The 5-5 seasons posted by Oakland and Miami have been largely defined by injuries and inconsistent quarterback play, and that trend looks to continue on Sunday when the teams face off out west.
Both teams look likely to make changes from their week 11 starters under center.
For Oakland, Bruce Gradkowski has twice come on in the middle of games after Jason Campbell benchings, and both have struggled with injuries this year, but it appears that Campbell has again lost the job.
According to ProFootballTalk, Gradkowski has taken the majority of first-team reps this week, and when Tom Cable was asked about Campbell's role, he said, "We talk about a lot of things all the time [and] he is OK with where we’re going and what we’re doing. … He understands it’s the job. It comes with it."
Still, Mike Florio speculates that Gradkowski is given the nod despite Al Davis preferring Campbell because Davis is trying to let Cable dig his own grave as coach.
In Miami, Tony Sparano appears to be leaning towards letting Chad Henne return from his knee injury, but the health and efficacy of his offensive line is making the choice somewhat more difficult. Still, it will likely be the inconsistent Henne over the career 1-11 Tyler Thigpen on Sunday.
Thigpen's lone career win, however, did come in Oakland.
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