- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Jason Campbell left the Oakland Raiders’ facility to get his collarbone surgically repaired with hopes of playing again this year.
Campbell told Oakland media that he was hopeful he could return from the injury he suffered Sunday against Cleveland in six weeks. The more realistic prognosis was that Campbell was finished for the season.
Now, as Campbell begins the healing process from his surgery, the likeliest scenario is that he has played his final game as a Raider.
Now that the Raiders gave up a first-round pick in 2012 and at least a second-round pick in 2013 to get Carson Palmer from Cincinnati, it is safe to say the Raiders are discarding Campbell. The only way Campbell will come back is if Palmer is a complete disaster this year.
It is stunning how this situation changed. Campbell entered Sunday’s game as an improved player whom the Raiders completely believed in. The expectation was that the Raiders would eventually look to extend the contract of Campbell, who will be a free agent at the end of the year.
You often hear about the brutality of this business. But I can’t think of a more brutal recent situation than this. Campbell worked hard in Oakland and improved. He was a model teammate and was terrific with the media.
It’s tough to see good guys deal with these types of situations, but the Raiders are trying to win now, and Oakland coach Hue Jackson did what he felt was necessary in light of Campbell’s injury.
Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis hinted Tuesday that Jackson had shown interest in reuniting with Palmer for a while. But there is no way this trade would have been made had Campbell not been hurt. Campbell was the Raiders' quarterback until he was hurt.
And now he’s not.
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