...Walker could be released from the hospital Tuesday, a day after he was beaten, robbed and left unconscious on a Las Vegas street after a night of partying, police said.As MDS noted earlier, Walker was seen Saturday night at the Tryst in the Wynn hotel/casino Vegas "spraying the crowd with some of the 15 bottles of Dom Perignon Rose champagne he ordered." It looks like his night went noticeably downhill from there.
A large amount of cash and some jewelry were taken from Walker, who suffered "significant injuries," police said.
The Raiders had no comment on the incident, but it immediately raises concerns about who will be the team's big-play threat this season. Walker was signed to a six-year, $55 million deal in March, and he was going to be the guy to help JaMarcus Russell smoothly transition from backup to franchise quarterback.
Through minicamp and OTAs it hasn't happened because Walker has been recovering from a knee injury and put on a few pounds in the process. Prior to getting knocked out in Vegas, he had promised to be on the field when the Raiders met the Broncos in the season opener, but that looks like a long shot at this point.
There was speculation that, because of the current state of the offensive line, Oakland might have to abandon the "hey, go deep" offensive philosophy for shorter passes and an emphasis on the running game. With Walker's immediate future in doubt, the Raiders now have another reason.