Stop me if you have heard this one: McFadden still hurt

With all due respect to Pete Townshend and the Who, I won’t be fooled again when it comes to Darren McFadden. A perennial names on the, “No, this is his year to breakout” list. McFadden has had more stops and starts than your average Christian Slater television pilot.

(And happy birthday to Slater, too.)

McFadden has been all promise and practically no delivery during his time with the Raiders. Things do not appear to be changing this year. Paul Gutierrez of the Sacramento Bee reports that McFadden has missed his 10th consecutive practice. McFadden insists it is not a big deal.

“At this point, it’s something I just need to take care of just so I don’t have to deal with it all season,” McFadden said. “So I’d rather get it healthy now, and then it won’t bother me all season.”

Well, I will get on my knees and pray, that we won’t get fooled again.

But I am not optimistic.

Some other injury notes here on a Wednesday.

  • Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno likely will return to practice next week, according to the Denver Post. Moreno is still expected to be ready for Week 1 for the suddenly running back-thin Broncos. Still, the presence of so many bodies and the tricky nature of hamstring injuries has me worried about Moreno. That and the fact that I do not have a reason to have a lot of confidence in coach Josh McDaniels, either.
  • Eagles RB LeSean McCoy has returned to practice, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. McCoy missed Tuesday’s practice with a quad contusion. Wow, that seems odd. Eagles diminutive running backs are never hurt. I am preaching caution with the Eagles’ second-year running back.
  • Bengals WR Antonio Bryant has been ruled out of the team’s third preseason game because of a knee injury (via the Cincinnati Enquirer). To think Terrell Owens bought No. 81 from Bryant when he joined the Bengals. And there are reports that Bryant could be released by the club. In case you are not following what I am writing here, this is not good news.
  • Cowboys WR Dez Bryant told that he will start working out next week (via the Dallas Morning News). Here’s the thing, high ankle sprains are not injuries you want your players to have. And combine that with being a rookie, and something tells me that Bryant will fail to make the impact that many believe he will this year. Let the Cowboys honk in your draft roll the dice on this guy.

Adam Rank

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