Raiders WR Chaz Schilens may need scope on knee

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

the surgery.

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