Raiders optimistic Javon Walker will be at training camp

Eddie GriffinSenior Analyst IJune 19, 2008

wide receiver is out of a Las Vegas hospital and back in the Oakland area after a weekend of partying in Sin City that left him beaten, mugged and unconscious near the strip. He was treated for a concussion and facial injuries.

Walker will be examined by the team’s medical staff and should be with the club Thursday on the last day of organized team activities, although obviously not participating. But the Raiders expect him to be OK by training camp, which begins July 25.

“The information I have at this point is he’s going to be fine,” coach said. “Training camp won’t even be an issue. But until our guys look at him, I don’t want to say (the extent of Walker’s injuries).”

First reports had Walker suffering a fractured orbital socket, which undoubtedly would preclude him from participating in camp.

In a statement released by his agent, Walker is “quickly recovering in a private environment,” and is looking forward to “getting back to his family and teammates and is looking forward to the start of the upcoming season.”

Walker signed a six-year, $55 million deal with the Raiders after the Denver Broncos released him in February. He participated in some offseason work, though Kiffin said recently that Walker was “a little heavy” for workouts.

Las Vegas Police said Tuesday that Walker, 29, appeared to be targeted and that police have two possible suspects. They have not been identified and no arrests have been made.

“We don’t believe this is a random act,” Las Vegas police Lieutenant Clint Nichols said. “They knew who he was and he presented a target.”

Nichols said Walker told police $3,000 in cash and $100,000 in jewelry was stolen from him.

Walker reportedly told the Web site what happened: “I was just back at my room and at about 5:30 in the morning I got a knock at the door. I opened it and 3 guys with guns were there. They cracked me in the head a few times, knocking me unconscious. They then robbed me of everything I had; my watch, money, everything! Somehow they got me to a car and dropped me off in the street. That’s what happened.”

Some are questioning that account, however, noting that Las Vegas Strip hotels have heavy security and surveillance cameras everywhere. A spokesperson for the Bellagio, where Walker was saying, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that for the incident to happen and go undetected “would be pretty extraordinary.”