As if it weren’t painful enough to be a Raider fan these days, the football gods had to add injury to insult.
One day after the reports of Tom Cable landing a Rampage Jackson on the Chuck Liddell jaw of Randy Hanson came a blow that knocked the wind out of JaMarcus Russell.
Chaz Schilens was poised to be the breakout talent of the Raider receiving core. He stands 6’4”, has 4.3 second speed, hands like glue and route running you could set your Timex to. Schilens was becoming everything Darrius Heyward-Bey is supposed to be and at a fraction of the cost. Before Chaz could participate in the first practice against Bay Area rivals the San Francisco 49ers, he suffered a broken metatarsal in his foot in a non-contact drill.
The man who was the best receiver in camp by a country mile and who had a budding chemistry with JaMarcus Russell is out for four to six weeks. Heyward-Bey watch is now shifting to primetime and Javon Walker’s bionic knee had better be ready to go sooner than later.
Paging Zach Miller to the passing game, STAT!
Ray Ratto of the SF Chronicle calls the loss of Schilens more devastating than the news of Roger Goodell bringing in the Warren Commission to look into the incident that left Randy Hanson with a broken jaw and Tom Cable with a hoard of reports on his tail.
Schilens needs a miracle to get back on the field before the calendar flips to October and Cable needs an alibi to avoid hanging with Al Davis in the press box for the season opener.
All this and Frank Gore had a field day in practice running through the defense.
Now, Heyward-Bey is on the fast track. Hopefully his hands aren’t as fragile as Schilens’ foot.
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