OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 28: Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers stops Michael Bush #20 of the Oakland Raiders during an NFL preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 28, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Patrick Willis;Michael Bush
You'll have to wipe that post-win smirk off your face, Raider Nation. Terrible news from Jerry McDonald's Oakland Tribune Raiders blog, where McDonald reports that running back Michael Bush's wrist fracture will keep him out for a month or more.
Realize this is not an official report from a team doctor. The Raiders lowered the cones of silence on injuries last week and refuse to give any more injury reports.
They make you wear a shower cap for wrist surgery? Who runs this hospital, Ruth Buzzi?
McDonald discussed the Bennett's fracture condition with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Schwartz, team doctor for Hofstra University and the Arena Football New Jersey Dragons. "A time span of four to six weeks following surgery would be a 'best case scenario," McDonald wrote, adding that Dr. Schwartz "conceded he was speaking in general terms and did not know the specifics of Bush’s injury."
The Raiders still have a healthy Darren McFadden, but may look to add another available veteran. As McDonald notes, Justin Fargas is currently available.