Stem cell treatments didn’t do the trick for Raiders linebacker Aaron Curry.
Curry expressed confidence that the therapy was working last week, but he left Raiders camp at the end of the week to head to Los Angeles for a second opinion on his ailing knees. Curry, acquired in a trade with the Seahawks last season, has been on the PUP list since the start of camp and Coach Dennis Allen admitted that Curry might not be ready to start the season.
“We’re getting closer to that point,” Allen said, via CBSSports.com. “I don’t know exactly where that is. Obviously he was not the same healthy Aaron Curry that we saw on tape last year. We’re trying to do everything we can to give him a chance to get healthy so he can be out there opening night. We’re getting closer to that point where that might not be a possibility but it’s not there yet.”
If Curry, the fourth overall pick of the 2009 draft, isn’t ready to go on opening day, the uncertainty will shift to whether or not he’s able to play at all this season for the Raiders. Curry restructured his contract this offseason and he has no guaranteed money coming his way after this season. If his knees can’t improve enough to get him on the field in 2012, Curry might not play another down for the Raiders.