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Bush at the ready if McFadden is hamstrung

Running back Darren McFadden, moving rather stiffly, made his way through the locker room Monday only long enough to say, “I’m feeling all right’’ before making an exit, stage right.

Judging not from any solid information other than speculation based what has transpired so far this season with Team Hamstring, we won’t see McFadden this week against the San Diego Chargers, and possibly longer.

McFadden is the NFL’s third leading rusher with 392 yards and he’s also caught 16 passes for 162 yards. He surpassed his entire 2009 12-game yardage total (357 yards) against Houston before pulling up on a 23-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

No one seems quite sure why the Raiders have been so susceptible to hamstring pulls, although one player quipped, “We’re just too fast, I guess.’’

Since running back Michael Bennett also didn’t finish Sunday’s 31-24 loss to the Houston Texans with a hamstring injury, it could be a lot of Bush with a dash of Rock Cartwright as the Raiders look to snap a 13-game losing streak against their AFC West rival.

Bush, coming off a 7-carry, 40-yard game which included a 2-yard touchdown run, said he’s up to the task. It was his second game back after undergoing surgery for a fractured thumb.

He said it’s no different than than the three-week period in training camp when McFadden was out of action because _ you guessed it _ a hamstring pull.

“I’m ready, just like at the beginning of the year or the preseason when he was out I had to step in and do the same thing, then the tables were turned when I was out and he had to do the same thing,’’ Bush said. “Like I said, it’s always a good problem to have when you have more than one back.’’

Bush plans on discarding the wrap on his left thumb this week and carrying the ball with his natural (left) hand after adjusting using his right hand against Arizona and Houston.

“Today is five weeks since I had the injury so this week I’m going to practice without the whole thing so I can get back to my natural ways and not have to worry about anything,’’ McFadden said. “I mean, I caught the ball good, didn’t feel any pain when I was using it, so I think I’m good to go.’’

If you’re keeping score at home, Bennett becomes the 11th different player to be identified with a hamstring injury since the beginning of training camp. Darren McFadden injured his left hamstring in training camp and his right one Sunday.

Update: Make that 12. Quentin Groves has a hamstring injury coming out of the Houston game, Cable said.

The others are cornerback Walter McFadden, linebacker Ricky Brown, left guard Robert Gallery, defensive tackle Richard Seymour, cornerback Chris Johnson, quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, wide receiver Paul Hubbard (since released) and wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins.

That doesn’t include an absence of a few days during training camp by Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was “fatigued” and appeared to have one of his legs wrapped above the knee while watching practice one day.

Coach Tom Cable said earlier this year it’s a problem the Raiders would look hard at to try and rectify and hinted that overtraining in the offseason could be an issue.

More to come after Cable’s press briefing at 2 p.m. . . .

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  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    I’m hoping Al dusts off the overhead project during the bye week and graphically explains how Tom Cable hustled everyone in the free world!

  • waklaboo

    Chris In NY Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:59 pm
    Mistic1 = Troll

    Nobody would spout such nonsense unless they’re just trying to aggravate people.

    Well played.
    ====================
    more like Flamer….
    plenny bullies in here…huhuhuh

  • LhayeS37

    first things first.jason campell can’t read coverages fast enough.play grads till the o-line gets him hurt.CAMPELL CAN’T PLAY QB IN THE NFL.WAKE UP MORONS!!!!

  • Ghost to the Post

    OK Troll.

  • inonewordraider

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:17 pm
    Sure would be nice coming off a hard-fought loss, being 2-2 and heading into a big game against the Chargers.

    Thanks again Sebastian!!!

    =====================================================

    The prospects would be so much better if Jano only made that kick

  • LhayeS37

    can’t stop the run because the raiders play a gap defense from the 80′s with the corners always playing man.why do you think the bootlegs worked yesterday?oakland has the thinnest defensive playbook in the league.don’t you see that junior rat kubiak knows all of our coverages?how about more zone alva?

  • inonewordraider

    2 game winning streak get’s us to .500 with a young improving squad

  • raiderdeek

    our D-line got dominated in all aspects of the game. Not even close to getting a sack…and countless running plays where nobody even touched the running back until 5yds later. I don’t even think a single person touched Foster on the big run until Huff touched a shoulder pad and ankle 60yds later. I also watched at least 50% of the running plays featuring our d-line getting pushed back 2-3yds off the snap. I hope houston’s o-line is that good because our d-line looked THAT bad yesterday.

  • LhayeS37

    that fat bastard kicker needs to exercise with A NEW CONDITIONING COACH,ONE WHO CAN PREVENT HAMSTRING INJURIES

  • LhayeS37

    NOT TO MENTION HEYWORTHLESS BEY,WHO JUST PLAIN SUCKS RIGHT NOW.OH YEAH,THE WORST TACKLING TEAM IN THE LEAGUE RIGHT HERE IN OAKTOWN

  • Hot Shot

    on D everyone has to do their job.It only takes a couple of people out of position to make them look bad.Kelly and branch is the biggest problems on D.Also Mcclain needs to get better at his job but hes learning.

  • Autumn Rising

    DKnight007 Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Don’t matter who the QB is if the defense can’t stop the run and put consistent pressure on the QB and if the O-Line sucks.

    ding ding
    And stretch once in a while. At De La Salle we stretched religiously before practices and games. They even made do ballet once a week for injury prevention! Romo said it on Press Conference live, it’s a joke to have such young guys pull all these dam hammies!

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    The Raiders don’t practice blocking & tackling much at their wine country training camp. What the heck, another Al Davis ism……

    Yet, they’re always poor at blocking & tackling….??????

  • LhayeS37

    CALL ME A PESSIMIST BUT RIVERS WILL DESTROY THIS TEAM ON SUNDAY.PLUS THE SWINE FROM SAN DIEGO HAVE A BETTER DEFENSE THAN HOUSTON

  • VanHeathen

    MissTic = TJ

  • LhayeS37

    MOVE KELLY TO END AND PUT LAMAR HOUSTON INSIDE,OR ELSE BENCH KELLY.EITHER WAY THEY BETTER DRAFT SOME D-LINEMAN THAT CAN PLAY.SEYMOUR IS DONE,KELLY IS AVERAGE,THE TEAM IS WEAK ON BOTH LINES OF SCRIMMAGE.I HATE THE CHARGER PUSSESSSS BUT THEY WILL WIN

  • Hot Shot

    # LhayeS37 Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    CALL ME A PESSIMIST BUT RIVERS WILL DESTROY THIS TEAM ON SUNDAY.PLUS THE SWINE FROM SAN DIEGO HAVE A BETTER DEFENSE THAN HOUSTON
    =========================================================
    I dont know about that.The chargers are not consistant.The raiders will make a game out of it.

  • raiderdeek

    Reason for all the hamstring pulls: Al Davis started mandatory 40-yard dashes before each practice…just to make sure everyone still has “raider speed.” Everyone is timed on the roster including o-lineman. Failing to get under the max time for your position 5 times results in release. This is how he was able to justify cutting Jawalrus also.

  • LhayeS37

    DON’T BORE ME WITH THIS EVRYONE JUST HAS TO DO THEIR JOB CRAP.JUNIOR RAT KNEW WHAT THE RAIDERS D WAS DOING 75% OF THE TIME,ESPECIALLY ON FIRST DOWN

  • raiderdeek

    # LhayeS37 Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    CALL ME A PESSIMIST BUT RIVERS WILL DESTROY THIS TEAM ON SUNDAY.PLUS THE SWINE FROM SAN DIEGO HAVE A BETTER DEFENSE THAN HOUSTON
    =========================================================
    I dont know about that.The chargers are not consistant.The raiders will make a game out of it.

    ======================================================= we need to put Nmandi on Gates the whole game.

  • http://www.wix.com/GGEden/ggeden GG

    On Hamstrings…

    Hamstring injuries are common among athletes who play sports that require powerful accelerations, decelerations or lots of running. Like most sprains and strains hamstring injuries are usually caused by excessive stretching. Less commonly, a hamstring injury is the result of a direct blow to the muscle. Some of the factors which may contribute to a hamstring injury includes:

    * Doing too much, too soon or pushing beyond your limits.
    * Poor flexibility.
    * Poor muscle strength.
    * Muscle imbalance between the quadriceps and hamstring muscle groups.
    * Muscle fatigue that leads to over exertion.
    * Leg Length Differences. A shorter leg may have tighter hamstrings which are more likely to pull.
    * Improper or no warm-up.
    * History of hamstring injury.

    Preventative measures:

    * Warm up thoroughly. This is probably the most important muscle to warm-up and stretch before a workout.
    * Stretching after the workout may be helpful.
    * Try adding a couple sessions per week of retro-running or backward running which has been should decrease knee pain and hamstring injuries.
    * Follow the “Ten Percent Rule” and limit training increases in volume or distance to no more than ten percent per week.
    * Other ways to prevent injury are to avoid doing too much, too soon, avoid drastic increases in intensity or duration, and take it easy if you are fatigued.

  • LhayeS37

    THE CHARGERS ARE NOT CONSISTENT BUT THEY ARE BETTER THAN OAKLAND.WHO IS GONNA CATCH THE BALL BESIDES MILLER?DHB?ARE YOU KIDDING?

  • http://www.wix.com/GGEden/ggeden GG

    Ie…the thing that stands out the most in all that and from what I read from Cable during camp etc…the players are running too excessively. Muscles getting fatigued.

  • LhayeS37

    BESIDES THERE WILL BE 10K IN ATTENDANCE.THAT WILL MOTIVATE A TEAM WITH A WEAK HEART THAT CAN’T TACKLE

  • Hot Shot

    I think they should switch up recievers in the game put Higgins in more and give Ford and Nick Miller a chance to play.They can catch the ball.

  • LhayeS37

    FORD,MILLER HAVE TO BE BETTER THAN DHB.HE IS HORRIBLE

  • Hot Shot

    Nick miller was making alot of catches in camp and in preseason,But now they don,t even play him.

  • DKnight007

    KoolKell Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:33 pm
    The Raiders don’t practice blocking & tackling much at their wine country training camp. What the heck, another Al Davis ism……

    Yet, they’re always poor at blocking & tackling….??????

    ^^^^^^^
    Heck, they don’t even practice stretching correctly either!

    LOL! Oh man…all we can is laugh at the consistent non sense and losing.

  • LhayeS37

    I’M OUTTA HERE,ALL I CAN SAY IS IF THE SCORE WAS TIED THAT FAT BASTARD BEATS ZONA.BUT IT WASN’T AND HE DIDN’T AND I HATE THE FAT BASTARD.HOW ABOUT FIRST DOWN AT THE TEXAN 29 NEAR THE END OF THE FIRST HALF,AND WALKER GIVES UP THE SACK.INSTEAD OF POSSIBLY LEADING AT HALF,THEY BLOW IT AGAIN.THAT PLAY,LIKE FATSOS MISSED KICK WILL HAUNT THIS TEAM

  • Autumn Rising

    What I want to know is how come the other investors team up and make Al hand the reign to his son or hire a GM. I heard ONE family, in Alamo, owns more of a share but in the late 80′s AL ratted them out on a contract somehow. Dunno if it’s true but sound about right

  • JLofty

    Raiders need to hire Kenny the Snake Stabler as trainer.
    Shot of Whiskey at the timeout keeps those hammies loose.

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