The Raiders Saturday released veteran running back Justin Fargas, leaving the teams backfield in the hands of backs Darren McFadden and Michael Bush. “Justin Fargas was a beloved Raider who performed at a high level throughout his seven seasons with the team and his contributions to the Silver and Black will always be remembered,” the team said in a statement announcing the move. “We wish Justin all the best.”
The team said Fargas failed a physical. Fargas was owed a $1.7 million bonus if he was still on the roster on Monday. It’ll now be up to McFadden to likely be the feature back, this after injuries slowed him down the first two years in the league to the point where he ran for just 856 yards and five touchdowns.
Fargas was second on the team in rushing with 491 yards and three touchdowns, averaging only 3.8 yards per carry. He had led the team in rushing the previous three seasons, with his best year coming in 2007 when he gained 1,009 yards on the ground and scored four touchdowns.
Fargas has run for 3,369 yards in seven seasons. He has averaged 4.1 yards per carry and scored 10 touchdowns. Reports say the team also will be releasing veteran DT Gerard Warren instead of paying him what he’s owed.