ALAMEDA, Calif. — A league source and many Raiders players indicated on Friday that Kyle Boller is likely to commence at quarterback for Oakland against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, even though no final choice has been made.
There was heavy speculation all through the week that veteran Carson Palmer, who was acquired in a trade from the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday, would start just five days right after joining the team. Boller’s familiarity with the offense and his teammates, nevertheless, seems to have prevailed for a 4-2 team hoping to keep pace with the AFC West-leading San Diego Chargers.
Coach Hue Jackson stated Friday he had already decided on a starter and the team knew his selection. But Jackson isn’t creating that information public, and said he could even use numerous quarterbacks. It remains unclear whether or not Palmer would play at some point in the game even if he doesn’t begin.
“Whatever choice I make somebody is going to go in there and play properly,” Jackson stated. “They’ve done a great job in practice, but certainly somebody’s got to trot out there 1st and that’s what we’ll do when that time comes.”
Said wideout Jacoby Ford: “We’ve got to get him into rhythm just to get him going, get him in the flow of the game — that helps us, too. The running game, we’ve got to get that going, go out there and block on the edge. That’s some thing we’ve been doing incredibly well in our receiver room. We’ve got to do whatever we can to get Kyle into rhythm, and then we’ll be in great shape.”
Other than Boller and Palmer, rookie Terrelle Pryor is the other wholesome quarterback on the roster. Jason Campbell, who sustained a broken collarbone that spurred the trade for Palmer, is likely to be out for the remainder of the typical season.
Palmer, who ran additional wind sprints following practice, created a brief cease in the locker room.
“I’m getting as ready as I can, and I’m excited by the chance to run on the field — let alone have a opportunity to play,” he stated.
The problematic hamstring of kicker Sebastian Janikowski also led the team to perform out three kickers Friday, reported NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora. Janikowski did not practice Friday and was listed as questionable. According to a team official, 1 of the kickers could still be signed prior to the game.
Follow Steve Wyche on Twitter @wyche89. The Associated Press contributed to this report
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