Bruce Gradkowski tears pectoral muscle

NFL_gradkowski_250.jpgSo why did the Raiders sign quarterback Kyle Boller on Thursday?  Though they possibly were considering the move anyway, a specific need arose on Wednesday, when (per a league source) quarterback Bruce Gradkowski tore a pectoral muscle while lifting weights.

Gradkowski was bench pressing when the injury occurred.  He’ll have surgery on Friday.

According to the source, Gradkowski is expected to resume throwing in four weeks, and he’ll be ready for training camp.  Though he’ll be practicing on a non-contact basis for those two weeks, quarterbacks typically practice on a non-contact basis.

Gradkowski and JaMarcus Russell will compete for the starting job.  Last year, he performed capably in place of Russell, putting together a game for the ages in his hometown of Pittsburgh, with three touchdown passes and a 121.8 passer rating in a 27-24 win.

UPDATE:  Agent Ralph Cindrich confirms the injury, and says that it was to the left (non-throwing) side of his body.

52 responses to “Bruce Gradkowski tears pectoral muscle

  1. I wish JaFattess would have been in when he played us too.. Oakland is at the top of the bottom of the barrell of team’s in the NFL..

  2. “Last year, he performed capably in place of Russell, putting together a game for the ages in his hometown of Pittsburgh, with three touchdown passes and a 121.8 passer rating in a 27-24 win.”
    There it is! I was reading the whole article, waiting for the Steelers dig. Glad you worked it in there!

  3. JaMarcus Russell fat joke. Al Davis old/senile/crazy/wears a track suit joke. Florio toupee’ joke.

  4. Well at least we know this sort of thing wont happen to JaMarcus Russell. I don’t think he knows where the weight room is.

  5. Grant…
    the Ravens WANT Troy Smith. He’s costing them almost nothing, and he’s been in the offense just as long as their starting quarterback.
    The fans hate Troy Smith because he wants to start, but the Ravens know he’s the best option at back-up for them right now, and is coming at a very cheap price.

  6. Get the facts straight.
    He was not lifting weights when he tore his pec.
    He was passing a plate of chicken wings to JaMarcus.

  7. chadgoy says:
    April 15, 2010 9:33 PM
    …AND BEN RAPISTBERGER TEARS HIS DINKTORAL MUSCLE! STEELERS SUCK
    Aww someone a little upset that Ben has more SBs than your QB? Or maybe he raped your team one too many times 😦

  8. don’t worry the Patriots will be trading Brady to the Raiders in a year or two after they draft Tebow this year

  9. @drumbug71
    Gotta wonder if your brain cells have fried.
    The Steelers players have done enough in the past month to warrant ANT criticism

  10. this is got to be florio, he must of been so happy when he heard this. Because he is still so sad that the bruce destroyed his steelers and took them out of the playoffs. Bruce will be ready for opening day and he will be ready for the bigest turn around in NFL history. THE BRUCE WILL BE THE SUPERBOWL MVP

  11. A common injury when you are juicing.
    This is compounded by the stupid body-building exercises, versus stength training exercises that the Raiders were seen doing on the photos of their Voluntary Camps.
    In fact, there is photo of Bruce doing one of those stupid Hammer Strength machines, which are purely for the purpose of building inflated chesticles of highly dubious functional utility.
    These players should be doing O lifting, squats, ring work. That plus the massive amount of exogenous hormones will result in less of these types of injuries.
    This is a major disappointment for Gradkowski, he’ll be out for the year, and may even be cut. He may never get this opportunity to compete for a starting position again.

  12. Man, that sucks.
    I just heard Jamarcus pulled a muscle in his back.
    Apparently it was 2 for 1 Big Mac day and he pulled something when he tried to lift his sack of food.

  13. @ Cincinnasty
    Coming from a bengal fan, you should know where the bottom of the barrel is. You’ve been there since ’85. Your star player would rather be dancing than training for next season. What does that tell you about the bengals. From drug possessions to suicide, your bengals are far from being respectable.

  14. “Last year, he performed capably in place of Russell, putting together a game for the ages in his hometown of Pittsburgh, with three touchdown passes and a 121.8 passer rating in a 27-24 win.” Florio, how come when an average player has a good game against your Steelers you make it sound like a monumental accomplishment?

  15. “Last year, he performed capably in place of Russell, putting together a game for the ages in his hometown of Pittsburgh, with three touchdown passes and a 121.8 passer rating in a 27-24 win.” Florio, how come when an average player has a good game against your Steelers you make it sound like a monumental accomplishment?

  16. The Raiders need to get Jason Campbell! The young man has had 4 different systems and played good enough considering the circumstances. He would be great under Hughe Jackson! I’m so disapointed in Russell that it would be a miracle if he did anything positive next season. Make a move Raiders!

  17. torn pec is a bad injury especially if he did it lifting….riiipppppp. depending on how bad, he ain`t gonna be the same going into the season let alone training camp. its a shame.

  18. Looks like the Pats are a LOCK for a top 5 pick in the 2011 draft! (Richard Seymour trade)
    WOO HOO!

  19. Grimmlock42 says:
    April 15, 2010 10:09 PM
    @ Cincinnasty
    Coming from a bengal fan, you should know where the bottom of the barrel is. You’ve been there since ’85. Your star player would rather be dancing than training for next season. What does that tell you about the bengals. From drug possessions to suicide, your bengals are far from being respectable.
    ———————-
    Seriously. A Bengal fan taking a cheap shot at another team? Incredible. Have the Bengals won a playoff game since the Raiders were under Art Shell Part I, the country was under George Bush Part I, and the world was under the spell of Bill Cosby’s “Leonard, Part VI.”

  20. why don’t injuries like these happen to that fat QB ?
    oh wait why would the fat QB be found in the training room

  21. I don’t understand why QB’s push it so much in the weight room. I mean, look at Montana, i don’t think he ever lifted anything heavier than a football!

  22. irishgary says:
    April 15, 2010 9:57 PM
    @drumbug71
    Gotta wonder if your brain cells have fried.
    The Steelers players have done enough in the past month to warrant ANT criticism
    __________________________________
    I completely agree. It’s the scathing editorials that I’m talking about.
    Report the news. Don’t drag the entire city throught the mud.

  23. When you’re upset or disappointed that Bruce Gradkowski got hurt, your team must really suck.

  24. @ Gautam
    To quote portly, former MLB pitcher Rod Beck (rest his soul), “You can’t pull fat!” That’s why it won’t happen to JaBuffet Russell…
    You can’t pull fat.

  25. As a die-hard Browns fan, I wish they had held onto Gradkowski at the beginning of the 2009 season. He was picked up off of waivers after injuries to QB’s Quinn and Anderson and then thrown to wolves by then-coach Crennel for mop-up duty the last 2 games of the 2008 season with zero knowledge of the Browns offense. Predictably he did not do too well. Mangini released him when he took over in 2009.
    I was impressed by the job he did for the Raiders (Raiders beating the Steelers in week 13 and helping knock them out of the playoffs was especially sweet, I was LMAO). Given a chance I think he would have done better than Quinn/Anderson. I think that Bruce will compete with Boller for the starting QB job at Oakland.
    As far as JaMarcuss Russell goes………….well I’ll let the Raider faithful fill in the blanks!

  26. # Cereal Blogger says: April 16, 2010 9:13 AM
    Kyle Boller is the worst QB in the NFL….period
    I see you’ve never heard of JaMarcuss Russell?

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