The Oakland Raiders receiving corps took a huge hit on Tuesday afternoon, when it was announced that wide receiver Jacoby Ford will undergo surgery on his injured left foot and miss a significant amount of time, according to Silver And Black Pride.
Ford injured his foot in an Aug. 17 preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, and after the injury was slow to heal, he met with a specialist in North Carolina and decided to proceed with surgery. The injury is the same issue that forced him to miss six games in 2011.
"It's really basically the same injury that he had last year," said Raiders' head coach Dennis Allen. "When he re-injured it this season there was nothing new structurally different from where it was last year. After visiting with the foot specialist in North Carolina, everybody thought that given a little bit of time he would come back from it. After giving it some time and re-evaluating, everybody, the medical people, felt like that surgery was probably the best thing for him."
It's possible that the Raiders could place Ford on the NFL's new short-term injured reserve list, which would make him eligible for return after six weeks and open up a roster spot for the team in the interim. In Ford's absence, the Raiders' passing attack will rely heavily on running back Darren McFadden, tight end Brandon Myers, veteran receiver Derek Hagan and deep threat Denarius Moore, who has battled a hamstring injury and practiced sparingly, but is expected to be available for the team's Week 2 matchup with the Miami Dolphins.