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Raiders’ passer Matt Schaub worried by elbow soreness

  • Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub (8) throws a pass against the Green Bay Packers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

ALAMEDA — Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub missed his second straight day of practice Monday with a sore throwing elbow that has lingered throughout the preseason.

Rookie Derek Carr took first-team snaps for a second straight day with Schaub serving as a spectator.

Schaub’s status for Thursday night’s exhibition finale against Seattle remains up in the air but he and coach Dennis Allen said they are confident he will be healthy enough to start the season opener Sept. 7 against the New York Jets.

“It’s been something that’s been around and we’ve been managing it and taking care of it,” Schaub said.

“It just got to a point where we need to figure out what is really happening and just take care of it.”

Schaub said he has never dealt with this kind of soreness in his right elbow before but said he had no concerns that it would impact him this year.

Schaub has struggled so far in the exhibition season, leading the Raiders to just two scores in 15 drives as he’s failed to show that last year’s rough season in Houston was an aberration.

Schaub has completed just 51 percent of his passes this preseason and is averaging only 4.6 yards per attempt as he struggles to get the ball downfield. Schaub has completed just 2 of 13 pass attempts more than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage in three games but did not blame the elbow for that.

“It hasn’t really affected it,” he said. “It’s just bothersome. It’s something I noticed and it’s something that I just want to take care of and get out of the way.”

Allen said the issues with the first-team passing game are much deeper than just the quarterback, making it harder to get fixed. That task only becomes more difficult with Schaub missing key practice time less than two weeks before the season opener.


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