In a move that surprised very few people, the Oakland Raiders declared running back Darren McFadden out for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. McFadden did some walking on Monday, but he never progressed beyond that and sat out another week's worth of practices.
McFadden has been sidelined since October 23 with a sprained foot. He was in a boot for a while but finally had that removed and continues his rehab. There has been no real timeline for his return, but given how long he has been out and not practicing, one would have to imagine he will need more than a few limited practices to get back on the field. Additionally, it will not be a matter of just throwing him out there and giving him a full rushing load. Michael Bush has shown he can handle the load, so the Raiders will take their time getting him back.
Michael Bush will once again handle virtually every carry for the Raiders. His primary backup has been Taiwan Jones, but he is now sidelined with a hamstring injury. That leaves Rock Cartwright and Marcel Reece as Bush's current backups. It is safe to say the Raiders will climb on Bush's back against Miami.
For more on the Raiders, head over to Silver & Black Pride.