Sometimes things come together in the most strange and mysterious ways. When Walter White had a burnout named Jesse Pinkman in his chemistry class he never thought that would become the most important relationship of his life…and inevitable death.
When the Oakland Raiders began the 2012 season insulted and injured it was looking like a slow death. Instead two straight wins, a steady improvement since the bye week and another year of the AFC West being the AFC Worst has actually resurrected hope.
Coming back around to the strange and mysterious way things work mumbo jumbo, suddenly the shorthanded Raiders could be getting healthy at the right time.
Veteran cornerback Ron Bartell is slated to make his return to practice this week after suffering a broken shoulder in the season opener. For Bartell it’s got to be a relief to get back to football. My man has had it rough the last two years. For the second straight season Bartell suffered a serious injury during the first game of the season.
Last time around Bartell’s neck injury shut him down for the rest of the regular season in St. Louis. This time around he’s fortunate enough to be able to play again.
Bartell isn’t the only Raider on the brink of return. Aaron Curry has to play this Sunday or the Raiders will be obligated to end his season per the new rules of the use of temporary IR.
All that bodes well for a defense that is getting better each week. Getting healthy only figures to strengthen a unit that is suddenly becoming a strength.
So just to clarify, I’m not saying Reggie McKenzie is Mr. White and Bartell is Pinkman. I’m just saying that you never know how things will turn out. Some beginnings are the exact opposite of their endings and some endings seem impossible given their beginning. We know how this season began for Oakland. After Sunday we’ll be halfway home with a much different outlook on how the ending just might shape up.