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.
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.