Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson had been hoping that Santa would bring him an early Christmas present in the form of running back Darren McFadden. The Raiders star has missed the last seven games with a foot sprain, but Jackson had been crossing his fingers he could return against the Chiefs on Saturday afternoon.
On Thursday Jackson said that while McFadden hadn’t been “totally ruled out” yet, “it doesn’t look great”.
There was a report this week that said the Raiders running back met with a specialist and the biggest issue for him would be managing the pain if he wants to play. It would appear the pain isn’t at a level that makes it possible for him to return to the field.
Filling in for McFadden once again will be Michael Bush. He has found his way onto Oakland’s injury report as well with a nagging shoulder injury, but Jackson was clear Bush would be on the field Christmas Eve.
“Mike will be fine. Mike is a warrior, he will show up and he will play, and he will play well.”
After McFadden went down early against the Chiefs in Week 7, Bush picked up 99 yards on 17 carries in a 28-0 loss. He’s averaged just over 82 games while filling in for McFadden, including a monster 157-yard performance against the San Diego Chargers.