According to Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable, receiver Chaz Schilens visited a knee specialist Monday about the prospect of having surgery in the coming days. Cable said he thought the knee issue could have flared up as a result of Schilens overcompensating for his foot.
"I'm very concerned," Cable said. "It's been a tough road for him. We get through the foot thing now, and something else has kind of reared up on us. We'll take care of it and get him back as soon as we can."
Cable said he hopes Schilens will be back for the season opener Sept. 12 at Tennessee if he needs arthroscopic surgery.
Cable, who has been frustrated with the constant dropped passes in practice, said last week, "I still feel that there are too many on the ground. We fight that constantly. We're certainly improved in that area, but we've got to keep cleaning it up and cleaning it up."
With Schilens possibly out for a couple weeks, and with the continued problems plaguing Darrius Heyward-Bey and the slow progress of rookies Jacoby Ford, Yamon Figurs, Todd Watkins, and Nick Miller, it is obvious the Raiders are in need of a veteran presence in the locker room. Yes, in the game in Chicago, Louis Murphy had three catches for 53 yards, but he also missed a critical third-down pass that went right through his hands.
But who is out there that would be a help to the Raiders? They met with San Francisco 49ers castoff Brandon Jones before he signed with Seattle, but he has had injury problems himself, and the Raiders didn't need that. The list of healthy veteran available wide receivers is really slim.
While I was totally against the Raiders signing Terrell Owens during the offseason, I have to admit I have had second thoughts. His three catches for 67 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles Friday night showed he is still a valuable weapon in the right situation. However, I still believe the Raiders didn't need all the drama that comes with T.O. and are better off without him. And what the Raiders really need is a veteran wide receiver who is willing to help their young players develop. Because Owens still believes he can be a top receiver in the league, I don't think he would do well in that area.
The fact remains that the Raiders need a veteran wide receiver. But really, who is out there who is healthy, still able to play his position, and get results, and who would be willing to help the Raiders' cast of young receivers? I really don't have an answer to that, so I guess Raiders fans will just have to hope the team's young players get and stay healthy, and develop fast.
Or should the Raiders have signed Terrell Owens?