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Raiders' Jason Campbell Pinpoints a Week 13 Return

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Jason Campbell may not be lost for the regular season after all. Campbell broke his collarbone and had surgery on Monday.

Here's what Jerry McDonald had to say about a conversation with Jason Campbell:

"Campbell rolled down the window and told me he was headed for surgery, hoped to be be back in six weeks and that he was optimistic."

Jump over for the realities of this prognosis....

That six week return date is obviously optimistic. That is the quickest recovery date you see for collarbone breaks. As an example Tony Romo broke his collarbone in Week 7 last season. He did not play again that season.

Romo's break did not need surgery. Had the Cowboys been in the playoff hunt, Romo may have returned to the field at the end of the season.

Let's look on the bright side and say Campbell's rehab goes fantastic and he is ready to take the field in six weeks. This would have him playing in Week 13 against the Dolphins. That would be fantastic. It would provide a soft landing for Campbell, as they Raiders prepared to embark on an amazingly tough stretch of games.

They close out the season against Green Bay, Detroit, Kansas City and San Diego.

That said, I am not real hopeful that Campbell will be ready in six weeks. However, a Week 15 or 16 seems a like a more realistic possibility.