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Oakland loses top receiver to broken bone in foot

Oakland’s low-key, feel good training camp isn’t feeling so good after the last few days. 

Just one day after Raiders players were chanting in support of their fighting coach, we learned that a more important member of the organization than defensive assistant Randy Hanson has a broken bone to worry about.

Chaz Schilens, the team’s best receiver, broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot early Tuesday.  The timeframe of his return is unclear, although Schilens admitted that it would take a “miracle” for him to be ready for Week One.

Schilens’ injury is similar on the surface to the one suffered by Rams receiver Donnie Avery, who was expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

A seventh-round pick in 2008, Schilens arguably was enjoying the best training camp of any Raider.  His performance in the team’s preseason game was eye-opening, showing a great mix of toughness, speed, and terrific hands.

With Schilens out, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Johnnie Lee Higgins look like the team’s starters.  Javon Walker is expected to come off the active/PUP list Monday after missing the entire offseason following knee surgery.

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56 Responses to “Oakland loses top receiver to broken bone in foot”
  1. mlegue810 says: Aug 18, 2009 4:48 PM

    In related news, Al Davis immediately headed to a local prison to start recruiting a new wideout.

  2. Contra says: Aug 18, 2009 4:50 PM

    WHO CARES…There is a FAVRE STORY going on RIGHT NOW!

  3. BearNDesert says: Aug 18, 2009 4:51 PM

    “Chaz Schilens, the team’s best receiver, broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot early Tuesday.”
    I think I speak for the majority of football fans when I say–who’s Chaz Schilens?

  4. milehiclown says: Aug 18, 2009 4:52 PM

    All you Raider pubes who were bagging on my Broncos, i have this to say: bwahahahahahahahahaha!
    In 24 hours, your coach is accused of breaking another guys jaw and you lose your best receiver until October (realistically).
    Thank you Raiders. You just made the Broncos–until now the most absurd team in the NFL since Shanny got canned–look like a team on the rise.

  5. formerly dystopianow says: Aug 18, 2009 4:53 PM

    Ouch.. This one hurts.

  6. Common Sense says: Aug 18, 2009 4:53 PM

    OUCH, he was a great sleeper. Time to see what Bey and Walker can do.

  7. tr975 says: Aug 18, 2009 4:53 PM

    Did Cable punch him in the foot?

  8. mafleish says: Aug 18, 2009 4:54 PM

    Florio, do you honestly believe he is the best Oakland receiver? If you did, you wouldn’t have said “Oakland loses top receiver…”, you would have said “Schilens out with broken foot.” However, he’s a nobody and clearly not their best receiver, but you wanted a few hits.

  9. jimicos says: Aug 18, 2009 4:55 PM

    Wow. Their best receiver caught 15 balls last year? Al Davis is crazier than I thought.

  10. champ222 says: Aug 18, 2009 4:55 PM

    WHO? That tells u alot about the Raiders receivers. Heyward-Bey (Maryland) is definitely their best receiver

  11. Brewster says: Aug 18, 2009 4:55 PM

    Did his foot hit a cabinet when he was flipped out of his chair by Tom Cable in a team meeting?

  12. mixman34 says: Aug 18, 2009 4:56 PM

    HAHA! Who?

  13. EShine says: Aug 18, 2009 4:59 PM

    Is it true that Cable broke his foot when he flipped a chair at the receiver during a meeting?

  14. EskinSux says: Aug 18, 2009 5:03 PM

    So, 15 career NFL receptions for a grand total of 226 yards, of which 60 were on one play= Their best receiver? Man, and i thought the G-Hens receivers were junk…..

  15. Raider Pride says: Aug 18, 2009 5:04 PM

    Things will be fine. Caz was on fire but this is an opportunity for DHB (If he can hang on to the ball consistantly)
    Also… Nick “Little Big Man” Miller gets to keeping on playing the little guy that could.

  16. coach7811 says: Aug 18, 2009 5:04 PM

    You guys are getting really SLOW ! Read this on ESPN about an HOUR ago. Really on top of the news. You guys use to be fast what happened? Big time now? Dont have to work for the big bucks? SAD very SAD.

  17. Vikingborn70 says: Aug 18, 2009 5:11 PM

    Marvin Harrison just received a text…..

  18. jimicos says: Aug 18, 2009 5:17 PM

    Chaz was on fire? Please explain. I don’t think he caught more than 3 balls in any game last season.

  19. JoeSchmoe says: Aug 18, 2009 5:19 PM

    Dammit! I’m no Raider fan, but I was definitely on the Chaz Schilens (how many black guys have you met named Chaz? honestly?) ultra deep sleeper bandwagon… oh well, looks like I can easily grab him off waivers mid-Sept now and wait for JaFatass to get benched for Garcia anyway…

  20. moral-authority says: Aug 18, 2009 5:25 PM

    What can you say? The Raiders are doomed! Why do we not know the names of any of their recievers? Thin? How ’bout fiber optic. Poor Jamarcus Russell, now he has yet another excuse why an SEC QB can’t produce in the NFL. Oh well, they still have ‘lil Hugy Bear!

  21. Big Stretch says: Aug 18, 2009 5:25 PM

    Why isn’t Tony Dungy pimping his old playmaker Marvin?

  22. Raiders757 says: Aug 18, 2009 5:36 PM

    Of course non of you have heard of Chaz Schilens. He’s not a super star or anything of the sort. Still, he was showing a tremendous upside and progressing very well. This is a big blow to the team as of right now.
    Sorry to tall ya’ Milehiclown, but there isn’t much the Raiders could do right now to top your team’s stupidity this off season. Nothing can top firing the best coach a team ever had over an 8-8 season, then losing their star QB.
    What happened with Cable didn’t just happen, From what I understand, it was a couple of weeks ago, so the team has obviously moved on(please correct me if I am wrong). An up and coming wide out getting injured hardly makes the Raiders laughable. It not our fault your ignorant on who he is. Maybe it’s time you start paying a little more attention to your AFC West rivals for a change.

  23. CutlerIsACryBaby says: Aug 18, 2009 5:42 PM

    i wish the chargers were as bad as them. And Who the hell is Chaz Schilens?

  24. shake&bake says: Aug 18, 2009 5:46 PM

    Obviously you morons just read a story about the Raiders and then log on to pile on like every other moron in the country. Chaz is a beast and was going to open peoples eyes this year. but i wouldnt expect any of you to have any knowledge or do any type of research before you post the same comment that 40 other people did before you. but yea when you say it it’s so much funnier than the first 100 times we heard it. Maybe you could get a job on ESPN just saying crap without thinking or knowing what you are saying.

  25. coach7811 says: Aug 18, 2009 5:56 PM

    When he comes back healthy you will all find out who he is. Its to bad . He will be back.The Oak town fans all know who he is! This is not good for the Silver and Black.

  26. EskinSux says: Aug 18, 2009 6:02 PM

    “Chaz is a beast and was going to open peoples eyes this year. but i wouldnt expect any of you to have any knowledge or do any type of research before you post the same comment that 40 other people did before you.”
    ——————————————–
    I did research before i commented because i never heard of him….Seriously….And the results of my research are……..16 games, 6 started, 15 catches…226 yards..226th pick in last year’s draft…..Yeah…….He has beast written all over him…….Maybe you should get a job wiping Al Davis’s ass…….

  27. Popeye says: Aug 18, 2009 6:11 PM

    Dammit!!! He was going to be my #1 fantasy pick this year…..now what?

  28. RaiderChile says: Aug 18, 2009 6:33 PM

    Idiot raider haters always have to make a comment. You’ll see when they are finally a good team your teams will flounder.

  29. RaiderChile says: Aug 18, 2009 6:50 PM

    Great, what else will happen. Can’t get a break.

  30. EskinSux says: Aug 18, 2009 7:01 PM

    Funny how somebody who actually catches balls in camp……..Is now considered a beast………Raiders fans are as delusional as their owner…….

  31. Merc says: Aug 18, 2009 7:01 PM

    Hmmmm.
    Hard worker + 6’4″ + runs a 4.3/40 + catches everything thrown at him + gets great separation from little CBs= Beast
    He is going to become a dominant force.

  32. AutumnWind999 says: Aug 18, 2009 7:02 PM

    Chaz Schilens is indeed the Raiders No. 1 WR.
    A 6-4, 225 guy with 4.38 speed, great hands, a 40-inch vertical and a great attitude. He started to come on at the end of his rookie season and was the talk of training camp before catching 5 passes for 52 yards — with a couple of exceptional plays — in just 3 offensive series in the team’s preseason opener.
    True Raiders fans and savvy fantasy football players know him well. The rest of the NFL was about to know him very well. Now we’ll have to wait until October at least.
    A MUCH more devastating turn of events than yesterday’s entertaining story about brawling coaches.

  33. INVAIDUH says: Aug 18, 2009 7:05 PM

    You don’t know so you hate. Waaaa
    Eskin you should be looking out for your dog when your not banging it cause Vicks watchin.
    Milehighclown. YOU of all should stop deflecting
    lay low and enjoy the mess you team is now.
    Party’s over loafs.
    GFY.

  34. Ray Guy says: Aug 18, 2009 7:26 PM

    Only the stupid would:
    1) make fun of an injured player
    2) ridicule a player at the beginning of a meteoric rise due to blind hatred and small intellect.
    If you bothered to REALLY check this guy out you would know why you should be fearful of his return. He is the reason Crabgreed never even floated the radar screen.

  35. Raiders757 says: Aug 18, 2009 7:38 PM

    EskinSux. Every time you make a post on this site, you prove more and more what a true shallow minded idiot you really are.
    Looking at a player’s rookie stats isn’t going to tell you the tale of the tape. This guy was a good pick up for the team, and is a true example of what every young NFL player should be like. His attitude and dedication is to be applauded. Instead you let your hatred for the team get in the way, and at the same time, prove your ignorance.

  36. EskinSux says: Aug 18, 2009 7:47 PM

    You know what INVADIUH……..I’m gonna buy a Vick Jersey…….I am…….To paper train the new puppy on…..I will send ya pics when she shits all over it…….Thats what i think of vick……..Tell me, when you have your stupid ass stars wars outfit on, gay as can be, and act as if wasting so many first round draft pics, somehow makes a 7th round pic the next greatest receiver ever…….It kinda makes ya wonder, would you have gone to jonestown?……And drank that poison as well?

  37. AutumnWind999 says: Aug 18, 2009 7:49 PM

    This is Chaz Schilens. Watch it before you hate:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2A8jnfVxrk&feature=related
    Oh, and I forgot the 50-yard pass interference call he drew when he beat the defense deep. So, coming off a nice finish to 2008, and a camp where he was getting nothing but rave reviews, he opens by catching 5 passes for 52 yards and drawing a 50-yard PI penalty. Not bad for 1 quarter of work.

  38. EskinSux says: Aug 18, 2009 8:42 PM

    Attitude and dedication and 15 catches in 16 games=’s a jackass fanbase in denial………Tale of what tape…….DeSean jackson was a rookie last year, had over 900 yards, is he the best receiver in the league?……….No, not by a long shot, but, by the way you say it, he is………Look, i’m all for a fans rooting for their respective teams, I’m just as much a homer, and i get defensive as well, but this is an unproven 7th round draft pick, if he was so damn good, why wasn’t he drafted earlier?…I never said it wasn’t a good pick up, i just wonderered after the javon walker contract, the DHB waste of a draft pick, why he was the best player?…….15 catches in 16 games, think about it……Hell, i don’t hate the raiders, to me they don’t exist……

  39. INVAIDUH says: Aug 18, 2009 8:55 PM

    Breakin’ my heart Eskin…
    Least you know Vick wont kill your scary great
    “Birdman”…Whew…That screams tough..
    McNabb choking on the field. Vick choking off it.
    Ya got nothin’…..GFY.

  40. AutumnWind999 says: Aug 18, 2009 9:03 PM

    EskinSux,
    “The DHB waste of a draft pick?”
    — Can we wait before the kid plays one regular season NFL down at least before writing the finish on the kid’s career? This from the same genius fan base that booed the hell out of McNabb at the draft!
    “DeSean jackson was a rookie last year, had over 900 yards, is he the best receiver in the league?……….No, not by a long shot, but, by the way you say it, he is.”
    — Just rambling nonsense. Don’t worry, no one is saying DeSean Jackson is the best receiver in the league.
    “Hell, i don’t hate the raiders, to me they don’t exist.”
    — That’s great. I don’t hate the Iggles either. To me, teams that have NEVER EVER NEVER EVER NEVER EVER NEVER won a Super Bowl, don’t exist.

  41. AutumnWind999 says: Aug 18, 2009 9:12 PM

    Also,
    “this is an unproven 7th round draft pick, if he was so damn good, why wasn’t he drafted earlier?”
    So by that logic Tom Brady, Kurt Warner, TJ Houshmanzadeh, Marques Colston, Wes Welker, Tony Romo, James Harrison, Antonio Gates and many, many other players in the league now or in the Hall of Fame are garbage because they ‘weren’t drafted earlier’ than the 6th round or not drafted at all in most of those guys cases.

  42. INVAIDUH says: Aug 18, 2009 9:14 PM

    Eskin…
    You’re too humble.
    Don’t act like you’ve drafted anything but winners…For who? For what?
    FredEX..Mamula..ect..And the list could go…
    You know……..All the greats…Mr. Glass House.
    Yet, still ZERO rings.
    Now that I think about it…You’ve ALWAYS sucked.
    Im not mad just shocked…
    GFY.

  43. EskinSux says: Aug 18, 2009 9:28 PM

    you can spin denial anyway ya want………top ten pick again next year……..which means nothing…as you have proven

  44. EskinSux says: Aug 18, 2009 9:38 PM

    So by that logic Tom Brady, Kurt Warner, TJ Houshmanzadeh, Marques Colston, Wes Welker, Tony Romo, James Harrison, Antonio Gates and many, many other players in the league now or in the Hall of Fame
    ———————–
    Hell, why should he play a down, you already have him in the hall of fame………LMAO

  45. AutumnWind999 says: Aug 18, 2009 9:54 PM

    # EskinSux says: August 18, 2009 9:38 PM
    So by that logic Tom Brady, Kurt Warner, TJ Houshmanzadeh, Marques Colston, Wes Welker, Tony Romo, James Harrison, Antonio Gates and many, many other players in the league now or in the Hall of Fame
    ———————–
    Hell, why should he play a down, you already have him in the hall of fame………LMAO
    ————————————–
    Nice try. Never said Schilens is a Hall of Famer, just that he’s the Raiders’ No. 1 WR and a very promising young player who will be missed while he’s out. I then explained why with actual facts and video. Your response: lame arguments about his draft position followed by making stuff up that I never said. Weak.
    Run away now Eskin. You’ve been thoroughly crushed in this argument. Don’t bring that weak-azz Philly stuff up against Raider Nation. You’ll wind up feeling sicker than McNabb come Super Bowl time. LOL.
    Philly fans are soft.
    FACIAL!!!

  46. INVAIDUH says: Aug 18, 2009 10:01 PM

    “you can spin denile anyway ya want”…
    Ummm yeah… Keep doing it… Feel better..
    You have more to prove than we do.
    Eskin does suck but so does your team.
    Really setting a trend.
    Chokechokecough…blahhhh..Nothing else to offer.
    You’re barf on the field……

  47. EskinSux says: Aug 18, 2009 10:03 PM

    15 NFL catches…….15.?……that the argument?.. facts and video?,,,,,LOL……Ok you win……Best receiver ever…….Enjoy the draft………AGAIN

  48. INVAIDUH says: Aug 18, 2009 10:05 PM

    RAIDER NATION…All day…It’s that good.

  49. INVAIDUH says: Aug 18, 2009 10:11 PM

    So that’s all you got?
    No wonder your team “sux”
    See you @ Lehigh.

  50. as big as a hat says: Aug 18, 2009 10:14 PM

    EskinSux is almost funny. Hayward-Bey is already a bust, and a guy that didn’t do much last year stat-wise can’t be any good. EskinSux has too much time on his hands, and his penis is apparently too small to fill either one of them.

  51. AutumnWind999 says: Aug 18, 2009 10:17 PM

    Hey, the Eagles will win a Super Bowl one of these years.
    Who knows, maybe they’ll get their first before other storied franchises like the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals and so forth. Probably not though.
    What are you guys up to, 0-43? Don’t worry, even the worst hitting pitchers somehow manage a fluke single every once in a while. I wouldn’t be totally shocked if the Eagles manage to win one Super Bowl before the end of the century. So you’ve got that to look forward to, which is nice.

  52. Ray Guy says: Aug 18, 2009 10:19 PM

    It’s amazing what happens when you let a 13 year old kid like Eskinsux have a keyboard. Makes you wonder if he still has a sand box at home. Let’s hope the cats have found it.

  53. MasterShake says: Aug 18, 2009 11:30 PM

    Exactly! Stop busting the Raiders and their fans balls!
    You should always have high hopes for someone like this. Especially if he’s deemed to be the number one receiver. I mean, the Raiders last had a winning season…………………….when was that again? Tuck rule baby! Five wins is a positive in Raider Nation. We’re talking about the same fans that supported them when they moved and then when they came back! Most women with any sense of pride wouldn’t put up with the results provided by management. But then again, their fans are pissed they didn’t get Vick.
    Followers, that’s all they are.

  54. AutumnWind999 says: Aug 19, 2009 1:12 AM

    Just to put it to rest, here’s an excerpt of what Jerry McDonald (arguably the most respected Raiders beat writer) of the Contra Costa times wrote today about losing Schilens due to injury:
    “Nobody was talking about it on the record, but make no mistake _ the coaching and administrative staffs were sick over losing Schilens. The healing time on a fifth metatarsal fracture varies from patient to patient, but it’s a good bet he’ll miss the first three games against AFC West opponents
    As much as Tom Cable has made it a point to talk up the group as a whole, Schilens was far and away the best in his position group since the club arrived in Napa.
    Thinking ahead to an annual end-of-camp feature, I thought Schilens was the easy leader as the offensive Most Valuable Player because he’s been more consistent than McFadden.
    Sports Illustrated had dispatched a writer for a possible feature.”
    You can read more at:
    http://www.ibabuzz.com/oaklandraiders/2009/08/18/post-schilens-phase-underway/

  55. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Aug 19, 2009 6:53 AM

    # EskinSux says: August 18, 2009 5:03 PM
    So, 15 career NFL receptions for a grand total of 226 yards, of which 60 were on one play= Their best receiver? Man, and i thought the G-Hens receivers were junk…..
    ======================================
    Fearlessly the idiot faced the crowd, smiling.

  56. bwisnasky says: Aug 19, 2009 8:03 AM

    “I mean, the Raiders last had a winning season…………………….when was that again? Tuck rule baby!”
    In actuality, the Raiders went to the Superbowl the year AFTER the tuck rule, so I’m guessing that they had a winning season that year. As for the topic, which isn’t about how bad the Raiders have been for 6 years, Schilenz is a breakout star on the horizon. As for why he didn’t have that many catches last year, he didn’t start til the end of the season, because Cable finally gave him a chance. Believe me when I tell you, he may not be a Hall of Famer, but the kid is going to be special. I’m sure if you look at most people’s stats in their rookie years, they aren’t that impressive, and usually the ones that have great rookie years go on to have mediocre careers…..

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