The Oakland Raiders are finally off to a hot start at 4-2, but while the rest of the AFC West was getting healthy on a bye week, the Raiders were getting banged up.
Quarterback Jason Campbell broke his collar bone on a seven yard scramble up the middle on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns and might not be able to play another snap this season.
With Baltimore Ravens throwaway Kyle Boller and Terrelle Pryor coming fresh off a five game suspension and having never taken an NFL snap, the Raiders are being forced to look elsewhere for someone to step in and keep the the ship sailing straight.
Hue Jackson's team are only half a game out of first place in their division. However, unless they get another QB to step in and start for them, the season could go down the drain in a hurry.
It appears that the team has picked a replacement. The only problem is that said replacement is not necessarily available.
Semi-retired Bengals QB Carson Palmer appears to be the apple of the Raiders' eye.
Early last week, with the trade deadline looming, Palmer again asked Bengals owner Mike Brown to trade him. Brown doesn't seem to want to give in.
Hue Jackson spent some time with the Bengals from 2004 to 2006 as a wide receivers coach. According to reports, Jackson has said he would like to bring Palmer into the Oakland fold if Brown would be willing to trade him.
Apart from the fact that Brown still doesn't seem willing to let go of his grudge with Palmer, the problem is that the Raiders are short on picks in 2012. They have no second, third or fourth-round picks in the upcoming draft and would have to work something out involving future picks and possibly some younger players.
It's not even clear if Palmer can still play at a high level. He hasn't really had a good season since 2007 and he hasn't taken a snap this season. Furthermore, he's currently "retired," even though he's still under contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.
However, what's certain is that even if he can't be the Palmer of old, he'd be a better option than Boller or Pryor at this point.
The Campbell injury is definitely a big setback for the resurgent Raiders, but bringing in a veteran QB like Palmer would certainly be a step in the right direction.
League-leading rusher Darren McFadden is having a great year, but without the threat of a legitimate passing game, he's not going to be able to carry this offense all by himself.
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