Early trade deadline ill-conceived

With deals no longer permitted, pair of playoff hopefuls out of luck on quarterback front

Originally Published: November 18, 2011
By Adam Schefter | ESPN.com

A team's success should be determined by its performance, not a date. Yet a simple date, Oct. 18, helped influence how this entire season would play out.

The Oakland Raiders lost quarterback Jason Campbell to injury two days before the NFL's trade deadline. Due to the timing of the injury and the trade deadline, Oakland was able to deal for former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer.

The Houston Texans lost quarterback Matt Schaub to a season-ending injury ...

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