COMMENTARY | Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden reportedly suffered a hamstring injury in the team's disappointing 24-14 loss to the Washington Redskins this past Sunday. McFadden was injured early in the game and didn't return to the field for action, but the good news is the injury isn't serious.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported McFadden's hamstring injury wasn't a "major one" and his status for the Raiders' game this Sunday against the (2-2) San Diego Chargers appears to be bright. The Raiders having their play maker in McFadden will definitely help the team bounce back from this week's loss where they led for the first two quarters of the game before completely unraveling.
The offense appeared to struggle for the entirety of the game under reserve quarterback Matt Flynn where they failed to put up a single point after shooting out the gate with 14 unanswered points in the first quarter.
However, this week should be different as it appears the Raiders will have their other dynamic game-changer in Terrelle Pryor to signal call the offense.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Pryor's status is looking good as he continues to recover from his concussion injury. The Raiders expect him to be ready for the game on Sunday as they'll need him to fall back into the groove of leading them with his electrifying abilities to move the chains. Pryor's production this season has been solid where he's averaging a QBR of 86.7 and 208 yards per game. If Pryor can return to the field and pick up where he left off in his growth as a quarterback it should help the Raiders' offensive woes.
McFadden and Pryor returning in the lineup this week should kick start the Raiders' offense from last week and get them back on track. There's still a lot of season left to play and if they can pull a win out against a division foe it will help them catch up in the standings of the competitive AFC West.
Chad Bertrand is a Los Angeles-based sports writer that covers the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Lakers. You can read more of his work on RaidersTribune.com and LakersNation.com.
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