Darren McFadden likely won’t play until after week 7

Raiders running back Darren McFadden (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday night’s game against the Chargers.

Paul Guiterrez of ESPN.com doesn’t believe McFadden will be back until after week 7.

Realistically, McFadden likely will not play again until Oct. 27, at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That would give McFadden two-plus games and a bye week to heal after he pulled the hamstring in the first half against Washington last week.

“I think (sitting out is) going to help me out a whole lot,” McFadden said Friday. “But at the same time we’re just taking it day-to-day right now.

“Just walking around and stuff you can feel it a little bit. It’s tight, sore, so 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.”

McFadden is one of the NFL’s top running backs, but he can never stay healthy, which is why this is probably his final season in Oakland.