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Report: Gradkowski, not Campbell, to start for Raiders

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By PFW staff

The Raiders are the latest team to pull an early switch at quarterback.

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora is reporting that the Raiders have named Bruce Gradkowski the team's starter for Sunday against the Cardinals in Arizona, over Jason Campbell.

The Raiders traded for Campbell this offseason, and he won the job prior to the season after former No. 1 pick JaMarcus Russell was cut. But head coach Tom Cable has chosen not to review his plans at quarterback in sessions with the media since Gradkowski replaced Campbell in last Sunday's win over the Rams.

Gradkowski inherited a 7-3 deficit after Campbell completed only 8-of-15 passes with an interception against the Rams. But the offense was revived with Gradkowski, who threw for 162 yards in the second half of the Raiders' 16-14 win.

Although Campbell won the job in training camp, Gradkowski had been hampered by groin and pectoral injuries that hurt his chances of challenging for a starting job then.

The way we see it

This move is not a shock considering how Gradkowski rallied the team Sunday, preventing a potentially shocking loss to the Rams. Cable has said positive things about Gradkowski, who led the team to a few big wins late last season following the failed Russell experiment. But owner Al Davis has been a big Campbell supporter, comparing the QB to Jim Plunkett, so it's clear that Davis wasn't involved in this move, if the reports are true.

One thing to keep in mind is that we could see Campbell again if Gradkowski struggles or is beat up behind an offensive line that has been weak to date this season.

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