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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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  • Ghost to the Post

    He played crappier for 6 quarters and lost his job to the one player that leads the team to points. Shocking.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Per JerryMac on twitter: Add Quentin Groves to the hamstring list for Raiders . . .

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    For all you Raider/Giant fans-how ’bout them Giants!!!!!!!!!

  • mistic1

    You’re completely clueless, dude.

    What is Grads supposed to do on a pass to Murphy that hits him right in the chest and bounces to a defender? How’s he supposed to prevent that turnover.
    Chris in NY Says:
    And I’ll take a guy who’s willing to go pedal to the metal making plays out there and moving this offense to the tune of 25 ppg every week with a turnover or two over a guy who holds onto the ball and takes sack after drive-killing sack or leads the league in throwaways.

    Besides, with the ball clanging off these receivers’ hands and the o-line letting defenders through completely untouched at times it’s a miracle we haven’t turned it over more.
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    # Autumn Rising Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Must say Mistic is about as mystic as david blain. How many of Bruce’s td’s were tipped? Pick one yesterday was the first play after he got shot up in the locker room. After the hit Bruce took- as someone before mentioned- JC would have been laying on the field, playing with the grass again. He wouldve needed a defibrillator to revive him. And JC wouldve taken a week vaca after that on. Cant you remember the Sloth sliding short or constantly checking it on 3rd for a 1 yd gain when he had a window?
    ============================================================= The truth hurts. Crapkowski is not playing well, unless you consider 5 turn overs( again it could be way more but he was lucky), in two and half games good. Im sorry but that just doesnt cut it in the nfl.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:47 pm
    For all you Raider/Giant fans-how ’bout them Giants!!!!!!!!!
    =====================================
    Go for a 3peat Lakers

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    3-13 WITH J.C.,5-11 WITH BRUUUUCE.O.K. I’LL TAKE #5

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Buster for rookie of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • waklaboo

    vs Texans…Murphy & DHB = manos de piedras

  • DMAC

    # mistic1 Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    # DMAC Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Mistic,
    I have one question for you?
    Do you seriously think Campbell will perform better than Bruce, w/ this same schitty O-line?
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    LA to TheBay Says
    No, because its a measure of what u have at the position. Seeing how a guy plays when the game is on the line and half the tream is quitting is important.

    And there’s no way…. none…. you can put that 2nd INT on him.

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

    Stop it its not about jc vs. crapkowski. Just admit the crapkowski is who everyone knows he is in every defensive meeting room in the nfl…A turnover waiting to happen.

    Making excuses about tipped ints only hold validity when there are no other mistakes by the qb, and even then its debatable. the fumble and the other int were also huge gaffes or at least epic brain cramps. Grads holds true to form an unmitigated disaster as a starting qb!
    ============
    I asked a simple question and you still didn’t answer it.

  • inonewordraider

    the Chargers is a make or break game, 2 and 3 and were still in it, 1 and 4 and you know the story

  • Autumn Rising

    What we really should be arguing about is our horrible run D/ arm tackles are and our Oline which has been a liability for 5+ years. Still if SeaBass hits that fg, murphy catches a dime. Keeping that drive alive, I think these pages would be a little less hostile

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

    30-86 with a 81year old GM.

    Do you seriously think it’s going to get better when he’s 83?

    Really??????????????

  • mistic1

    LA to TheBay Says:
    It’s a team sport. You think in Fantasy Football terms.
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    # Hot Shot Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Mistic is a retarded.You must not watch whats going on with the line.We would have got blown out if campbell played.Sure put him in if you want the raiders to get blown out.Watch the games.Obviously you dont know crap about football.
    ============================================================

    The only fantasy is that crapkowski will be a legit nfl starter, or will some how be other than the turn over monger he has been in his career.

    Again who said anything about Campbell? Are you attempting to run from the fact the craps is playing like garbage for the last 2 1/2 games?

    If you read my post before the game i predicted as most people with any football sense did that the o-line would struggle. This maybe a reason the offense struggles but can never be used as reason why the qb turns the ball over at such an alarming rate! The occasional hit while throwing or strip sack from the blindside reasoning does not give you the ability to hold the job. Simply because this reasoning does not negate BONE HEADED play! Crapskowski has never been a winner in any of his nfl stops, and there have been several. He has however been more than turnover prone.

  • DKnight007

    DMAC Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:11 pm
    st Fire Baby Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Draft a DT, a G, or a WR who can catch.
    ============
    Draft a coach!…………(Harbaugh)

    ^^^^^^^^
    Draft a GM (Parcells) and hire a REAL Head Coach (Harbaugh)

    Then and only then will things turn around here!

  • Chris in NY

    Mistic1 = Troll

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

    Well played.

  • Hot Shot

    Yeah Campbell so good.He really had a good winning record when he played for the Skins.Get real skins let him go cause hes a looser and it shows.

  • JLofty

    D’s still gotta show up. Looked bad yesterday.

  • DMAC

    Let’s bring back Jay Shroeder!!!!!!!!

  • Ghost to the Post

    Good call Chris. Time to ignore.

  • mistic1

    # 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.
    ===============================================================

    Why because crabs sucks? 5 turnovers in 2 1/2 games is what you want from your qb?

    And Im a troll….. Hilarious.

  • DMAC

    hahahahahaa

  • Tars983

    jlh is only now starting ot show up.. he was gun shy all year last year after getting knocked out on opening monday night last year against San diego
    it is good to see him going up for passes with a little confidence again though.
    he should be your slot..run alot of drags, downs ins, curls,really rack up the receptions underneath, and with his speed he has the chance to break one everyone once in a while.

  • DMAC

    JLH is cool as a slot receiver, but someone get him off the damn field on punt returns!!!!!!!!!!

  • mistic1

    # Hot Shot Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Yeah Campbell so good.He really had a good winning record when he played for the Skins.Get real skins let him go cause hes a looser and it shows.
    ===============================================================

    Why are you stuck on campbell? He is not the one stinking it up right now, your boy crapkowski is!

    Funny you Crapkowski apologist refuse to admit that he is playing poorly.

  • jmcclain

    Know groves has a hamstring problem. Lmao seriously people there is something wrong in raiderville. The things that go on with this team injuries etc. Needs to be investigated. It’s just not normall. These guys are becoming the biggest joke in sports history. But yet iam still a fan. It can’t get any worse. Can it

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Goethel just confirmed me as his friend on Facebook. Too funny.

  • DMAC

    # mistic1 Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    # Hot Shot Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Yeah Campbell so good.He really had a good winning record when he played for the Skins.Get real skins let him go cause hes a looser and it shows.
    ===============================================================

    Why are you stuck on campbell? He is not the one stinking it up right now, your boy crapkowski is!

    Funny you Crapkowski apologist refuse to admit that he is playing poorly.
    ==================
    He’s the BEST poorly QB we have under these circumstances.

  • DKnight007

    mcskinnnylegs Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:08 pm
    ITS TOO BAD THAT WE DONT HAVE A 1ST RD PICK THIS YEAR SO WE COULD DRAFT A STUD LINEMAN.I GOT A ? FOR THE NATION WITH THE 2CND RD PICK WHAT POSITION WOULD U GUYS GO FOR

    ^^^^^^^
    It’s actually a good thing we dont’ have a 1st rounder….the old man would blow the pick anyway.

    If the team is lucky, they may have a chance at Centers Wisnewski or Pouncey or LT Gabe Carimi from Wisconsin in Round 2.

  • Hot Shot

    He is scoring points and leading this team.Do you watch the games or just look at stats.

  • Tars983

    bruce is doing what bruce is capable. hes size and arm limit his upside but his ability to move around and buy some time is a neccessity bc of our o-line, he gives up the best chance to win right now. and that is all cable can worry about with this window closing by the game.
    if our o-line was solid you could put campbell in and try to open things up, but our line is far from solid.
    we should be 2-2 with three very winnable games comging up.. its not good but we arent compeltely screwed either.

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

    So, the Raiders don’t practice blocking & tackling in training camp? What the heck, an Al Davis ism……

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

  • DKnight007

    Hot Shot Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:07 pm
    He is scoring points and leading this team.Do you watch the games or just look at stats.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Just ignore the minority of Grads haters.

    They clearly don’t get it and are lost.

  • JLofty

    Hope McFadden doesn’t have this linger. He was doing real well this year.

  • DKnight007

    mistic1 Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:04 pm
    # Hot Shot Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Yeah Campbell so good.He really had a good winning record when he played for the Skins.Get real skins let him go cause hes a looser and it shows.
    ===============================================================

    Why are you stuck on campbell? He is not the one stinking it up right now, your boy crapkowski is!

    Funny you Crapkowski apologist refuse to admit that he is playing poorly.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Your an idiot!

    Seriously….LOL!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    Defense is garbage.

    Al’s scheme is garbage.

    DT’s are garbage. (Seymour should be on the end)

    Huff is garbage.

    Johnson is garbage.

    McClain keeps talking about how easy the NFL is compared to the SEC. BULLSH’T! Shut your mouth and learn rookie.

    ……….

    Raiders will be 1-5 after losing to the Chargers and the Niners.

    Say goodnight Cable.

  • DKnight007

    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.

  • DKnight007

    Raider75 Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:12 pm
    Defense is garbage.

    Al’s scheme is garbage.

    DT’s are garbage. (Seymour should be on the end)

    Huff is garbage.

    Johnson is garbage.

    McClain keeps talking about how easy the NFL is compared to the SEC. BULLSH’T! Shut your mouth and learn rookie.

    ……….

    Raiders will be 1-5 after losing to the Chargers and the Niners.

    Say goodnight Cable.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Yep and in comes the next puppet….Hue Jackson!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    I’m not blaming Gradkowski.

    I’m blaming WRs. Can’t get separation. Can’t get open. Can’t catch the ball.

    I’m blaming the O-line. THOSE GUYS SUCK!!!!!!

  • mistic1

    # Hot Shot Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    He is scoring points and leading this team.Do you watch the games or just look at stats.
    ===============================================================

    NO I watch the games. I have seen several miscues by grads, and im honestly looking at it for what it is. Shoddy qb play, which is typical of grads has done as a starter over his career. But to your point the stat only confirm what i have seen with my own eyes. grads is not very good.

  • DKnight007

    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.

    ^^^^^^^
    Big time troll!

  • Just Fire Baby

    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!!!

  • mistic1

    # DKnight007 Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    mistic1 Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:04 pm
    # Hot Shot Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Yeah Campbell so good.He really had a good winning record when he played for the Skins.Get real skins let him go cause hes a looser and it shows.
    ===============================================================

    Why are you stuck on campbell? He is not the one stinking it up right now, your boy crapkowski is!

    Funny you Crapkowski apologist refuse to admit that he is playing poorly.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Your an idiot!

    Seriously….LOL!
    =============================================================
    Name calling is that the best you can do?

    Is grads playing well?

    Are people making excuses for him here?

  • Ghost to the Post

    yes Gradikowski is playing well. We have scored more points with him than any other QB in the last 8 years. Are you done now. Thanks Move on Trolll

  • Hot Shot

    # mistic1 Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    # Hot Shot Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    He is scoring points and leading this team.Do you watch the games or just look at stats.
    ===============================================================

    NO I watch the games. I have seen several miscues by grads, and im honestly looking at it for what it is. Shoddy qb play, which is typical of grads has done as a starter over his career. But to your point the stat only confirm what i have seen with my own eyes. grads is not very good.
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    What QB on our roster is better than Bruce.None,We have the best qb on the job.We can put the other two in if you want the team to get blown out every time.

  • DKnight007

    TOILET BOWL in two weeks!!

    Raiders vs Niners!!

    LMAO….How PATHETIC!

  • No Mas Diamante

    Al needs to hire a Yoga coach. What’s up with theses brittle sons of biatches?

  • raiderdeek

    Season is on the line this weekend vs SD. If we don’t win this week, I’d like to try that fake field goal play that the raiders tried last year against KC; the one where lechler tosses it to Sebastian and Sebastian runs (yes runs!) for the 1st down. It will never work but it at least makes me laugh a little bit, instead of feeling ultra depressed when the Raiders lose to every team. Also depressing was the crowd yesterday. It looked like a pre-season crowd…in the 4th quarter…with 5 minutes to go.

  • inonewordraider

    Why can’t we stop the run, I don’t get it? Shaughnessey Seymour Kelly and Houston up front, big lb’s Wimbley Mcclain and Groves? What’s the problem? Seymour and Kelly really not good enough to make up the absence of a true NT?

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

    So, the Raiders don’t practice blocking & tackling in their wine country training camp? What the heck, an Al Davis ism……

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

  • mistic1

    # Ghost to the Post Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    yes Gradikowski is playing well. We have scored more points with him than any other QB in the last 8 years. Are you done now. Thanks Move on Trolll
    ===============================================================
    5 turn overs in 2 1/2 games is playing well!??!?!

    Stop with the disrespect as well, saying things from behind a keyboard that you wouldnt say to another mans face is weak.