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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.

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52 Responses to “Bruce Gradkowski tears pectoral muscle”
  1. grant says: Apr 15, 2010 9:20 PM

    SIGN TROY SMITH !

  2. Cincinnasty says: Apr 15, 2010 9:21 PM

    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..

  3. 7SuperBowlsRUS says: Apr 15, 2010 9:22 PM

    Another Western PA QB!! I hope he takes that team over!!!

  4. drumbug71 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:22 PM

    “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!

  5. Junior says: Apr 15, 2010 9:23 PM

    See… now you know why Russell doesn’t hit the weights.

  6. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says: Apr 15, 2010 9:23 PM

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

  7. soberjoe says: Apr 15, 2010 9:24 PM

    Screw surgery and rehab, he’ll still beat out Russell.

  8. dogma1 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:30 PM

    Yeah Raiders need a QB, Bruce could never make a full season

  9. Chapnasty2 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:33 PM

    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.

  10. scrapdawg12 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:33 PM

    bums

  11. chadgoy says: Apr 15, 2010 9:33 PM

    …AND BEN RAPISTBERGER TEARS HIS DINKTORAL MUSCLE! STEELERS SUCK

  12. Raiders4Life26 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:35 PM

    well this sucks

  13. moolah954 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:35 PM

    If they would of put Gradkowski from the start the could of won 2 or 3 more games

  14. habibfromnewdehli says: Apr 15, 2010 9:36 PM

    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.

  15. Raider Pride says: Apr 15, 2010 9:37 PM

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

  16. PUR-D33 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:37 PM

    And there goes Ben to Oakland

  17. nfcbeast says: Apr 15, 2010 9:37 PM

    Guess thats why they picked up a QB….Oakland….sigh….Oakland

  18. irishsamurai says: Apr 15, 2010 9:39 PM

    i am starting to really think that franchise is indeed cursed

  19. cs_foodie says: Apr 15, 2010 9:41 PM

    WHICH pectoral muscle?

  20. swervinmervin says: Apr 15, 2010 9:43 PM

    Poor guy. He just cant catch a break.

  21. CookieFlash says: Apr 15, 2010 9:44 PM

    Go Toledo Rockets!

  22. DanRooney says: Apr 15, 2010 9:50 PM

    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 :(

  23. Rick says: Apr 15, 2010 9:51 PM

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

  24. WhoDey_Man says: Apr 15, 2010 9:55 PM

    wow. like it could get worse…

  25. irishgary says: Apr 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

  26. raidersteve413 says: Apr 15, 2010 9:58 PM

    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

  27. SleazyWhipcashPersonalInjuryAttorney says: Apr 15, 2010 9:59 PM

    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.

  28. TFBuckFutter says: Apr 15, 2010 10:06 PM

    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.

  29. Grimmlock42 says: Apr 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.

  30. phad711 says: Apr 15, 2010 10:11 PM

    Heal quick Bruce Almighty!! If not, we’re sunk!

  31. steeelfann says: Apr 15, 2010 10:11 PM

    That is great news, I didn’t know he had one.

  32. Beezer says: Apr 15, 2010 10:13 PM

    “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?

  33. Beezer says: Apr 15, 2010 10:14 PM

    “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?

  34. robert ethan says: Apr 15, 2010 10:27 PM

    In other news JaMarcus Russell tore a rectal muscle trying to pass a partly digested lamb.

  35. Buckster222 says: Apr 15, 2010 11:01 PM

    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!

  36. gregoriorossini says: Apr 15, 2010 11:10 PM

    Trade for Pat White
    PLEASE

  37. polishkingski says: Apr 15, 2010 11:17 PM

    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.

  38. biggregmoney says: Apr 15, 2010 11:19 PM

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

  39. MasterShake says: Apr 15, 2010 11:23 PM

    Ren Hoek is ashamed of Gradkowski. You and your pectoral muscles.

  40. MasterShake says: Apr 15, 2010 11:24 PM

    Or the ever popular -
    I must, I must, I must improve my bust!

  41. AutumnWind999 says: Apr 15, 2010 11:27 PM

    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.”

  42. Jack Burton says: Apr 15, 2010 11:43 PM

    You sure he wasn’t bringing Jabroni Russell his Carls Jr order?

  43. Gautam says: Apr 15, 2010 11:47 PM

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

  44. Tdk24 says: Apr 16, 2010 12:28 AM

    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!

  45. drumbug71 says: Apr 16, 2010 7:25 AM

    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.

  46. egypt123 says: Apr 16, 2010 7:47 AM

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

  47. GaryClark says: Apr 16, 2010 8:07 AM

    Bruce is a walking injury time bomb! BOOM!!! PEC? Out!

  48. Cereal Blogger says: Apr 16, 2010 9:13 AM

    Kyle Boller is the worst QB in the NFL….period

  49. swashbuccaler says: Apr 16, 2010 9:44 AM

    Russell gets another shot this year. And he will fail royally.

  50. biggregmoney says: Apr 16, 2010 10:01 AM

    @ 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.

  51. rolli1967 says: Apr 16, 2010 3:59 PM

    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!

  52. poprocksncoke says: Apr 16, 2010 4:35 PM

    # 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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