Last night’s loss in The City is shrouded in bad omens for the Oakland Raiders. There were few positives with a long list of negatives the most glaring of which had nothing to do with what happened on the field. While the aftermath of the Battle of the Bay has left a black eye on the faces of both Bay Area franchises, the Raiders seemingly stand alone as the most injury-prone team in the NFL.
Hue Jackson addressed the media via conference call to discuss the current state of his team. Jason Campbell’s health is the primary concern as he left the game with a head injury.
Jackson expects Campbell to pass the necessary concussion tests and tin time to practice Monday.
That’s the silver lining in the gray cloud.
The bad news is the already dismal red zone offense that is Oakland will be without one of its weapons as Kevin Boss is out for an undisclosed period of time with a knee injury.
As I said this is a bad omen type deal. So here is one that’s as bad as it gets when it comes to injuries. Jackson likens Boss’ recovery time to that of Chaz Schilens. That roughly puts Boss in the Raider wheelhouse of a week to a year.
The Raiders have been unable to find the end zone once they get into that infamous territory inside the 20-yard line. Already without three of their top receivers, not to mention their most valuable player on offense (Darren McFdden), the loss of Boss only adds to the offensive misery in the Easy Bay.
Nobody said it was going to be easy replacing the losses of Nnamdi Asomugha, Zach Miller and Robert Gallery. Problem is this challenging hill keeps getting steeper no thanks to injury. Including Boss, Oakland is now down at least a man in every unit.
The good news is we’ve still got a couple more weeks before the curtain goes up on the season. The bad news is there are only a couple of weeks to get ready for the season opener in Denver.
Good news. Bad news. That’s the early theme of this season.