The Oakland Raiders Jason Campbell (Auburn) suffered a broken collarbone Sunday but the quarterback says he could return to action as soon as six weeks. An earlier report had Campbell out for the season.
“I’m having surgery today. It was a tough break,” Campbell said. “I’m going to stay positive. If everything goes right I could be back in six weeks.”
The Raiders are now 4-2 on the season after beating Cleveland 24-17. Campbell went down with the injury in the second quarter.
With the trade deadline on Tuesday, what are the Raiders to do?
“If I was in at quarterback,” Darren McFadden (Arkansas) joshed Sunday, “we probably would have thrown for 600 yards, and the running backs would have been mad at me.”
A more serious option for Oakland could be Denver’s Kyle Orton, suddenly out of a job now that Tim Tebow (Florida) is now the Broncos starting quarterback.
Filling in for an injured LaGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay running back Earnest Graham (Florida) made the most of it Sunday, rushing for 109 yards in the Bucs 26-20 victory over New Orleans. It marked Graham’s first 100-yard game since 2008.
“That Earnest Graham kid is a pretty good player,” said cornerback Ronde Barbee
Jay Cutler (Vanderbilt) had a special message for someone last night.
“Tell him I said (bleep) you,” was picked up by the cameras as Cutler moved to the line of scrimmage.
The subject of Cutler’s line was unknown but speculation has centered on Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz, known for taking his time calling plays which in turns leads to blowing multiple timeouts.
Cutler threw for 267 yards, connecting on 21-of-31 passes and two touchdowns as the Bears routed the Minnesota Vikings 39-10.
The Bears quarterback, who’s taking a beating this season from defensive lines, was sacked by the Vikings only once.
Chicago has changed its play-calling to help the offensive line.
‘It was a group effort,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘We’re all trying to manage what we can do on the football field. If we are smart about it, do the things we did [Sunday], more than likely we’re going to be successful.’’
A few other SEC-related notes from around the league:
Peyton Hillis (Arkansas) suffered a hamstring injured early in the Browns loss to the Raiders and underwent an MRI today. Coach Pat Shurmer says Hillis is not being shopped prior to Tuesday’s trade deadline. Hillis rushed for 14 yards on six carries Sunday.
The New York Giants are 4-2 and lead the NFC East after the victory on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Eli Manning (Ole Miss) threw for 292 yards on 31 throws and coach Tom Couglin praised his quarterback after the game. He “played very, very well,” said Coughlin.
Matthew Stafford (Georgia) threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns but struggled in the red zone as the Lions lost for the first time this season. Stafford was only 4-of-10 in the red zone as San Francisco beat the Lions 25-19.
“We threw the ball a lot tonight, and sometimes that’s going to happen,” said Stafford. “They played a lot of man underneath coverage, so you know your completion percentage isn’t going to be as high. Guys did a great job catching the ball for me. We just didn’t do enough and make enough plays to win the game”
The Lions loss was overshadowed by fireworks after the game between the head coaches as Lions coach Jim Schwartz took exception to the celebration and post-game handshake from San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh.
The NFL announced that neither coach will be fined.
“On Detroit-SF coach incident, fortunately, there was no fighting and thus no basis for a fine,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. “However, both coaches told Ray Anderson today that their post-game conduct was wrong and will not happen again.”