When the Raiders listened to Mel Kiper way back in 2004 and selected Iowa left tackle Robert Gallery with the second pick in the draft, it was assumed that they made the safest selection that day.
After being unable to keep his number off the lips of flag throwing officials, the Raiders realized that it was time to move Gallery. Insert Tom Cable and viola! Gallery has become one of the most dominant guards in the NFL.
Unfortunately for the Oakland Raiders, they’ll be without the soon-to-be Pro Bowler for the next 4 to 6 weeks after Gallery underwent surgery today for the broken fibula he suffered in the victory over the Chiefs on Sunday. Gallery also missed the beginning weeks of training camp after having to recovery from an emergency appendectomy.
Over the years, Gallery has sustained a number of injuries but has usually been able to play through most of them. Clearly, that is not an option this time around.
Coach Cable has yet to say how the team will handle Gallery’s absence over the next month. Initially it would appear that Samson Satele, the third year center acquired in a trade with the Miami Dolphins, will play center and Chris Morris will slide over to replace Gallery. The problem is that Satele has struggled in his transition into Cable’s zone blocking scheme, meaning this will be a crucial week of practice for all healthy member of the offensive line.
The other immediate concern is that Gallery’s presence will be sorely missed in the running game where he excels. One needs only to look at the way Gallery and the rest of the o-line dominated the Chargers on the Monday Night opener.
No matter the case, Gallery is out but thankfully Khalif Barnes is returning meaning that Cornell Green’s quest to commit a false start in every game he starts this season could be over soon.
It should be noted that Al Davis has not paid any credence to Mel Kiper’s opinion since the Gallery selection. Michael Crabtree should have known this before getting his hopes up on draft day this year.
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