Parrella frustrated by missing action

"It kills me to watch. It would kill me if we were 6-0 and where we're at now kills me." -- Raiders DT John Parrella


Pardon Oakland Raiders defensive tackle John Parrella if he is not quite certain how to deal with the fact that he is missing time because of injury.

            Parrella enters Monday night's home game against the Kansas City Chiefs as one of eight starters on the Raiders' injury list with a groin problem. This is the first time in Parrella's 11-year NFL career that he has been seriously hurt and suggested he was frustrated by this rare circumstance.

Parrella is listed as doubtful but it is not yet known when he will return to action. The Raiders (2-4) follow Monday's game with a bye week that precedes a road game at Detroit.

"We've got some of the best care anywhere," Parrella said. "We're just trying to get the entire situation healed as quickly as it can whether that's today, tomorrow or whenever. It kills me to watch. It would kill me if we were 6-0 and where we're at now kills me."

Parrella did not travel for Oakland's 13-7 loss at Cleveland as he stayed at the Raiders facility to get treatment. There have been conflicting reports about Parrella's injury, which has been referred to as a strained groin and an abdominal injury. Parrella, however, cleared up the description of the injury.

"It's a groin tear, and there are some abdominal issues that we're not sure what they'll be down the road," Parrella said. "It's not something I'm concerned about long-term. I'm just concerned about today, tomorrow and the next few days as I try to get ready to play."

Parrella is listed as doubtful for Monday's game, which means there is only a 25 percent chance he will play.

"If it's a pain issue, I'm playing," Parrella said. "I don't think there's any doubt about that. If I can go out and put my hand down and just deal with the pain, I'd play today. But it's an issue where it has to heal itself, and I can't do anything to aggravate that. If I just take care of it the next few days and let the scarring come over it, I'm ready to roll."

Parrella hurt his groin during Oakland's 24-21 loss at Chicago while tackling quarterback Kordell Stewart. Parrella added that the muscle tore away from the bone.

"I'm going to learn great patience from this," Parrella said. "We've got great care here with (Raiders trainer) Rod Martin. … I take everybody else's recovery and take in half minus half. I just want to be there to help the team in any way possible."


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