Jason Campbell sure acts like he's going to be the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback this week, even if coach Tom Cable isn't saying so.
Campbell and third-stringer Kyle Boller split reps with Oakland’s first team offense in practice Wednesday while Bruce Gradkowski remains limited with a sore throwing shoulder. Campbell also addressed the media from a podium adjacent to the Raiders’ practice fields, a duty generally reserved for the starter.
“Hey, I always prepare myself to be the starter,” Campbell said when asked if he is starting against Seattle on Sunday. “I’m just preparing myself to be ready.”
Cable said he’ll announce who will start at quarterback against Seattle by Friday.
Campbell had his best game of the season Sunday in a 59-14 win over Denver despite being without his top three receivers for much of the game. He completed 12 of 20 passes for 204 yards, two touchdowns and a 127.9 rating while helping the Raiders set a franchise record for points scored.
FAVRE STILL HOPING
Brett Favre is not ruling himself out of Sunday’s game at New England despite two fractures in his left ankle.
The 41-year-old Favre wore a large, gray walking boot on his left leg to the podium for a news conference, and he said he doesn’t anticipate participating in a full practice at all this week.
The Minnesota quarterback said he’s always had a knack for healing quickly, which gives him hope he’ll be able to play Sunday.
Favre was hurt in Sunday’s loss to Green Bay, and an MRI revealed a stress fracture in the ankle as well as an “avulsion” fracture in the heel bone, where a fragment has been torn away by a tendon or ligament. He doesn’t need surgery, and he said after consulting with doctors he’s confident he can’t make the injury worse by playing.
Since taking over as the starter for the Packers in 1992, Favre has started an NFL-record 291 consecutive games – 315 including the playoffs.
SMITH OUT, SMITH IN
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will miss Sunday’s game against Denver in London because of a separated left shoulder.
Head coach Mike Singletary said Wednesday that Smith will be sidelined for 2 to 3 weeks, and Troy Smith will start for the Niners.
“Troy Smith gives us a good opportunity to win this game,” Singletary said.
Troy Smith went 1-1 as a starter for the Ravens in 2007 but has thrown just 13 passes since that season.
Three days after what he said was the first concussion of his football career, Cardinals quarterback Max Hall pronounced himself “good to roll” for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers. The Colts ruled out receiver Austin Collie and safety Bob Sanders for Monday’s game against the Texans. Titans quarterback Vince Young returned to practice for the first time since spraining his leg on Oct. 18. The Rams signed former Pro Bowl safety Michael Lewis, who had been released by the 49ers. The Lions placed linebacker Zack Follett on season-ending injured reserve with a neck injury. The Chiefs signed free-agent linebacker Mark Simoneau.