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Monday, September 26, 2011
McFadden's injury is not serious

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The Oakland Raiders got good injury news the day after their biggest win in years.

Oakland coach Hue Jackson said he is not worried about the groin injury that caused star running back Darren McFadden to leave the Raiders’ 34-24 win over the New York Jets in the fourth quarter. That backs up what McFadden said Sunday.

That’s fantastic news for Oakland, which is heading into a huge game against visiting New England on Sunday. McFadden leads the NFL with 393 rushing yards. Also, receiver Jacoby Ford may soon be back. He’s missed the past two games with a hamstring injury. An interesting receiving crew will only get better with Ford in the picture.

In other AFC West nuggets upon my arrival home from San Diego on Monday:

The last time Mark Sanchez was in Oakland, in 2009, he left with a full belly and a win. Sunday, he left with a slightly broken nose and a loss. No hot dog for you, sir.

The already thin Chargers’ defensive front took a hit when Jacques Cesaire was lost for, at least, two games. Watch for the Chargers to look to someone who can play in the rotation while Cesaire is out.

New Denver coach John Fox is being questioned in Denver after a key fourth-quarter call backfired in a loss at Tennessee Sunday. Does this mean Fox was the wrong hire? Of course not. It just means he missed a call. Onto the next game. You can already see Fox’s toughness is rubbing off on his team. The Broncos are already improved on defense.

Monday, Fox didn’t hide from talking about the call.

“I think we have to coach it better; we’ve got to execute it better,” Fox said. “As I’ve mentioned many times, we’re still learning about our team. We could be sitting here 3-0, or we could be sitting here 0-3. We’ve had two three-point games and one two-point game. The reality is we’ve won one of them, and in the fourth quarter in both the first game and the most recent game, we didn’t make those plays; in the Cincinnati game, we did. Yesterday was no different. If you’re in the fourth quarter, first-and-goal at the two up 14-10, and you’ve got an opportunity to make it 21-10, as I mentioned yesterday, I’d do it again. Hopefully we execute it better, and then with a 14-10 lead, you can’t let an opponent go 95 yards and get the winning score. At the end of the day, it’s on all of us.”

Todd Haley is keeping the faith in Kansas City.

The Broncos took Sunday’s loss as hard as any in recent memory.

The Raiders got tricky Sunday in their win over the Jets. When you have speed players like the Raiders do, trick plays can be a serious weapon. Expect the Raiders to unleash the magic tricks often this season, which will sure worry defensive coordinators to no end during the week.