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 . . .