CHICAGO - AUGUST 21: Kyle Boller #7 of the Oakland Raiders turns to hand-off against the Chicago Bears during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Raiders defeated the Bears 32-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kyle Boller
It's not even mid-season, but the Oakland Raiders appear to be on the verge of using their third starting quarterback this year.
Jason Campbell's knee is sprained, and Bruce Gradkowski hasn't practiced in a week because of a bum shoulder. All indications are that Kyle Boller will be the Raiders' starter Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Comcast's Kate Longworth reports via Twitter that Jason Campbell's MRI indicated a "sprain, maybe (a) meniscus tear" and that Campbell's status is "day-to-day".
When asked Monday if Boller might get the start, Raiders coach Tom Cable issued a surprisingly enthusiastic response. "Oh, absolutely, absolutely," he's quoted as telling the Oakland Tribune.
And if you believe in reading between lines, Ms. Longworth notes that Boller took the place of Campbell in Monday's locker room media session.
The Raiders have no quarterback behind Boller on their roster.
That said, there has been surprisingly little action on the Raiders pursuing any available free agent quarterbacks. The NFL trade deadline just passed Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. PDT.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who can think of one guy who's monitoring this situation.