OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: An Oakland Raider fan walks around the stadium before the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders NFL game at McAfee Coliseum on September 8, 2008 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Yes, Bruce Gradkowski is still an Oakland Raider. You just haven't seen him take a snap yet, as he's been shelved throughout the preseason with a pectoral injury.
That changes Saturday night when the Raiders take on the San Francisco 49ers for the third preseason game. "Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski will see considerable action in the last two preseason games," Steve Corkran writes in the Oakland Tribune, "Although (Coach Tom) Cable would not commit as to whether he would go in as No. 2 or No. 3."
Meaning that the Great Gradkowski is not assured the No. 2 quarterback spot behind Jason Campbell. Backup Kyle Boller has one touchdown, no interceptions, and a 93.5 rating as Campbell's primary backup in the two exhibition games thus far.
As Raider luck would have it, Gradkowski tore an MCL against the Redskins in the very next game.
Saturday will be Gradkowski's first game action since the MCL injury last December 13.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who wants to see how Gradkowski's arm looks this year before committing to the "shaved head and eyeblack" look.