It appears that Jason Campbell will start for Oakland against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday even though he and third-stringer Kyle Boller have split snaps in practice with the first team all week. Starter Bruce Gradkowski remains sidelined with an injured shoulder.
Coach Tom Cable won’t officially name a starter until Friday but all signs are Campbell will make his third consecutive start and fourth overall this season. Campbell opened the season as the starter but lost the job to Gradkowski in Week 2 before Gradkowski got hurt against San Diego.
Campbell struggled two weeks ago with a career-low 10.7 rating in a loss to San Francisco but completed 12 of 20 passes for 204 yards with two touchdowns and a 127.9 rating in Oakland’s 59-14 win last week over Denver in the Raiders’ highest-scoring game ever.
Cable attributed Campbell’s success to playing without fear of failure and the QB agreed.
“It keeps you from pressing,” Campbell said. “You’re not pressing so much to make every play and make every throw. You’re just playing your game.”
Gradkowski’s right (throwing) shoulder strain is healing, but not to the point where he can play, Cable said. The coach also has said Gradkowski is the starter once he returns from his injury.
Meanwhile, starting wide receiver Louis Murphy is doubtful for Sunday’s game because of a bruised chest. Jacoby Ford is likely to make his first NFL start. Oakland will be facing a Seattle defense that held Arizona to 227 yards last week while creating five turnovers — one fewer than its total from the previous four games.
Oakland is a 3-point favorite on Bodog’s NFL odds.
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