AFC West: fantasy position battles

We have an intriguing storyline as the Oakland Raiders approach the regular season. Starting quarterback Matt Schaub sat out practice Sunday with a sore elbow. Oakland coach Dennis Allen told reporters he does not think the issue is serious. Schaub will be evaluated daily.

Schaub
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What does this mean?

Well, on the surface and for the moment, it just means Schaub is resting.

But this is a familiar scenario in Oakland. Matt Flynn, who entered the preseason as the starter last season, came up with a sore elbow around this time. It wasn’t considered serious. The next thing we knew, Terrelle Pryor earned the starting job going into the season.

Second-round pick Derek Carr worked with the first team on Sunday. I’m not saying the same scenario will play out this year. But it’s an interesting coincidence.

If Schaub’s issue is minor, there are both negatives and positives. Schaub and the first-team offense need to work more together. The passing game has been disjointed. Allen has said the entire offense has played a role in the malaise in the passing game.

The missed practice time won’t help. It wouldn’t hurt Schaub to get some playing time against Seattle on Thursday. However, that appears doubtful, in my opinion, even if the issue remains minor.

However, the work Carr is getting with the first team will benefit him and perhaps it could expedite his development. I think the best recourse here is to see how long Schaub is out and perhaps it is nothing more than a sore wing and he needs a couple of days of rest.

In other Oakland injury news, rookie defensive lineman Justin Ellis returned to practice after missing two weeks with a concussion. Cornerback Tarell Brown practiced. He left Friday’s game at Green Bay with a concussion. Linebacker Nick Roach, who also left the Packers game with a concussion, did not work Sunday.

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