Oakland Raiders wide receiver Chaz Schilens went to a knee
specialist Monday to determine whether he would need arthroscopic
The injured knee is just the latest setback for Schilens, who
missed significant time last season with a broken left foot that
still hindered him early in training camp.
”I’m very concerned,” coach Tom Cable said. ”It’s been a
tough road for him. We get through the foot thing now and something
else has kind of reared up on us. We’ll take care of it and get him
back as soon as we can.”
Cable said the knee injury was likely a result of
overcompensating for the foot injury. The Raiders hope Schilens
will be back by the opener Sept. 12 at Tennessee if he does need
Schilens missed the first eight games last season after breaking
his foot early in training camp and was never completely healthy
after his return. He had 29 catches for 365 yards and two
touchdowns, but needed another operation after the season to help
the foot fully heal.
The Raiders treated him cautiously early in camp this year,
keeping him out of two-a-day practices and giving the foot plenty
of time off because he is being counted on as a big part of
Oakland’s passing game.
Schilens was a seventh-round pick out of San Diego State in
2008. He has 44 catches for 591 yards and four touchdowns in his
two NFL seasons. While those numbers are nothing spectacular, only
one receiver on Oakland’s roster has even more production. Johnnie
Lee Higgins has 47 catches for 676 yards and four scores in three
seasons, but is not a sure bet to make the roster this year.
With starters Schilens and Darrius Heyward-Bey sidelined for
Saturday’s 32-17 exhibition victory over the Chicago Bears, the
Raiders passing game showed signs of life.
Quarterback Jason Campbell completed all five passes for 89
yards on the opening drive before sputtering a bit after that.
Campbell finished 10 for 20 for 170 yards with an interception.
Second-year receiver Louis Murphy had three catches for 53
yards, rookie Jacoby Ford caught two balls in his exhibition debut
and Higgins also caught a pass from Campbell.
”I’m encouraged by that group,” Cable said. ”Hopefully we
don’t lose Chaz for any time here. But if it does happen I do think
we’re developing that group.”
Campbell also completed three passes to tight end Zach Miller
and Oakland got 105 yards receiving from the running backs with a
successful screen game.
Michael Bush went 24 yards on a third-and-17 screen pass to get
the first drive started and Marcel Reece had a 40-yard play on a
screen pass in the second half.
”We’re doing a decent job right now of executing it,” Cable
said. ”That’s exciting. We got some linemen who can run. They’re
getting out and getting people on the ground. The backs are making
nice cuts off it and the timing by the quarterback has been good.
I’m very encouraged by it. We just seem to be doing a better job of
it this year thus far.”
Notes: C Samson Satele underwent X-rays on his sprained ankle
Monday. Satele left Saturday’s game against the Bears with the
injury and Cable does not know the extent of it. … Cable expects
most of his other injured players to return to practice Tuesday,
including RB Darren McFadden (hamstring), DL Richard Seymour
(triceps) and Heyward-Bey (fatigue). … The Raiders have three
more practices in Napa before returning to their year-round
facility in Alameda prior to Saturday’s game against San