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Oakland Raiders starting quarterback Jason Campbell (8) grimaces after after being injured against the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, October 16, 2011. (Nhat V. Meyer/Mercury News)

You know him, you've watched him, you might have even cheered for him a time or two.

I know you've winced at him.

So, can you really imagine Kyle Boller leading the Raiders into the playoffs?

It's difficult. It takes a powerful imagination and some stubborn optimism. Maybe a few high-quality hallucinogens would help, too.

But that's where the Raiders find themselves after Jason Campbell suffered a broken right collarbone in the second quarter of an eventual 24-17 Raiders victory over Cleveland at O.co Coliseum on Sunday.

Cold, hard truth: Boller is the only experienced quarterback the Raiders have left.

Bitter reality: The only other QB on the roster is Terrelle Pryor, who only joined the NFL in late-August and probably won't be ready for real action for months.

So, in the emotional days after the passing of Al Davis, the Raiders are 4-2 and have a playoff-caliber roster ... with a QB situation that could thwart everything.

Hue Jackson, would you be comfortable with Boller starting the rest of the season?

"Right now I am," Jackson said in a marked departure from his usual boisterous optimism. "There's nothing else I have on the horizon. Kyle Boller is the quarterback."

Yes, he is, for the indefinite future. Gulp.

Presuming Campbell is out for most or all of the season, there are basically four ways for the Raiders to settle up at QB.


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  • They could pick up a veteran via trade before Tuesday's deadline, though it's unlikely that they could pry loose anybody who could make a difference.

  • They could sign an available free agent (possibly David Garrard or Trent Edwards).

    But the Raiders already decided that Boller is better when they cut Edwards this summer and didn't pick up Garrard when he first came available.

  • They could get Pryor up to speed in the next few weeks. Which sounds highly unlikely.

    "Umm, he's on our team," Jackson said when asked if Pryor could be the No. 2 QB. "Right now, that's what we've got."

    After serving his five-game suspension and getting a roster exemption Sunday, Pryor's on the active roster starting Monday.

    But even Pryor admitted Sunday afternoon that he knows only a small part of the offense.

    "That's a big package," Pryor said of the Raiders' scheme. "I only had two days' worth of practice. That'd be an awful lot. But if it was cut down, of course."

  • Or the Raiders could sit tight and take their best shot with Boller, the Cal product whose limitations are obvious but who at least was a longtime starter in Baltimore.

    To be fair, it's not like Boller screwed up the game after Campbell slammed his right shoulder into the ground at the end of a scramble in the second quarter.

    Instead, Boller just looked bad -- rushed throws, bad throws, wild throws, you name it; he completed 8 of his 14 attempts, for 100 yards, but it seemed a lot worse.

    "I think he played like a guy who hadn't had a lot of practice," Jackson said diplomatically of Boller. "He kept battling and kept fighting.

    "There's some throws that I know Kyle can make that I know he wishes he could have back. He did just what he needed to do. He came in and helped this team win."

    No question, punter Shane Lechler threw the Raiders' best pass of the second half when he hit Kevin Boss in stride for a 35-yard touchdown on a fake field goal.

    But Boller is the QB until the Raiders find a better one, and it seems probable that they won't.

    "I felt very comfortable," Boller said of his stint Sunday. "Wish I slowed my feet down a little bit, but in the second half I started to feel more comfortable with each play."

    This Sunday, the Raiders get another potential gimme -- Kansas City at the Coliseum -- and then they get a bye week, very possibly at 5-2.

    Yes, everything is set up for a playoff run, except for the question mark at QB.

    "I definitely feel that responsibility," Boller said of stepping into this moment. "But I'm glad it's here."

    It's Boller World. Raiders fans didn't expect it and surely didn't want it.

    But unless Jackson can unearth a miracle, Boller is their QB.

    "I heard a sigh of uhhh when I said that," Jackson said after announcing Campbell's exact injury. "This team will be fine. This team is a little more resilient than everybody thinks they are."

    It will be a tremendous test. They have already lost Al Davis, the man who built this team, and built it with Jason Campbell at QB.

    And now they have to do it with Kyle Boller, or with somebody else they can acquire, and if they pull it off, it will be a display of something more than resilience.

    It will be magic.

    Read Tim Kawakami's Talking Points blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami. Contact him at tkawakami@mercurynews.com or 408-920-5442.