The expectation within the Raiders organization that quarterback Carson Palmer would start Sunday against AFC West rival Kansas City has transitioned to where two people close to the situation now believe it is unlikely that will happen.
However, a final decision hasn’t been reached.
“I’m 95 percent sure he is not going to play,” one source near the situation said Friday afternoon. “Practicing Wednesday and Thursday, he felt he’s not ready to make those high-velocity throws yet. Maybe they could decide something at the last minute, but I don’t think he’s going to play.”
Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders even told a Kansas City radio station that if Palmer “is breathing, he’s playing.”
But as the week has gone on, and Palmer has shared reps with both Kyle Boller and Terrelle Pryor.
Keep in mind, the Raiders are on Bye next week; before hosting the rival Broncos at the Coliseum in Week nine.