Schilens out with broken foot

Wide receiver Chaz Schilens will miss the Raiders season opener and longer after breaking a bone in his left foot during Tuesday's joint practice with the 49ers. Find out what happened to Schilens and everything else that went in with S&BI's Training Camp update.

Chaz Schilens was having the best camp out of all of Oakland's wide receivers and was making a strong push to be the team's No. 1 wideout. That all changed Tuesday when the second-year player was running a route, planted his left foot to make a cut then immediately felt a sharp pain.

"I couldn't run anymore so I knew something was wrong," said Schilens, who hobbled out of the Raiders' locker room with the aid of a pair of crutches. "They told me my fifth metatarsal broke, so that's it. We'll see how fast I heal, see what they can do."

Typical injuries like this take 6-8 weeks to fully heal. Surgery is an option to expedite the process but several physicians prefer keeping patients in a walking boot or cast and letting the bone heal naturally.

Schilens isn't sure what the plan is with his foot. He only knows that the promising start he got off to with the Raiders has now been put on hold.

"It's pretty frustrating but you know we have good receivers, good young receivers," Schilens said. "I'll support those guys and help them any way I can and try to hurry up and get back out here as fast as I can. I can't focus on the negative. Got to just look for the healing process right now and move forward."

Schilens, a seventh-round draft pick a year ago, was making a strong bid to be one of JaMarcus Russell's top two receivers. With Javon Walker still on the mend from offseason knee surgery, Schilens stood a legitimate shot at being the No. 1 receiver in the Raiders' offense.

Instead, his injury leaves Oakland's receiving corps in limbo. Walker has not practiced with his teammates since training camp began but is expected to join workouts on Monday. But head coach Tom ‘Sluggo' Cable isn't sure if Walker will be able to play in the team's third or fourth preseason games, which would throw another wrench in the progress of the offense.

"We'll see what it is," Schilens said of his situation. "Whatever they say it is, I'll try to push the limits and heal up as fast as I can."


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