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Sunday, August 29, 2010
Examining Oakland's injuries

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

I caught up with ESPN medical analyst Stephania Bell about the injuries to Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell and running back Michael Bush. Both players were hurt in Oakland’s loss to San Francisco on Saturday night.

Campbell has a neck stringer and he is expected to play at Tennessee in the season opener Sept. 12. Bush has a broken left thumb. He is expected to see a hand specialist to further determine his injury.

The following is a summary of what Bell had to say about each situation;

On Bush: “It all depends on what comes out of the meeting with the specialist. The fact that he is going to a specialist means that there is some concern there. If he needs surgery or a pin put in the thumb, it could extend his recovery time for quite awhile. If not, it may be a couple of weeks. Still, playing with a cast or a splint will not be easy.”

On Campbell: “The severity of stingers vary. They can last for hours or months, the fact that (Oakland coach) Tom Cable said he expects Campbell back in two weeks, and the fact that Campbell met with the media after the game is a good indication that he was already feeling better. If that continues, he should be ready to go very soon.”