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Expect Bush to be out awhile

Note: I’ll be involved with a live chat during the course of the game and will post a wrapup later this evening.

Based on what information is available regarding the fractured thumb of running back Michael Bush, it’s highly unlikely he’d be ready to play in the opener and could miss up to a quarter of the season or more.

Bush broke his thumb on his last carry when 49ers safety Michael Lewis hit him with his helmet, with coach Tom Cable saying it was fractured following the game and saying Monday “he’ll need a procedure on it, and whether that keeps him out or not remains to be seen.”

On his Twitter account, Bush said it was a “Bennett fracture” and even showed pictures of himself before surgery.

Cable has since declined to discuss the injury and wouldn’t confirm the surgery had taken place.

According to Dr. Michael Schwartz, an orthopedic surgeon based in New York who is the team doctor for Hofstra University and has served in that capacity for the New Jersey Dragons of the Arena Football League and the New York Islanders of the NHL, a time span of four to six weeks following surgery would be a “best case scenario,” conceding he was speaking in general terms and did not know the specifics of Bush’s injury.

Schwartz said surgery for a “Bennett’s fracture” would normally entail have screws inserted into the bone to speed the healing process, and theye’d be left in once it healed and the player returned to action. The fracture as it the base of the first metacarpal bone where “it articulates with the bones in the wrist.”

If Bush were to be out four weeks from the time of surgery, he would be available to practice for the in the days preceding the Houston Texans game on Oct. 3 in Week 4.

Six weeks would mean Bush could be ready to face the 49ers on On Oct. 6 in Week 6.

Schwartz said that in the case of a lineman or linebacker, the injured player could be fitted with a “club” and be back in two to three weeks.

Bush’s health will affect how the Raiders approach their final cutdown, which takes place Saturday. They are more likely to keep both Rock Cartwright and Michael Bush, rather than releasing one of them, to provide depth behind Darren McFadden.

The Raiders also could be on the lookout for running backs released by other teams (Justin Fargas, anyone?).

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  • SharkCatcher

    We might need to pick up a few linemen and a solid full back during the waiver wire

  • fat kidd

    yamon figurs #13 thats a lucky number

  • Thec07

    Gotto go for it…

  • SharkCatcher

    bonaford wr two nice plays on tape for another team

  • 30 year raider

    # 30 year raider Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    # 860Todd Christensen Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    30, relax, please, does it matter?
    ##############################
    IF ITS THE 1ST string kickoff team we have some problems 860

  • weaselbit

    THAT was fun

  • fat kidd

    39 seattle is he up chuckin

  • weaselbit

    here we go!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    #10 > DMAC

  • fat kidd

    oh yeah dont interview any raiders

  • aig-raiders

    GO HAWAII

  • fat kidd

    he cant make it unless pushed from behind

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Lewis = dirty. Future Raider?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    roy lewis giving his best roy williams impersonation

  • Thec07

    Was that roughing the passer?

  • fat kidd

    penalties not going against us are these refs on the payroll?

  • fat kidd

    nice stiffarm bennett

  • weaselbit

    they always penalize Raiders more

    evrybdy knows

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    horrible

  • fat kidd

    who called that play?

  • SharkCatcher

    I like Marcel but I dont know if he can lead block.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    pick

  • http://www.JasonTheSnakeCampbell.com Random Drug Tester

    and that is a classic example of why the ZBS sucks

  • Thec07

    Shuld have switched to power..

  • weaselbit

    bad choice

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    This O line suks, drill it in?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    Oh well. After tonight our record will be 0-0.

  • 30 year raider

    here comes the stevie brown pick!!

  • weaselbit

    good interview

  • fat kidd

    i hear a fat lady singing

  • 30 year raider

    it was close

  • Thec07

    pete carroll has aged 20 years allready…

  • SharkCatcher

    The Raiders have to punch the Titans in the mouth on sunday. I’d like to see the Raiders come with that same energy they had last year week 1 against Sd

  • 30 year raider

    ok colt brennan is gone

  • 30 year raider

    well at least cable wont be accused of running up the score

  • Thec07

    biggest run so far 16 yards, however to many big pass plays of 30+ yards…

  • VanHeathen

    No film for Brennan = Practice Squad?

  • 30 year raider

    gnite guys

  • Thec07

    LTR 30…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    # 30 year raider Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    ok colt brennan is gone
    ……..

    was he really ever here?

  • weaselbit

    Carroll looks like he’s on crack

  • http://www.JasonTheSnakeCampbell.com Random Drug Tester

    Bennett might be a good sub for Bush until he gets back.

  • weaselbit

    Bennett looks better than MCFad

    but then again scrubs were in

  • fat kidd

    there is something you dont see every day!a victory formation

  • fat kidd

    Titans we going too mess you up.

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    RRRRRRAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIDDDDDDDDDDEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRSSSSSS!!!

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png r8eray

    I could get used to this thing called “winning!”

  • Thec07

    Team overall looks way better than previous 7…

  • RaiderRetribution

    Wrs may actually be a position of strength: Murphy, Heyward-Bey, w/ Ford Schilens Higgins and Miller.

    If Bush is out we are actually deeper at WR than RB

  • priesttj

    Thec07

    I’m telling ya’ if teams play us thinking we can’t beat them throwing they will be in for a rude awakening. The only thing I have any reservations about right now is MBush’s affect on team this team. He is such a beast that not having him we might struggle a bit running if he’s out too long.