With Chaz Schilens Out, Can Javon Walker Step Up For Oakland?

Bret ArmstrongAnalyst IAugust 18, 2009

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 28: Wide receiver Chaz Schilens #81 of the Oakland Raiders grabs a seocnd-quarter sideline pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 28, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Chaz Schilens hopped on his right foot into the Oakland clubhouse during Tuesday's scrimmage with the San Francisco 49ers.

He came out on crutches with a boot on his left foot. It is being said that he broke his fifth metatarsal in his that foot.

Schilens seems to be just as dejected by the news as Oakland fans will be. Schilens has had the best camp of all the Raiders' players so far, and showed a real knack for big play ability in the preseason opener Thursday night.

“It’s just a sharp pain,” Schilens said. “Couldn’t run any more so I knew something was wrong. It is what it is.”

Schilens stated the only way he would play opening day was, "if God does a miracle."

Bad news for the Raiders and their fans who were hoping Chaz would be a go-to-guy for JaMarcus Russell this season. It's not good when your expected No.1 receiver goes down this early in the season.

As of right now, there is no timetable for Schilens' return. He is expected to miss at least the first game, and probably two to three more after that.

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Www.physioroom.com says of the injury:

"The ultimate treatment of Metatarsal fractures varies depending on the type and location of the fracture. If the fracture is due to direct trauma and the fracture fragments are well aligned then the treatment is immobilisation in a removable plastic cast and non-weight bearing for six to eight weeks."

Now, Raider nation must hope that Javon Walker's knee and ankle are 100% as he has said they were. Javon is supposedly mentally sound this season too, after spending two and a half months in Israel earlier this year to clear his head, and get his mind right.

Javon was asked if he feels like he is at top speed out there, and he responded:

"...yeah, yeah and probably faster, you know every time you go through a rehab, you always come back physically stronger, you know, faster, because you're working all the muscles you normally don't work, when you're just normally training, you know, I feel great."

Walker went on to say that he is very eager to play with the quarterbacks and develop timing with them, especially JaMarcus Russell. He said he wants to show everybody JaMarcus' talents, and have JaMarcus making him look good as well.

"To get out there and just give them another weapon, as far as for what our young receivers have been doing, it's going to be tremendous for the team, and for ourselves as wide outs, and for the quarterbacks. And so, I'm excited about working with these guys."

Javon said he lived in Israel this year for about two and a half months. He continued on to describe his visit to the Sinai desert. "They say...in every part of history a great leader goes to the Sinai desert, and like relaxes, you know, thinks, gathers his thoughts."

Walker also went to the Dead Sea and "experienced a lot of things, took in a lot, developed a lot of different aspects of life, (that) I didn't know being just here. I can't wait to translate everything over to the field"

Walker is expected to bring it to the field in week three of preseason action against the New Orleans Saints. He is expected to start practicing with the team on Monday, two days after the San Francisco 49ers preseason game.

So, at least one of our "star" receivers feels good right now. Let's keep our hopes up for Chaz Schilens return, and keep our fingers crossed for Javon to actually be 100% in the meantime.

It's a sad day Nation, sorry.

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