OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders running back Justin Fargas was unable to celebrate his first 1,000-yard rushing season because he sprained his right knee shortly after reaching the milestone in Sunday's 21-14 loss to Indianapolis.
Fargas injured his knee on the drive that gave Oakland a 14-13
lead over the Colts. He stayed in the game after the injury and
scored on a 2-yard run to give the Raiders a lead they were unable
to hold onto.
"It should have been a good day for him, going over 1,000
yards," coach Lane Kiffin said. "I think he hit his knee and I
think he did it with about three plays left in that drive. ... Kind
of shows you who that guy is."
While Kiffin said he feared the injury was to the ACL, Fargas
said it was a much less serious MCL injury. He will undergo an MRI
on Monday to make sure.
"It's definitely the MCL," Fargas said. "It won't require
surgery. It's something we're going to have to check out tomorrow.
We'll come up with a rehab plan."
Fargas said he considered leaving the game after the injury but
decided to stay in and finish the drive.
"But I could smell the end zone, we had a good drive going and
I didn't want to quit on it," he said. "I really just prayed the
whole time, 'Keep my leg together and don't let anything bad
happen.' And we were able to finish the drive with a touchdown, so
I felt good."
Fargas finished the day with 26 carries for 89 yards, giving him
1,009 yards for the season. Reaching the milestone was especially
noteworthy because Fargas become the starter until the eighth game
of the season.
"It's a good accomplishment," Fargas said. "It's something as
a runner, you shoot for. But it's more of a tribute to our offense
and to our team and our guys up front. They make it happen. They've
done a great job all year, and I'm just trying to take advantage of
what they give me."
Fargas, who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the
season, is set to become the first player to lead Oakland in
rushing for consecutive years since Charlie Garner in 2001-02. He
finished with 659 yards rushing last season when LaMont Jordan
missed the final six games with a knee injury.
He had only 80 carries his first three seasons in the NFL,
spending much of the time on the bench before getting his chance
the past two seasons.