day-to-day, again, until he is told otherwise by the training staff.
McFadden has missed the last seven games after injuring his foot early in a 28-0 Week 7 loss to the Chiefs in Oakland. Michael Bush has been adequate filling in for McFadden, averaging just over 82 yards per game since becoming the starter including 157-yard effort against the San Diego Chargers.
Getting McFadden back — the league’s leading rusher when he was hurt — would be a boost for any offense, but it was the defense that let Oakland down against the Lions with two touchdowns in the final five minutes.
Historically the Raiders running back has been hit or miss against the Chiefs. Other than his amazing 164 yard NFL debut against Kansas City, McFadden has totaled just 152 yards in the other five games he’s seen the Chiefs. Also factor in the nine week layoff and it’s hard to imagine he would have much an impact Saturday even if he is unable to get on the field.