Raiders start QB search: After Jason Campbell left Sunday’s game with a broken collarbone, Oakland immediately went on the hunt to find a new signal-caller. The first name to emerge in the search was the apparently-retired Carson Palmer, but the perimeter has been widened to include former Jaguars QB David Garrard. The flurry of activity suggests that coach Hue Jackson is not ready to hand the reins to Kyle Boller or Terrelle Pryor – especially not with the Raiders at 4-2 and with a very real shot at the playoffs.
But for fantasy purposes, Campbell’s injury will have a very real impact on receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford – all of whom were starting to find a nice rhythm. Until Jackson finds a quarterback he can trust to throw the ball 25 to 30 times a game, expect Oakland to lean more heavily on Darren McFadden, making any of their wideouts a dicey proposition for the foreseeable future.
Shakeup in the Dallas backfield?: In the first half of Sunday’s loss to New England, Cowboys running back Felix Jones left the game with an apparent leg injury that has since been diagnosed as the dreaded high-ankle sprain. Because such injuries are tricky to diagnose, there is no definite timetable for his return. And because the Cowboys have already had their bye, there are no more off weeks for Jones to get healthy.
Normally it would mean more touches for Tashard Choice or DeMarco Murray, but with reports that Dallas is taking offers for Choice, it could leave Murray as the main man in coach Jason Garrett’s backfield. In Week 7, the ‘Boys face the St. Louis Rams and their sieve-like run defense. Whoever ends up getting most of the carries on Sunday could be in line for a big day. It’s just a matter of figuring out who it’s going to be.
Best suffered concussion: There’s no doubt that Jahvid Best is the featured back in Detroit, but that could be on hold for the time being after the running back suffered his second concussion this season against the 49ers on Sunday. Expect his status for Sunday against Atlanta to be in doubt, with updates coming as the week progresses. Best has not only shown his worth as a running back, but as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.
Concussions have been an issue for Best dating back to his college days at Cal and adds to his growing narrative of injury issues. If he can’t go, it moves veteran Maurice Morris to the top of Detroit’s depth chart.
– Marcas Grant