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ALAMEDA – Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub missed a second straight practice with elbow soreness. Last season Matt Flynn rested a similar injury around the same time, and eventually lost his starting job to backup Terrelle Pryor.
While there is similar timing and similar injuries between the two, head coach Dennis Allen insists that the same plot is not playing out for a second straight season.
“I don’t look at those two situations as the same,” Allen said.
When asked if the Raiders were still planning to Schaub starting the regular-season opener, Allen’s answer came without hesitation.
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It’s uncertain, yet highly unlikely that Schaub will play in Thursday’s exhibition finale against Seattle. While his presence at practice would help the passing game improve after a rocky preseason, the Raiders believe rest is more important in the big picture.
“You have to have some foresight in terms of getting ready for the opening game of the regular season,” Allen said. “Preseason games prepare you for that, but the true test is where you’re at on opening day. That’s where our focus is.”