Raider quarterback Jeff Hostetler is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to Coach Art Shell.
Hostetler has a sprained right ankle, an injury suffered a week ago against the Cleveland Browns.
Hostetler was hurt on the game’s opening drive, injuring his left knee as well as his ankle. But he continued to play, despite getting sacked five times and being forced to the sidelines several times for repairs. The knee remains sore, but it is the ankle that has prevented Hostetler from returning to the practice field. Swelling in that ankle has gone down, but whether the quarterback will have sufficient mobility to play Sunday remains to be determined.
Asked about it Monday, Hostetler simply threw up his hands, but wouldn’t comment.
“We are getting Vince Evans and Billy Joe Hobert prepared to play,” Shell said, “and we’ll go from there. It’s a long week and we’ll see where he (Hostetler) is by the end of it.”
The bye last weekend was what any doctor would have ordered for the other injured Raiders--running back Nick Bell (hamstring), offensive lineman Bruce Wilkerson (knee), receiver-kick returner Rocket Ismail (back), center Don Mosebar (groin), special teams player Elvis Patterson (thigh), defensive lineman Chester McGlockton (toe) and linebacker Joe Kelly (leg).
The anticipation is growing for Sunday when Kansas City running back Marcus Allen makes his first appearance against the Raiders, the team he played for for 11 seasons until a feud with owner Al Davis caused him to go elsewhere.
What will it be like for the Raiders to face Allen?
“I won’t really know until I’m there,” said defensive lineman Howie Long, an Allen teammate for all 11 years. "(Last year’s controversy) was none of my business, but I’ll tell you this. If my boys grow up to be like him (Allen), I would not be disappointed.”