Dennis Allen not worried about QB's elbow

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Matt Schaub continues to be in a holding pattern, but both the Oakland Raiders quarterback and his head coach are insisting there are no long-term worries.

Most importantly for Schaub, coach Dennis Allen said Schaub is still on pace to be the starting quarterback when the Raiders open the season at the New York Jets on Sept. 7.

Schaub missed his second straight practice with elbow soreness Monday. Allen wouldn't rule him out for the preseason finale against Seattle on Thursday, but it would appear unlikely Schaub will play. Allen said second-round pick Derek Carr will play a lot Thursday against Seattle.

"I'm not concerned about it," Allen said. "But, we're going to take him day-by-day and try to make sure he's ready to go."

Allen says Schaub is day-to-day, and the QB said he's getting treatment and rest. Schaub said there is no time frame for his recovery, but he's confident he'll be fine.

Schaub, who says he's never had a problem with his elbow before, is dealing with a lingering injury that Allen said the team found out about on Saturday.

Elbow injuries are a familiar one in Oakland. At this time of the preseason last year, then starter Matt Flynn sat out for elbow issues and backup Terrelle Pryor was named the starter for the regular season shortly after. Allen said the situation this season is completely different.

On one hand, Schaub has struggled some this preseason. If Carr plays well Thursday, there will be calls for him to play.

But Allen is holding steadfast that is not the case. Carr said he "has to" be ready if he is called upon to start, but he doesn't foresee it. He said Schaub is "fine."

As I wrote Sunday, we have to take this at face value until further notice. I think this issue could loom for a week when the Raiders start preparing for the Jets in earnest. There is good news and bad news here.

The good news is Carr, who didn't start against the Packers will get valuable practice time with the starters this week and then valuable game time on Thursday. The bad news is Schaub needs more work with the first team and he can't do that while injured.

Sticking to the no-concern theme, Schaub downplayed the time lost on the field. We will go along with this being a minor issue all the way until it isn't.