The preseason hasn’t been kind to the Raiders. After Saturday’s game, their first team has been crippled with injuries. Luckily the preseason is the time when the second team can step up and get in some playing time; it also means that the first team can get some necessary rest.
Quarterback Jason Campbell left Saturday’s game after getting clocked with a knee to the helmet. Concussion tests were run to assess the damage and Coach Jackson said that he anticipates Campbell being in practice on Monday. This was initially scary particularly because of the stinger that took Campbell out for part of the season last year.
Kevin Boss taking Zach Miller’s place at tight end was an overall good move, but now the depth at the position is in question. Boss is currently listed as week-to-week with a knee injury. There’s no word on whether he will be able to play in the home opener. Wide receiver Chaz Schilens is also week-to-week with a knee injury, but Coach Jackson has said that he could come back soon.
Jacoby Ford, one of the most electrifying and reliable players on the Raiders’ offense, has a broken hand. He was able to remove his hand brace this week and may be ready for the last preseason game and the season opener, but there’s no guarantee at this point.
Louis Murphy’s hamstring is still healing and won’t be ready in time for week 1. His injury leaves Darrius Heyward-Bey to be the main receiver for the season opener. DHB has looked good during preseason and will be essential once the regular season begins. Denarius Moore, third on the depth chart, has been playing like anything but a rookie, which is good since he may be starting week 1.
The good news is that last season the Raiders ran the ball very well and Darren McFadden is ready for game time. Michael Bush was critical to the team’s success last year and will be this year too. While the passing offense is healing, expect to see a lot of these two and rookie Taiwan Jones running the ball up the field.