The soap opera that had been the week-to-week decision for who would take the Raiders QB spot (you know, if the Oakland locker room was one of those really crappy soap operas) has been cancelled. That’s because the Raiders placed Bruce Gradkowski on the IR list today with a separated shoulder, meaning that Jason Campbell won’t have to compete with anybody to start.
The team also signed J.T. O’Sullivan as the third QB, meaning Kyle Boller is now the backup.
This was a bit of a surprise, because as the Contra Costa Times points out, Gradkowski jogged through team drills Wednesday.
An interesting passage here:
You wonder if Gradkowski’s eagerness to return this season, laudable in a competitor, was something the Raiders simply didn’t want to deal with as the season was coming to a close.
Campbell was signed to an extension after being traded to the Raiders for $4.6 million next season, and it makes sense for the club to let him get those five games in, health permitting, or determine whether to go in a different direction.
“It would be a week a week or two weeks before he could even throw again or practice,’’ coach Tom Cable said. “You look at what’s left on our schedule. It’s just not enough time. I think it was a good decision made to move forward.”
So, for now, the job is for Jason Campbell. Unless Boller makes a play for the spot. Does anybody smell a soap opera reunion show?
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