ALAMEDA — Darren McFadden missed a third consecutive day of practice Friday because of a hamstring injury, making it all but certain the Oakland Raiders will be without their top running back for Sunday night's game against San Diego.
McFadden has been out of action since getting hurt early in the first half of Oakland's 24-14 loss to the Washington Redskins last Sunday. He is listed as doubtful on the team's injury report.
"He's gotten closer," coach Dennis Allen said. "If he can be effective he'll be in there and play. If he can't be, then he won't be. It's really pretty simple."
Allen said that McFadden's status would be a game-time decision.
McFadden, however, sounded less optimistic when speaking to reporters, saying he still feels pain just from walking.
"You can feel it a little bit. It's tight, sore," McFadden said. "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."