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Posted on: November 15, 2010 9:06 pm
 

Jason Campbell still starting for Raiders

Posted by Will Brinson

Jason Campbell's got a Tom Cable vote of confidence (again) -- the Raiders coach announced Monday that Campbell would continue to start for Oakland following their return from their bye week.

This is logical, since, you know, the Raiders can't stop winning.

Bruce Gradkowski had originally been given the old "when he's healthy he'll start" order from Cable, but Campbell's been too good to bench.

Or at least, too not terrible during a stretch in which the Raiders climbed into first place in the AFC West -- no one ever expected Campbell to be Peyton Manning when he came to Oakland, but cutting down on mistakes and looking competent were supposedly part of the package.

Now that he's playing well, it would be utterly senseless to pull him from the starting lineup.

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 9:18 am
 

Report: Al Davis pushing Cable to start Campbell

Posted by Will Brinson

Jason Campbell's run as Oakland's starting quarterback over the past three games has given everyone plenty of pause to think he might need to keep getting burn, even if Bruce Gradkowski is healthy.

Tom Cable initially said that Gradkowski, once he recovered, would start, but he's been flopping a bit about that recently and, according to Steve Corkran of the Oakland Tribune, Cable's getting pressure from Al Davis to keep starting Campbell.

"Mr. Davis likes what Jason has done the past month and doesn't see the need to change when things are going well," Corkran's source told him. "He thinks Jason is a classic fit for the Raiders style of play."

So, breaking: Al Davis likes to meddle and really likes Jason Campbell!

Neither of those is actually news, however it's kind of sad/scary/standard to see Davis sticking his nose in personnel business just as the Raiders start to get hot and look like a contender beyond August.

That's not to say he doesn't have the right to do it; he does own the team and he did bring Campbell in, after all. But Cable's shown a knack for at least figuring out how to motivate the former first-rounder (bench him!), and actions that take away from the coach's authority in the middle of the season can't be considered beneficial to the team as a whole.

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 11:50 pm
 

Week 9 injury report analysis Part IV

Posted by Andy Benoit

Colts @ Eagles
D. Jackson (US Presswire)
These days, it’s almost easier to list which Colts players are NOT injured. Actually, there’s only one that needs to be mentioned: Peyton Manning. He’s fine, so the Colts are fine.

Though if you MUST know more details, Anthony Gonzalez went on IR with a knee, but Austin Collie (finger) could be back this week, so it’s all a wash. Joseph Addai (shoulder) is doubtful; Mike Hart is unavaila nble after not practicing on a bad ankle all week. Cornerbacks Jerraud Powers and Justin Tryon did not practice either, due to foot injuries (or would it be feet injury?). LB Clint Session, who deserves serious Pro Bowl consideration, was hoping he could fight through a dislocated elbow and fractured forearm, but he’s out Sunday.

The Eagles have Michael Vick 100 percent healthy now that his rib injury has healed. The hope is that Vick’s favorite target, DeSean Jackson, will be able to return from his Week 6 concussion. Jackson practiced and is probable. LT King Dunlap is out with a knee, but fortunately, the man Dunlap was filling in for, Jason Peters, is back from his own knee injury. No Ellis Hobbs (hip) for Philly, which is crucial because he has always killed the Colts as a return man.

Chiefs @ Raiders

Dexter McCluster was limited in practice for the Chiefs with a high ankle sprain. The rookie did not play last week and it would probably behoove the team to be safe and sit him one more game.

Speaking of ankle sprains, Raiders superstar Nnamdi Asomugha has one. He sat out practice all week and is doubtful. It’s actually amazing Asomugha’s status is even that hopeful; on Monday, speculation was he’d miss about a month. Tight end Zach Miller was on crutches during the week and is doubtful (i.e. 99 percent certain to be out) with a foot injury.

Wideouts Louis Murphy (chest) and Chaz Schilens (knee) remain sidelined. Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski’s shoulder is still not 100 percent, which is why Jason Campbell gets the nod. Most people believe the hot-handed Campbell should keep the job anyway. This gives us a chance to pass along this tidbit from Mike Tanier, arguably the funniest football expert in the biz:

“Of course, leave it to Oakland to get stage fright after a two-game winning streak: the team was considering benching Jason Campbell in favor of Bruce Gradkowski, generating a quarterback controversy for its own sake. The Raiders ultimately decided to go with Campbell, but have said Gradkowski will return as the starter when healthy. With decisions like these, they’ll be back to punchline status by Thanksgiving.”


Cowboys @ Packers

Does anyone care who plays and doesn’t play for the Cowboys at this point? (Included in that “anyone” are the 53 Cowboys themselves.) Out of principle, we’re going to skip right ahead to the Packers.

For only the second time in a little over six years, the Packers will take the field without wide receiver Donald Driver. The veteran was ineffective the past two games trying to fight through a quad injury. Defensive lineman Ryan Pickett will once again test his injured ankle. RT Mark Tauscher remains questionable with a shoulder injury (first-round rookie Bryan Bulaga has started in place of him the past four weeks). Both starting linemen on the left side, T Chad Clifton (hamstring) and G Daryn Colledge (back), are probable. Despite constantly battling for his job, Colledge actually has a 72-game consecutive starts streak that he’s continuing to build on.

Steelers @ Bengals

DE Aaron Smith (out, triceps) is the only Steeler listed on the injury report. The Bengals’ injury report reads like the first string of the defensive depth chart. S Roy Williams, CB Johnathan Joseph, DT Tank Johnson, LB Keith Rivers, S Chinedum Ndukwe, DE Jonathan Fanene and DE Frostee Rucker are all banged up. Their status for Monday night has not yet been declared.

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 1:03 pm
 

Hot Routes 11.05.10 NFL election week news

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit


Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll is the son of Florida's new Lieutenant Governor-elect, Jennifer Carroll.



A column mentioning that a player’s cellphone went off when Wade Phillips was giving a speech about discipline. (And apparently Phillips let it slide.)



Ross Tucker, a rising NFL analyst who offers fantastic insight, uses a firsthand experience he had as a Cowboy to argue for why Wade Phillips needs to be fired right now.



The Chargers added a desperately-needed wide receiver Thursday: veteran Kelley Washington. And, so far, all reports indicate that Washington has not yet suffered a hamstring injury. So he should be good to go Sunday. He can also help out those downtrodden special teams.



Donte’ Stallworth is turning into Socrates.



Neither Detmer brother, Ty nor Koy, made the NFL’s Top 100 Players of All-Time list.



Neither did Phil Dawson, though some believe he’s at least the greatest kicker in Browns history.



Packers LG Daryn Colledge could see his streak of 72 consecutive starts end this Sunday (he’s dealing with a back issue -- at least he was able to practice Friday). Packer fans might be saying, “72 straight starts? Ha! Big deal! We once had a quarterback here who started…you know what, never mind.”



The South Florida media enjoys the weekly Thursday visits with Brandon Marshall.



Believe it or not, but the Saints have not defeated the Panthers two times in a row in five years.



A great matchup this Sunday will be Jets underrated right guard Brandon Moore against Lions sensational rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.



Bruce Gradkowski is making progress with his shoulder, but Tom Cable is still going with Jason Campbell against the Chiefs this week.

Will this be the week Andy Reid suffers his first head coaching loss after a bye?



NFL Players recently voted James Harrison as the hardest hitter in the league. (It’s not known whether illegal hits were included or not included in the players’ decision.)


Niners LB Takeo Spikes and CB Shawntae Spencer had a heartfelt Q and A in front of the media recently.


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Posted on: November 4, 2010 7:02 pm
 

Campbell will start at QB for Raiders

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The suspense is over. Raiders coach Tom Cable announced today that Jason Campbell will start for Oakland when it plays host to Kansas City on Sunday.

As Brian McIntyre points out, Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski – who’s been out with a shoulder injury – split the first-team snaps at Wednesday’s practice. But Campbell took over all the snaps Thursday, as Gradkowski continues to recover.

Plus, would it be smart to send Campbell to the bench anyway? After all, he’s helped direct Oakland to back-to-back 500-yard games in two huge wins. Yet, Cable still contends that when Gradkowski is healthy enough to play, he and not Campbell will be the starter.

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Posted on: October 30, 2010 10:25 pm
 

Week 8 injury report analysis Part IV

Posted by Andy Benoit

Vikings @ Patriots

You may have heard that there is some question as to whether Brett Favre will play on his fractured ankle. With the exception of a few limited drills on Friday, Favre did not practice all week. But he expects to play. The only other Vikings who are classified as anything worse than “probable” are CB Lito Sheppard and G Chris DeGeare. But nobody cares about either of those guys because they’re not Brett Favre.

Read into the Patriots injury report what you will. RB Fred Taylor (toe) and S Jarrad Page (calf) are both out. WR Deion Branch (hamstring), S Patrick Chung (knee) and DE Mike Wright (knee) are questionable. Expect Branch and Chung to play. Also, in true Patriot spirit, QB Tom Brady is probable with a right shoulder.

Seahawks @ Raiders

Five of Seattle’s questionable players did not participate in practice: OT Russell Okung (ankle), CB Kelly Jennings (hamstring), DT Brandon Mebane (calf), RB Michael Robinson (hamstring) and CB Walter Thurmond (head). The Jennings and Thurmond injuries catch your eye because it could mean Seattle has to rely heavily on undrafted second-year pros Roy Lewis and Nate Ness. Expect backup safety Jordan Babineaux to get work at corner (Babineaux has been very effective in this role before).

The injuries at cornerback may actually be offset by Oakland’s injuries at wide receiver. Louis Murphy (chest) and Chaz Schilens (knee) are both out. Backup wideout Nick Miller (ankle) and go-to guy Zach Miller are also questionable (foot). Both were limited in practice this week. The man in charge of throwing these players the ball, QB Bruce Gradkowski, is questionable with the shoulder problem that has sidelined him the past few weeks.

Steelers @ Saints

Saints running backs Reggie Bush (fibula) and Pierre Thomas (ankle) are both out. Both players are frustrated, as they originally expected to be back by now. An X-ray last.

Saturday revealed that Bush’s fibula still had a visible fracture; Thomas is currently on crutches.

The Saints do not expect to get star cornerback Jabari Greer back this week. He’s listed as doubtful after sitting out Week 7 with a shoulder injury. The good news is No. 2 corner Tracy Porter IS expected to return after missing the last three games with a knee injury.
Aside from starting defensive ends Brett Keisel (hamstring) and Aaron Smith (triceps), the Steelers are healthy. Keisel and Smith may not be household names, but they’re significant pieces in Dick LeBeau’s defense. This will be the first time that Pittsburgh truly leans on first-round pick Ziggy Hood.

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 7:35 pm
 

Boller could be the Raiders next starter

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One quarterback – the starter who replaced the starter because the original starter was no good – is still hurt, out with a sprained A/C joint in his shoulder. The original starter who had to start once again was terrible in the Raiders loss to the 49ers Sunday, and in the midst of it all, he hurt his knee.

That means Oakland might be getting yet another starter.

Boller Yes, third-stringer Kyle Boller – who you might remember from his five-season, 53-game stint as the starter in Baltimore – might take over the reins in Oakland in lieu of Bruce Gradkowski (still out with a shoulder injury) and Jason Campbell (who was impressively unimpressive vs. San Francisco).

Boller could start perhaps even if Campbell, coming off an awful 8-of-21, 83-yard, two-interception performance, is healthy enough to play. That’s what happens, though, when your quarterback rating is 10.7.

“I always take the approach that it’s your job – it doesn’t matter what position you play or what position you are on the depth chart - to be prepared, because you never know when your time’s coming,’’ Boller told the Contra Costa Times. "I’ve done a pretty good job with watching tape and staying in the game plan, because it’s also our job to help out the guys that are in there. And they need you to know what’s going on.”

Campbell underwent an MRI on his left knee Monday, and there was no structural damage found. Still, coach Tom Cable said Boller absolutely has a chance to start. And, with the way Campbell has played this season, he probably should.

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 3:58 pm
 

Bush starting for Oakland, McFadden '50-50'

Posted by Will Brinson

Michael Bush, fresh off a very solid performance against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, will remain the starter against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 6, according to coach Tom Cable.

Via our Oakland Rapid Reporter Eric Gilmore, Darren McFadden says he is "50-50" to play Sunday.

"I'm still feeling it right now," McFadden said of the hamstring injury. "I haven't gone out there and tried to go 100 percent."

As we wrote yesterday, it makes a lot of sense for the Raiders to take their time with McFadden -- Bush is a completely capable back and more physical than McFadden. Additionally, hamstring injuries have a way of not healing through additional wear and tear.

As for the quarterback situation, it looks like Jason Campbell will get the nod in place of the injured Bruce Gradkowski.

"That’s yet to be totally determined, but it looks that way right now until we know exactly what’s happening with Bruce," said OC Hue Jackson.

Campbell struggled early during the season but looked like the quarterback the Raiders hoped he would be while leading the team to a win against the Chargers Sunday.

And in good news, if/when he starts hearing the old boo birds chirping on Sunday, he can probably just assume it's for Alex Smith.
 
 
 
 
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