Stop me if any of this sounds familiar.
The Raiders open training camp with high expectations for Chaz Schilens. Some freak injury occurs that doesn’t appear serious but warrants enough concern to let Schilens rest. The team establishes a timeline for his return that seems to linger well into the regular season. Flash forward to the month of November and Schilens is finally healthy enough to play. He has some moments of brilliance that make you wonder what could be if Schilens were healthy for an entire season. The next season begins and the entire process repeats itself.
Well…here we are again…
Same old song. This is one broken record that keeps skipping.
Schilens was once again poised to potentially have the breakout year Raider Nation has been waiting breathlessly for. Unlike last year, while Chaz was still recovering from knee surgery, he has been able to participate in every day of camp. Then, on a nothing of a reverse play that lost a yard, Schilens hurts his knee in the first preseason game.
The diagnosis? A knee sprain. The timeline? Day to day.
This is annual tradition now. Schilens gets hurt and the Raiders put forth a timetable that always falls well short of just when we’ll see the best of the young receivers back on the field.
If the injury requires 2 to 4 weeks, just consider it 2 to 4 months. If the injury calls for 2 to 4 months of recovery, just call it 4 to 8 months.
So what to make of a day to day diagnosis?
To me this reveals the Raiders are finally at the point where they know Schilens cannot be counted on. At no fault of his own, Chaz Schilens is just injury prone much like Darren McFadden. However unlike McFadden, Schilens has yet to show all he can do.
Problem is there is no telling if we’ll ever see what Schilens can do. We’ve seen brief glimpses of his talent but only enough to tease of what could be.
Hopefully this is just a minor setback that will resolve itself well before the season begins. Fact of the matter is the Raiders have tried every approach to keep Schilens healthy and no matter what we always end up right back here singing the same old Schilens song.