Updates from Sunday, Sept. 7
The Raiders confirmed Matt Schaub is active for Week 1:
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 28
Albert Breer of NFL.com reported on Matt Schaub's health:
Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub was absent from team practice Sunday due to continued problems with his sore right (throwing) elbow.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Schaub has been diagnosed with tendonitis:
Head coach Dennis Allen later spoke about Schaub's condition (via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle):
Schaub also spoke on his health on Monday (via Tafur):
Schaub, 33, has struggled throughout the preseason and has had particular troubles with downfield passing. He has completed only one of his six passes that traveled 20 or more yards in the air, per Pro Football Focus (subscription required), while consistently dinking and dunking his way down the field.
In his most extensive work of the preseason, Schaub completed 13 of 27 passes for 110 yards in Friday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. Forty of his 110 yards came on one pass play to Denarius Moore. His 12 other completions totaled just 70 yards, and the Raiders' only offensive touchdown with Schaub in the game came on a 45-yard run from Maurice Jones-Drew.
"There are a lot of areas that we've got to improve on in the passing game," Allen told reporters. "We've got to make sure we're precise on our routes. We've got to be able to make plays in a contested environment. We've got to be able to do a great job in protection. We've got to be able to make the throws when we have an opportunity to make a throw."
Oakland's first-team offense has not had much success this preseason. It has scored two offensive touchdowns, while the second-team and third-team units have both had a surprising amount of success. Third-stringer Matt McGloin led the Raiders on two touchdown drives with less than three minutes remaining in Friday's 31-21 loss at Lambeau.
Backup Derek Carr, who did not play against Green Bay due to sore ribs, has also been solid in limited action. Carr was the Raiders' second-round pick and was expected push Schaub in camp.
The veteran has been able to stave off the competition for now, but it'll be interesting to see how this plays out when the regular season starts. Tendonitis is not typically an injury that goes away overnight. It's a lingering condition that may alter Schaub's ability to push the ball downfield. If that proves to be the case, the Carr era could begin sooner than anyone thought.
Either way, for the second straight preseason, the Raiders are stuck with doubts about their veteran quarterback acquisition.
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