Posted by Will Brinson
Not that this is breaking or even shocking news, but it's looking more and more like Darren McFadden won't play for Oakland in Week 11 against Minnesota, as he hasn't practiced this week.
In fact, as our Raiders Rapid Reporter Eric Gilmore points out, McFadden actually hasn't practiced or played since he suffered an injury in the first quarter against Kansas City on October 23.
That's a long time, though it's not entirely surprising, considering that a "mid-foot sprain" isn't the type of injury that allows a player to get right back on the field.
Plus, Michael Bush has been quite impressive in McFadden's stead, averaging over 100 yards a game since replacing McFadden in Week 7, running for 352 yards on 66 attempts over the past three games.
The bigger concern for the Raiders then, might be on defense. They were gashed by Tim Tebow and Willis McGahee two weeks ago but held up nicely against the Chargers. The Chargers don't have Adrian Peterson however.
"The one thing that separates [Peterson] from a lot of guys is the way he can run with such power and authority but can run away from you as well, and he can make you miss," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "There are times when defenders really don’t want to tackle Adrian Peterson."
As Gilmore notes, in four losses, the Raiders have given up an average of 209.5 rushing yards. In their five wins? They've allowed just 69.6 yards on the ground to opponents.
It stands to reason, then, that Peterson, and not McFadden, is their biggest concern for Sunday.
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