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49ers Travis LaBoy sacks Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell in the second quarter at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Saturday, August 28, 2010. Campbell was taken out of the game after the play. The San Francisco 49ers played the Oakland Raiders in preseason play. (Jim Gensheimer/Mercury News)
Tests taken Sunday confirmed the neck injury suffered by starting quarterback Jason Campbell isn't as serious as it first appeared, Raiders coach Tom Cable said.
Now, for the bad news: Campbell suffered an injury to his right (throwing) wrist earlier in the game against the 49ers, and his status is uncertain. Cable said Campbell's progress will be monitored in the coming days.
"Right now, I guess it's the wrist," Cable said, when asked if the neck or wrist is the more pressing issue.
It's understandable why Cable is so concerned about Campbell's wrist. Backup quarterback Charlie Frye underwent season-ending surgery less than two weeks ago to repair the damage he suffered in his right (throwing) wrist when he braced himself as he hit the ground in practice.
Campbell said he is a fast healer and not prone to missing much practice or many games. Bruce Gradkowski ended all speculation about his job security as the primary backup to Campbell with a standout performance against the 49ers.
Cable considered the No. 2 job up for grabs because Gradkowski missed all the offseason workouts and Oakland's first two exhibition games. Gradkowski answered with a 14 for 22 passing effort that yielded 202 yards and two touchdowns.
"He definitely showed himself well and strengthened our football team at the quarterback position," Cable said. Running back Michael Bush is scheduled for a surgical procedure today to repair the damage he suffered to his left thumb in the second half against the 49ers, Cable said.
It's conceivable that Bush will be able to play in the regular-season opener Sept. 12, Cable said. Bush will wear a protective device on the thumb, but he isn't expected to be in a cast. Wide receiver Chaz Schilens' availability for the opener appears less and less likely. Cable said Schilens will be out three to six weeks while he recovers from his left knee surgery. Schilens had the surgery a week ago. Upon further review, Cable said he thought rookie center Jared Veldheer delivered "a pretty good effort" in his first start. He played well enough that Cable isn't dead set on Samson Satele as the starter. Satele returns from an ankle injury today after missing one game. Left offensive tackle Mario Henderson was beaten by 49ers linebacker Travis LaBoy for a sack on the play Campbell suffered his neck injury.
"Everyone has to continue to improve," Cable said. "I don't see any reason for him not to. "... He's not unlike anybody else. He's got to get better." The Raiders practice in Alameda today for the first time since offseason workouts concluded in mid-June. They spent the past month or so of training camp in Napa. Clarification: Sebastian Janikowski's 57-yard field goal against the 49ers matched his career best at the Oakland Coliseum. He kicked a 61-yarder against the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 27, 2009.