Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub missed a second straight day of practice on Monday because of a sore elbow, but coach Dennis Allen insists that the team is not planning a reprise of last year when Matt Flynn’s elbow trouble led to Terrelle Pryor making a late leap up the depth chart.
“I don’t look at those two situations as the same,” Allen said, via Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group, when asked about the similarity to the way things played out at quarterback last season.
Allen also said that Schaub remains on pace to start the season opener against the Jets despite his elbow injury, which Allen said is not a major concern for him, and absence from practices that it appears he needs based on his preseason performances. Schaub is 24-of-47 for 218 yards and an interception in three appearances this summer, numbers that don’t look that different from what he put up in Houston before getting benched last season.
We’ll see how the Raiders wind up handling Thursday’s preseason finale, but it seems likely that rookie Derek Carr will get extended playing time after missing last week’s game against the Packers.