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Jackson confident McFadden will be back this season

As preposterous as it might sound, Raiders coach Hue Jackson can’t say for sure whether running back Darren McFadden will be back before the regular season ends.
Of course, Jackson is confident that McFadden will be back at some point. Problem is, more than six weeks after McFadden suffered a mid-foot sprain Oct. 23, Jackson isn’t any closer to offering forth a timetable for McFadden’s return than he was when the injury occurred.
“I don’t think so,” Jackson said Monday, when asked if McFadden is out for the rest of the regular season. “I think he’ll be back, I really do. When that is, I don’t have an answer.”
Jackson said he is just as antsy to get back McFadden as fans are to see McFadden play again.
“There’s been urgency for weeks to get all of our players back as fast as we can,” Jackson said. “I’m not a doctor. I’m the coach. So, when they tell me I can have these guys back is when I’ll get them. Do I want him back? I wanted him four weeks ago. ”
An MRI performed soon after McFadden suffered his injury showed that there isn’t any structural damage. ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell said that points to McFadden having a Grade 1, the least severe of the three levels of severity.
Based on that, the healing time typically ranges from one week to a month. Keep in mind, though, that’s for someone who doesn’t make his living planting his foot, making sharp cuts and running into players in excess of 300 pounds.

MCCLAIN UPDATE
The decision to let middle linebacker Rolando McClain play against the Dolphins was a close call, Jackson admitted.
He arrived at the decision after hearing McClain’s account of his arrest last Thursday, a “fact-finding” mission and consulting with a number of people, including the players who make up a council on the Raiders.
Jackson was arrested for allegedly punching a childhood friend, holding a gun to his head and firing the gun next to the 23-year-old’s head.
Jackson stopped short of saying McClain is innocent of all the charges levied against him. However, he is confident that McClain isn’t guilty of all that he is accused of, four misdemeanors, to be exact.
“I’m comfortable in my mind that the charges that people are saying and the things that they’re saying that he did, I don’t think that he did that,” Jackson said. “If I find out differently, if I’ve been led down the other brick road, then I will adjust accordingly.
“Right now, as I said before, at some point I got to take a stand, and I’m taking a stand behind my player and this football team and organization. So that’s where I am.”
Jackson said he doesn’t think McClain’s acions warrant a suspension by the league.
Just the same, were that to happen, then McClain is going to feel Jackson’s wrath “because that would mean that someone’s not being truthful,” Jackson said. “And that’s the one thing I will not deal with.”
Jackson, obviously, doesn’t feel as if it’s going to reach that point based “from what I know.”
“At the end of the day, when I look at it all, maybe, in my opinion, when this thing all comes out, we’ll all feel different about it,” Jackson said.
When asked Monday if he had anything to say, McClain said “not at all” as he walked away from his locker and out of the locker room. He returned a short time later and spent most of the media-access period in the locker room.

MCCLAIN SITUATION A DISTRACTION?
It’s easy for people to point to McClain’s arrest last week as a reason for why the Raiders lost to the Dolphins. Jackson isn’t in that camp.
“I don’t think so,” Jackson said. “We were playing for a lot. Everybody said, ‘Was that a distraction?’ I don’t think so. I really don’t.
“The biggest distraction we had was the Miami Dolphins. They played better than we did yesterday. What we need to do is get back to playing ball, but I don’t truly believe in my heart without any hesitation that that was a distraction to this football team, at all.”

PLAYERS WORKED OUT
Jackson said the two players worked out, believed to be linebackers, has nothing to do with the possibility of McClain being suspended by the league for his arrest last week.

SEYMOUR EJECTION
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour was ejected for punching Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito on Sunday. It marked the third straight season in which he has been ejected from a game.
Jackson said he didn’t feel as if Seymour’s actions warranted an ejection.
“When I seen it, and as I see it on video tape, no I don’t,” Jackson said. “But they threw him out. At the end of the day, that’s the call that the official made. We’ll turn it in and see what the ruling is.”
Jackson felt as if Seymour and Incognito were just going at it, the way linemen do, and an official misinterpreted Seymour’s left hand connecting with Incognito’s jaw.
“He was really working his hands and trying to get away,” Jackson said, “and sometimes when you’re using your hands your hand might slip, might fall, glancing blow off something. Do I think he intentionally was trying to hit someone in the face? I don’t but I can understand the official’s point of view if that’s what he saw.”
Seymour apologized for his actions after the game.

REECE WAS IN GAME PLAN
Fullback Marcel Reece went from a primary target one week to missing in action against the Dolphins.
Reece rushed one time for 10 yards and caught one pass for 38 yards, both in the fourth quarter and long after the outcome had been decided.
Jackson said Reece was part of the game plan, but the Dolphins countered everything the Raiders showed with Reece.
“We tried to get him involved early,” Jackson said. “We shifted him out there, and they played one way. We shifted him out there again, and they played another way. Obviously, they wanted to take him out of the game.
“And then we moved him back in the backfield and, all of a sudden, you look up and the game’s changed, so you have to do other things. We would like to have Marcel Reece on the field every play if we could but sometimes games dictate otherwise and sometimes there’s things you need to do. But, no, we were not trying to not showcase Marcel. Sometimes, people are going to do everything they can to take him away.”

INJURIES UPDATE
Wide receiver Chaz Schilens (foot), tight end Kevin Boss (hip) and defensive tackle John Henderson (knee) suffered injuries against the Dolphins that were serious enough to knock them from the game.
Jackson made it sound as if none of the injuries is very serious.
“Chaz will probably be day to day as we move forward,” Jackson said. “He’ll be OK. Boss will be OK as we continue to move forward. … We’re just checking (Henderson) to make sure where he is. Again, he’ll probably be day to day, also. So, we came out of it not too bad. But, again, we have some guys that we do have to check to make sure they’re going to be OK for this week.”

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  • LA to TheBay

    You got Showtime…what more needs to be said?

    —–

    ¡Verdad!

  • raiderinparadise

    Leave McFadden alone.

    It’s clear they didn’t want to IR him and shut him down for season with a glimmer of hope for playoffs comeback. I think they know for sure he needs surgery in the off-season and are holding out hope he can give them something in the playoffs without surgery?

  • LA to TheBay

    Get Indiana Jones on the job and have him bring McFadden a magic chalice or something.

  • beach

    I don’t know what the deal is. Hue obviously has hidden a dark secret from us regarding McFadden. I just hope our main receivers, Moore and Ford, are ready to go in Green Bay. Otherwise, the team will just mail it in.

  • LA to TheBay

    I’m officially out of ‘wow that Dolphin game was disgusting mode’ and officially in ‘Dang, Let’s Smash Green Bay Cause Our Season is on the Line’ mode!

  • Blackmamba_20

    @ j hill dj benga long gone aint he? We got that rookie pg who looks quality, pass first, long…..blake was a disgrace last year…

  • LA to TheBay

    don’t know what the deal is. Hue obviously has hidden a dark secret from us regarding McFadden.
    ————–

    Guy’s injured. Maybe he takes forever to heal, maybe it’s worse than reported.

    Doesn’t matter to me as long as he’s not out there.

    Hue can be as secretive as he wants as long as he calls a good game and brings home the W!

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Who does Den play Sunday ?

  • Method To My Madness

    mista…chitown

  • No Mas Diamante

    These guys need to suck it up and just play hurt. Or we need to get a better strength and conditioning coach. Implement some yoga or some some pool work or something…It’s crunch time and we are coming into the home stretch. we need all hands on deck.

    Personally, I think Mcfadden is done for the year. Having him on the roster is like having a vintage Ferrari in your garage that you can’t keep running.

    Also think it’s time we see what B Campbell has to offer.

  • Method To My Madness

    mista…shouldnt you be out campaigning for the Nazi and the KKK?

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    In Chicago ?

  • DeuceDeuce

    Bears

  • DMAC

    MistaBrown Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    In Chicago ?

    With no forte

  • beach

    To be honest, if all the players that were out injured last week cannot play, it’s Green Bay 48, Raiders 14.

  • beach

    Chicago at Denver. Bears need to run Marion Barber over them.

  • raiderinparadise

    beach Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 11:27 am
    To be honest, if all the players that were out injured last week cannot play, it’s Green Bay 48, Raiders 14.

    ******************

    NO WAY, ZERO CHANCE …. any team that we can run on, we can keep it close.

    and GB run D is 29th in league. 4.9 a carry they give up.

    and the games we rush well, we also win.

    so being that GB gave up 40+ points to SD? who we only allowed 65 yards of offense in the 1st half to? I think were ok.

  • Dstomp

    MistaBrown Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    In Chicago ?
    ******************
    no, denver

  • bcz24

    540.r8eray Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 10:25 am
    No practice today!
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    An unfortunate byproduct of the new CBA. The team CAN’T have practices every day, this is the better part. Tomorrow will be the last padded practice we are allowed to have this season!!!

  • ElkGRaider

    so being that GB gave up 40+ points to SD? who we only allowed 65 yards of offense in the 1st half to? I think were ok.
    ======================

    Cant think this way. Everything is week to week. I do feel better about this game than I did Miami though. Run DMC, Ford, and DMoore need to suck it up. The seasons on the line…

  • raiderinparadise

    week to week. BUT the only true keys in all of our wins were, stopping the run and being able to run the ball.

    2 things we have an oppurtunity to do this week.

  • raiderinparadise

    vikings, bears and mia all had much better defenses than GB.

  • Thec07

    Fk this…im ready for war….fk them mayne!

    ++++++++++++

    Truth…We will beat GB

  • beach

    The game is in Green Bay, not Oakland. We have no chance if our main receivers can’t/don’t/won’t play. Do you realize the Packers are SB Champions and have won 18 consecutive games?

  • dvrick

    # Thec07 Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Fk this…im ready for war….fk them mayne!

    ++++++++++++

    Truth…We will beat GB just like we did Miami!!!!!

  • dvrick

    # LA to TheBay Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Wow, catching major heat at the office for telling these fools to watch out for an upset of the Packers on Sunday.
    Of course I said we’d crush the Dolphins.Here come the Chargers!!!!

  • dvrick

    # beach Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I don’t know what the deal is. Hue obviously has hidden a dark secret from us regarding McFadden. I just hope our main receivers, Moore and Ford, are ready to go in Green Bay. Otherwise, the team will just mail it in.
    *****YES HE WANTS OUT OF OAKIE LAND!!!

  • dvrick

    # Method To My Madness Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    mista…chitown my lover!!

  • dvrick

    # LA to TheBay Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Im founder of code Black and it started with the Laker thing Code Black!

    ——–

    Code Purple?

    Nah, sounds like g@y pride parade or something.

    Code BLACK GO Lakers.

  • dvrick

    Method To My Madness Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Told you my Phins would whoop you Taiders!!!LMFAO

  • dvrick

    Method To My Madness Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Jackson is a FOO and A LIAR!!!

  • dvrick

    # mcfadden20. Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    What happened to our D we stopped Running games for a few games then now back to same ole crap? NO Playoffs for us again!!!We get to watch Rivers or Tebow.Scrap this whole Team!!

  • dvrick

    # mcfadden20.king of the Gays Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    well as you guys found out im gay n i have nothing better to do .. im pIECE OF SH1t n i didnt take my meds the whole day n im going to keep on doing this childish sh1t srry guys I’m really a RIVERS FAN

  • joker94583

    So it is true… McFragile does have a vajayjay. He’s done trade his useless ass for picks. Schilens is another one who is useless. Hue is in over his head as a coach. Bresnahan needs to watch film on the 49ers defense to see how it’s done. Raiders D is a joke.

  • riraider

    Mcfadden is a CUNT

  • riraider

    Mcfadden, send him back to the south with the slaves

  • riraider

    Raiders are the Ghetto team of the NFL, no father just a Mutha F for guidance

  • tharris236

    McCrumle needs to take a 1/4 cut in his salary because he can’t play but in 3/4 of the games in a given season because of his being injury prone and slow to heal. Where would this team be without Bush? If the Raiders lose the next 2 games, the season is likely over for them. McBrittle needs to get his @$$ back on the field or else there is nothing to heal up for.

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