Posted by Josh Alper on August 22, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT
Earlier this month, Raiders running backDarren McFadden argued that his injury history was a matter of bad luck and not some personal failing that causes him to miss a chunk of every season.
It would seem that the Raiders agree. There are no plans in place to hold McFadden back this season in hopes of protecting him from injuries and the team isn’t going to do it in the preseason either. Coach Dennis Allen explained the team’s feelings during an appearance on the NFL Network, via Vic Tafur of theSan Francisco Chronicle.
Whether you believe McFadden is uncommonly injury prone or not, there’s not much argument with Allen’s approach to handling him once it comes to the regular season. There isn’t a great difference between McFadden not being available because of injury or because his playing time is being limited by the coaching staff when the end result is McFadden not being on the field for the Raiders.
As for the preseason, the Raiders have seen plenty to assure them that McFadden is ready to go after last year’s foot injury. The remaining preseason action might be the time to focus on setting the rest of the running back depth chart.