Raiders Camp Battle: Bartell vs. Chekwa

Raiders Camp Battle: Bartell vs. Chekwa
July 27, 2012, 5:50 pm
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RON BARTELL CHIMDI CHEKWA

Cornerback
Ron Bartell vs. Chimdi Chekwa
Tale of the tape:
Bartell: 8th season, 6-1, 210, Howard
Chekwa: 2nd season, 6-0, 190, Ohio State
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Both are physical, rugged hard-hitters for cornerbacks, even if both are coming off season-ending injuries. Bartell, in fact, suffered a broken neck in his first game for the St. Louis Rams last season so there are plenty of questions regarding his durability and willingness to, well, stick his neck out there on a runaway running back. He, however, has no qualms. At least, not yet. "I didn't actually know that I had fractured my neck," said Bartell, who surrendered two completions the three times he was thrown at, for 48 yards, last season. "It felt more like a stingerso I never had to go through that anxiety of getting carted off the field or losing feeling or paralysis or anything. I'm fine. I'm ready to go." Chekwa, meanwhile, dislocated his shoulder on the first day of padded practice last summer, then was shut down with a hamstring injury after appearing in four games with one start. "Last year, I think I competed," said Chekwa, who gave up nine completions the 14 times he was targeted, for 126 yards and a touchdown. "I am happy that I competed, but I had a couple of injuries last year. I am looking forward to doing a better job of staying healthy this year and staying on the field."