By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, October 19th, 2009 at 1:21 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Left guard Robert Gallery is facing the reality he won’t be ready to face the New York Jets and hopes to face the San Diego Chargers the following week.
Factoring in the an athlete’s natural tendency to think he’ll be back sooner than is realisitc, it’s looking like Gallery will probably be out until the Raiders host the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 15.
“I think the bye definitely, that period would definitely help, but I don’t think it’s out of the question before, either,” Gallery said. “We’ll know next week. If I can make the same progress I did this week, and it’s about feeling good and I can go out and be effective, and be able to do all the things I need to do.”
Gallery, who broke his left fibula against the Chiefs in Week 2, is doing drillwork on the field and his leg is supporting his body weight. He said he feels 10 to 15 percent better than he did last week. And while coach Tom Cable said he thought the surgical wounds to put in a protective plate was keeping his left guard on the sidelines, Gallery said it was the bone itself.
“It takes six weeks for a bone to heal,” Gallery said. “We’ll try and get back before then, but there’s not a lot more you can do.”
In the meantime, Gallery enjoyed his vantage point on the field for the 13-9 win over the Eagles, rather than sitting a private box drinking coffee and getting nervous.
“Winning kind of takes care of everything,” Gallery said. “It’s good to see. We did just enough on offense to pull that one out, and defense played great and won that game for us, along with Shane (Lechler) pretty much.
“We did what it took to win. It was a good win for us. It wasn’t real pretty, especially on offense, but a win’s a win.”
More to come following Tom Cable’s press briefing at 2 p.m. . . .