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Raiders lose another starting running back to hamstring injury

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Another Raiders starting running back falls victim to a hamstring injury on their home field.

Thearon W. Henderson

In week four against the Redskins, the Raiders lost starting running back Darren McFadden to a hamstring injury. He left during the second quarter and didn't return. He then was out all week and inactive for the game Sunday night.

Taking McFadden's place as the starter against the Chargers was Rashad Jennings - and it was a bad case of déjà vu. Rashad Jennings left the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and didn't return.

The Raiders have been saying Darren McFadden's injury is minor and he is day to day, but from the sounds of it, we aren't likely to see him back for a couple weeks.

It's just one of those things. Hamstrings are tricky injuries," McFadden said Friday. "So you want to just be careful with them. . . Just walking around and stuff you can feel it a little bit. It's tight, sore, so hamstrings are one of those things you want to be careful with. I'd rather miss one or two games than to come back and pop it and miss four or five."

The Raiders have one more game before their bye week which means it the game October 27 against the Steelers is the target date for his return. This means with Rashad Jennings out, the Raiders could be in a tough situation next week against the division rival Chiefs.

This same thing happened last season when McFadden went down. He was replaced by Mike Goodson who then also went down. In their stead, fullback Marcel Reece started at running back with Jeremy Stewart also receiving carries. Barring some unlikely roster move that's what will happen again.