Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is pushed out of bounds by Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer. Heyward-Bey finished with three catches for 43 yards.

Bartell has another rough debut

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 - 1:15 pm

OAKLAND – The Raiders' revamped group of cornerbacks made their debut, and for one of them, it was a repeat of how he began last season.

For the second season opener in a row, Ron Bartell left the game because of an injury.

Bartell was playing for the St. Louis Rams last season when a neck injury in the season opener forced him to miss the rest of the season.

Bartell left his Raiders debut Monday night before halftime at O.co. Coliseum with a shoulder and elbow injury.

Bartell's night hadn't gotten off to a great start.

He was in coverage on long pass completions by the Chargers, to Malcom Floyd (23 yards) and Robert Meachem (46 yards).

Bartell was replaced by Pat Lee.

New deal? – Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com reported that Raiders fullback Marcel Reece would finalize a contract extension prior to Oakland playing the Chargers.

Reece was an exclusive-rights free agent this past offseason and missed most of the offseason program hoping for a long-term deal.

Instead, Reece signed a one-year tender worth $540,000 in May. Reece was a Pro Bowl alternate last season, having successfully moved from college wide receiver to fullback.

The Raiders still prefer to use the 6-foot-2, 250-pound back as a pass catcher and added Owen Schmitt in the offseason to play the role of the traditional blocking fullback.

The Raiders had not confirmed that Reece and the team had an agreement.

Inactives – Two of the Raiders' top-three wide receivers did not dress for the game.

Jacoby Ford (foot) had been ruled out Saturday. Denarius Moore (hamstring) was a game-time decision after returning to practice last Thursday after being out since Aug. 5.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Saturday the team was at a "standstill" with Ford's progress.

Ford has been out since Aug. 17, when he left Oakland's second preseason game because of the injury.

That left undrafted rookie Rod Streater starting opposite Darrius Heyward-Bey at wide receiver.

Streater's first career catch was for eight yards and a first down. But the rookie fumbled the ball, also giving him his first NFL turnover.

The injuries also meant Derek Hagan, who practiced for the first time Thursday after signing with the team, saw significant time at wide receiver.

The only other wide receiver the Raiders had available was rookie Juron Criner.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, offensive linemen Joe Barksdale, Tony Bergstrom, Lucas Nix and defensive end Jack Crawford also were inactive for the Raiders.

The Chargers were without starting running back Ryan Matthews and left tackle Jared Gaither on offense. Nose tackle Antonio Garay was the only starting defender among Charger inactives.

Locals watch – Raiders rookie Miles Burris started his first NFL game at outside linebacker.

The former Granite Bay High School standout earned the job while Aaron Curry continues to rehab a knee injury that forced the Raiders to put him on the physically unable to perform list.

San Diego receiver Malcom Floyd, who played for River City High School in West Sacramento caught a touchdown pass for the Chargers.

Former Del Campo High School standout Donald Butler starts at inside linebacker for the Chargers.

Mic check – Ice Cube's pregame performance was interrupted by technical problems.

The legendary rapper was beginning a medley of his hits when his microphone went silent during his verse from the Westside Connection hit "Bow Down."

After a few minutes Ice Cube returned, joking that the Chargers must have been in charge of the electricity.

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