Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on October 21, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT
If nothing else, Hue Jackson and the Raiders have successfully made their starting quarterback a mystery for this Sunday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that it now appears Kyle Boller will likely get the start against the Chiefs, not Carson Palmer as previous reports indicated.
Boller took the first team snaps to open practice Friday, according to Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune. Schefter notes that the Raiders and Palmer have realized the mental and physical hurdles involved in getting him ready so quickly.
“I’m 95 percent sure he is not going to play,” a source “close to the situation” told Schefter. “Practicing Wednesday and Thursday, he felt he’s not ready to make those high-velocity throws yet.”
Palmer is also just picking up the offense and it makes sense for him to learn and get ready during the team’s bye. Jackson indicated he won’t make a decision about his quarterback until he had his weekly Irish Coffee Friday night.
Sometimes, Hue Jackson is pretty awesome.