Chaz Schilens may need surgery

It seems the promising career of Oakland receiver Chaz Schilens may have hit another road block.

Oakland coach Tom Cable told reporters Monday that Schilens may need an arthroscopic knee surgery and that he is seeing a specialist Monday. Cable said it he is “very concerned” about the situation. Still, Cable said there he is hope that Schilens will be ready for Oakland’s season opener Sept. 12 at Tennessee.

Schilens has been hampered by a foot injury since last August. Cable said the knee injury may be the result of Schilens overcompensating for an injured foot. He missed eight games with the foot injury last season and he had another surgery in the offseason. He missed big chunks of this camp.

Schilens has fine potential and he is the Raiders’ No. 1 receiver. He is big and fast and he executes crisp routes. He has potential to be a difference maker. The seventh-round pick in 2008 had 29 catches last season when he returned.

The team’s other top receivers are Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy. The two second-year players have potential, but it may be asking a lot of them to carry the load this season.

In reality, if Schilens is just going to miss a couple of weeks, this is no big deal. But the foot is still bothering him and the fact that more injuries are popping up has to be concerning.