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Raiders’ Gradkowski Reportedly Nursing Separated Shoulder

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Head coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders talks with quarterback Bruce Gradkowski #5 during the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Head coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders talks with quarterback Bruce Gradkowski #5 during the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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OAKLAND (CBS Sports) – Bruce Gradkowski and Jason Campbell have flip-flopped as the starting quarterback in Oakland all season. That might be coming to an end though, as reports indicate that Gradkowski has a separated shoulder.

That’s according to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times, who cites a source claiming the MRI on Gradkowski’s shoulder will reveal a “third-degree separation.”

Cable wouldn’t comment on the status of the injury yesterday, because the team was still awaiting the MRI results.

However, if the report of the separation is true, it’s all but guaranteed that Gradkowski will miss the remainder of the regular season. The shoulder he injured against the Dolphins is the same one he injured earlier this year, which caused him to miss four games as Campbell (temporarily) established himself as the starter (again) in Oakland.

This news isn’t good for Gradkowski, of course, but it might be for the best as far as the Raiders’ long-term quarterbacking situation goes — they can give Campbell five games to try and make the best out of the rest of their season.

If he fails, perhaps they’ll have a better lead on what to do in the future. And if he succeeds, he can always just get replaced by Gradkowski again next year.

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