Injury Concerns Growing in Oakland

Getting through camp healthy is always the priority. With just one preseason game left until the curtain goes up on the 2010 season, the Oakland Raiders are trying desperately to keep priority number one in focus.

From the surgically repaired limbs of Michael Bush, Chaz Schilens and Jay Richardson to the neck and wrist injuries Jason Campbell sustained in the loss to the 9ers, there is reason for concern.

Bush is expected to be available for the season opener, Schilens…not so much. As for Campbell, well, the neck stinger looked more frightening however the wrist is the bigger concern.

With Charlie Frye lost for the season due to wrist surgery, hearing that JC has an ailing wrist isn’t exactly comforting. Sure, Bruce Gradkowski already looks like he’s in job stealing form again after an impressive performance on Saturday but losing Campbell for an extended period of time would be devastating.

As of now, Campbell is day to day but it would be wise to allow him to sit out the final preseason game. Tom Cable is downplaying the injury, but it is certainly something to keep an eye on in the coming days.  

If there is a silver lining in all the gray clouds looming in the distance it would be the performance of those that have stepped in for their injured counterparts. Lamarr Houston has played extremely well with the extended time he’s seen in place of Richardson. Both Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey are making Schilens an after thought while the Big Gradkowski played some great football in place of Campbell.

Darren McFadden’s first preseason outing was impressive in some areas, inconsistent in others. None the less, he’ll be featured much more prominently if Bush is unable to practice in the coming weeks.

Just one game left and it’s a short week for the Raiders who take on the Seahawks on Thursday meaning there isn’t much time for healing. Since it is the final preseason game, the starters will not play much if at all but anything can happen when the ball is snapped. Here’s hoping that we’ve seen the last of the injury concerns for this preseason.

Topics: Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, Chaz Schilens, Darren McFadden, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jason Campbell, Jay Richardson, Lamarr Houston, Louis Murphy, Michael Bush, Tom Cable

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  • JSpicoli

    Richardson looks ok now and played Saturday night. DMC needs to catch the ball out of the backfield or as a WR, Bush needs some time off to heal, regardless of what they say. It is a long season, and we should keep Bennett as insurance, because DMSkinny can’t run between the tackles, and I like Campbell, but will not be bummed if Grad’s ends up coming in to QB. Grads looked great Saturday night.

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  • Dave

    Losing campbell would not be devastating. It would be a good thing. Gradkowski is a far better QB right now and always will be. We play harder. We score more. It’s funner to watch.

    What’s not to like about Bruce?

    Campbell’s about as interesting as watching grass grow. And the players don’t play hard when he’s in there. Think: Aaron Brooks.

  • Chris Shellcroft

    Dave,

    I agree that Gradkowski looked better last week but Campbell is the starter so losing him would be huge as he needs as much time as possible to continue to get comfortable in the offense.

    JC has gotten better each week.

    For now, his wrist doesn’t seem too serious so perhaps this is nothing to worry about any way.