2010 Oakland Raiders Training Camp: Injuries Start To Worry Some
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Going back to last preseason, Chaz Schilens was looked at as a horrible twist of fate. A good, talented player, he had a problem of not being able to be truly, fully healthy. Missing a good number of games, he did return in time to give the team 29 catches in eight games.
Now, from the news in Napa Chaz is more than likely out against the Titans in week one.
From the work Oakland did, they tried to play his foot injury with caution, only to cause a knee injury from over compensation. It's a difficult fact, but given that the Raiders haven't had him in either wins this post-season, getting Chaz back, earlier than week 9 would be a welcome sight. Losing him for a full year would be painful.
Samson Satele, the starting Center for Oakland, is out against the 49ers and anything beyond that is speculation. Injured against the Bears, Chris Morris entered the game and proceeded to fumble away the exchange, with the Bears on the next play to go 89 yards on Matt Forte's long run.
Some feel this might be the right time for Jared Veldheer to take over for the Raiders at center, but it also begs the question...with player, would be better served at Center, and which one would help the Raiders more at Tackle?
Jared has proven he's going to be valued, either place...but it would be advisable not to get him hurt in the preseason as well.
What does lead some to wonder, is how will these injuries affect the WR group we have? Will the idea of having Johnnie Lee Higgins be moved into the rotation at WR occur? Or will Tom Cable move Jacoby Ford up to this task? As it stands, the return game could use speed, but likewise is it a smart move to spread our options out too far?
Jay Richardson, as it stands may not even be much of a factor, considering his position on the depth chart. He sits behind some guy named Lamarr Houston...you know, that player who planted Tony Romo twice?
So far Oakland has only lost two players for the year, Johnathan Holland and Charlie Frye. Here's to hoping more players don't join them anytime soon, if ever.
--Some material courtesy of Steve Corkran, via Jerry McDonald's blog, Inside the Oakland Raiders
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