Could be Boller’s turn next


With the Raiders having already gone from Jason Campbell to Bruce Gradkowski to Campbell again, can Kyle Boller be far behind?

Judging from Gradkowski’s level of activity during the media window Thursday, Boller will be backing up Campbell against the San Francisco 49ers.

And given that quarterbacks are often put in a compromising position in terms of injury, and that Hue Jackson and Tom Cable didn’t hesitate to give Campbell the hook when things weren’t going well, Boller could find himself getting on the field for the first time since the preseason.

Boller was getting work in a walk-through setting along with Campbell, while Gradkowski was a spectactor. If Gradkowski isn’t healthy enough to start, his arm isn’t going to feel any better as a backup _ meaning Boller is the likely No. 2.

Players who weren’t practicing were defensive tackle John Henderson (stress fracture), linebacker Travis Goethel (lower back), wide receiver Chaz Schilens (knee), linebacker Thomas Howard (knee) and running back Michael Bennett.

Bennett was jogging on a separate field as practice began.

Left guard Robert Gallery was with the first team defense at left guard, while Darren McFadden got in some work at the less-than-half speed walkthrough pace.

“I’m still feeling it right now,” McFadden said before practice began. I haven’t gone out there and tried to go 100 percent . . . I’m still working and taking my time with it.”

Asked if he thought he could play, McFadden said, “It’s up in the air right now,” and when asked if the odds were 50-50, he agreed.

Boller had a training camp that was solid enough for coach Tom Cable to say he’d pulled even with the injured Gradkowski in the competition to be Campbell’s backup. Gradkowski moved ahead with solid preseason performances against San Francisco and Seattle.

Boller was 26 of 43 for 360 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the preseason. He signed with the Raiders on April 15, before the team had cut JaMarcus Russell and traded for Campbell.

More to come . . .


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • priesttj

    If Huff plays the way he did Sunday he is as good a FS as we need. He he brings that kind of intensity and focus he’s very good.

    I Mike Mitchell does what I saw him do this past Sunday this secondary all of a sudden is damn good. Mitchell we outstanding but now like HUff it’s all about being consistent.

  • Kell, I agree and believe Al Davis is a lousy GM.

  • ArmChair, what do you know about facts?

  • Let’s get a pool going….

    Over/Under the number of catches by Heyward-Bust this Sunday.

    Let’s start at 3


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  • JLofty

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  • MikieG

    Jacoby Ford made the play of the game recovering the Zach Miller Fumble, watch it again, he was like a d@mn leopard jumping on a springbok…FANTASTIC play Ford, absolutely Heads UP PERFECT lightning fast recovery, it was a one in a hundred type play….Well done man.

  • MikieG

    Any of you guys think that Branch shoulda downed that fumble recovery at the 1 yard line so we could have ran out the clock instead of giving Rivers a chance to march on us again? We were dodging bullets until the last play. I realize that the emotion caught up with everyone but I think the smart play would have been to down that sucker and run out the clock….