The mystery is over.
Kyle Boller took the field as the starting quarterback Sunday at O.Co Coliseum against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Results of Boller’s first drive were disastrous as Kendrick Lewis intercepted a Boller pass and returned it 59 yards for a TD.
Carson Palmer, acquired for a first-round draft pick and a first- or second-round pick Tuesday from the Cincinnati Bengals, will be the backup and it remains to be seen if there is a plan to get him some playing time.
The Raiders also have Terrelle Pryor active, and he has already been in to take a snap in spread formation, which is suited to his skills as a runner-passer.
Coach Hue Jackson declined to name a starter during the week, waiting to see if Palmer would be ready after being off for the last six weeks and having not played in a game since last year’s regular-season finale.
With the bye week coming up, the Raiders have until Nov. 6 to get Palmer ready to face the Denver Broncos at O.co Coliseum.
ESPN reported earlier Sunday the decision would be up to Palmer whether he starts, which runs contrary to Jackson’s position Friday that he would make the call.