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Oakland Raiders: What now, Michael Bush?

Coming into the season, when word came down about Michael Bush's hand injury, many fans were horrified.

Here was the bread and butter of the offense, a man they had tabbed to lead the club in rushing, now his duties would be delegated back to Darren McFadden. More than a few people felt with the busting of JaMarcus Russell, McFadden would be next on the hit list. With the exception of a breakout game against Kansas City in 2008....he hadn't been the yards machine we expected, signing as a first rounder that same year.

Now, two games into the season, things have been turned on their collective ear. Jason Campbell, who was supposed to be the next big thing, is now a bench-warmer. Darren McFadden, pushed into service has had decent games, back-to-back against the Titans and Rams and now facing a team that has been pathetic at stopping the Run: the Cards, in Arizona.

So what does Michael Bush do in this situation? Originally in training camp, Tom Cable kinda waffled, sometimes supportive of one, the other, and now he has to decide on what to do. While Bush was hurt, fans couldn't wait for Bush to get healthy. By no degree is Bush back to 100%, but likewise, against an easy opponent this would be a good time for him to get some game-time practice in.

Most of the choices rest with Cable and Hue Jackson, the man who came up with the idea of sitting Campbell and bringing up Bruce Gradkowski. This choice was also good, as Campbell just didn't seem to have a grasp of how to run and create, being a pocket statue.

If Bush can convince the coaches he can still perform, the two-headed monster could be back. But the Raiders might err on the side of caution, keeping Bush healthy until stronger opponents come along.

Like next week.


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