ALAMEDA -- Hue Jackson and the incoming general manager are going to have a pressing issue on their hands this offseason when it comes to their running back stable.Michael Bush, who rumbled for a career-high 977 yards while starting nine games, will be an unrestricted free agent.Darren McFadden, who is a unique talent and one of the most explosive running backs in the game when healthy, cannot stay healthy."Well, it's a concern, but again, you've still got to look at how your team is set up," Jackson said Monday in his season-ending media conference. "Would I love to have Michael Bush back? Yes. Are you kidding me? The guy is tremendous. But Michael Bush is going to have some opportunities himself. Sometimes youre not in control of that, and I respect that. I think Michael loves it here and loves playing for the Raiders and being a part of this organization, but I think any young man in these situations, they're going to do whatever they think is best for themselves and their families."McFadden, meanwhile, has missed three, four, three and nine-plus games in his first four NFL seasons. He sprained his right mid-foot on the Raiders' opening drive against Kansas City on Oct. 23 and never returned, leaving gaping hole in Oakland's offense.So, is McFadden being so injury-prone a concern, since the Raider cannot depend on him for a full season?It's a concern," Jackson said. "Me talking to him, it's a concern of his, too, because he wants to be out there with his teammates competing and playing and helping contribute. Again, this was an unusual year -- not an offseason and going right to training camp and obviously him getting injured early in training camp and starting the season and, boy, he started the season like gangbusters. He was rolling pretty good and then all of a sudden here comes the next injury, and then we didn't have him anymore."And I know everybody said that's been his history. Hopefully we'll get over the hump. And I know it's been foot issues, per se. I know he's going to do his part, to do everything he can to make sure he has an opportunity to play 16 games, because that's what we need him to do. We need him to play 16 straight games to help us earn a 17th."
First it was Marshawn Lynch coming to the defense of Marcus Peters. Now, it appears the Oakland native is returning the favor.
The Chiefs cornerback will be speaking on behalf of Lynch during the Raiders' running back's appeal of his one-game suspension, according to multiple national reports. The appeal will take place on Monday.
Lynch was ejected in the second quarter of the Raiders' 31-30 victory over the Chiefs on Thursday night. After the Chiefs and Raiders saw themselves in a heated exchange from a controversial late hit by Peters on Derek Carr, Lynch ran off the sidelines and came to the defense of his close friend Peters with multiple Raiders going after the young defensive back.
But in doing so, Lynch put his hands on an official and was immediately ejected from the game. He was then handed his one-game suspension on Friday.
“They can say what they want to say, but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first," Peters said to Logan Murdock of The Mercury News on Thursday.
FOX Sports was first to report the news.
Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.
He’ll also be a spectator next week.
The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.
The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.
He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.
Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.
By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.
Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.
The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.
Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.
The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.
Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.
Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.
“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.
His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.
Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.
If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.