Raiders notes: Ford to be out awhile after foot surgery

Published: Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 13, 2012 - 5:52 pm

ALAMEDA – Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford was scheduled to have surgery on his troublesome left foot Tuesday and likely will be out for "a significant amount of time," coach Dennis Allen said.

Ford missed six games toward the end of last season with a foot injury and aggravated it in Oakland's second exhibition game Aug. 17 at Arizona. He hasn't practiced since.

Allen said Ford, who was not at O.co Coliseum for the Raiders' season-opening 22-14 loss to San Diego on Monday night, was simply not recovering as hoped.

"After visiting with the foot specialist in Carolina, everybody thought that given a little bit of time he could come back from it," Allen said. "After giving it some time and re-evaluating, everybody, the medical people, felt like surgery was probably the best thing for him."

Allen said the Raiders would consider using the league's new injured reserve rule for Ford, which allows teams to designate one player to return from IR to practice after six weeks and to games after eight weeks. Previously, any player placed on injured reserve was lost for the season.

For now, Allen said he and general manager Reggie McKenzie will discuss whether to bring up a receiver from the practice squad or look outside for help. The two receivers on the practice squad are Brandon Carswell and Travionte Session.

Losing Ford is a blow to the Raiders in terms of speed and big-play ability. In two seasons, he has averaged 17 yards on 44 catches and returned four kickoffs for touchdowns.

The Raiders currently have five other receivers on the active roster. Allen said he's "very hopeful" that Denarius Moore, who was inactive against the Chargers, will play Sunday against Miami.

Reece's deal extended – The Raiders announced they had finalized a contract extension with fullback Marcel Reece. Terms were not disclosed.

Reece, beginning his third full season with the Raiders after two years on the practice squad, caught 27 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns last year and was named a Pro Bowl alternate.

The versatile fullback missed some early offseason workouts while hoping for a long-term deal before signing his exclusive rights tender early in June.

Et cetera – Cornerback Ron Bartell left Monday's game early in the second quarter because of a shoulder injury and had an MRI on Tuesday. Allen said he didn't know the extent of the injury. Bartell was playing his first game with the Raiders and his first since missing the last 15 games of 2011 with St. Louis because of a neck injury.

• Allen said Stefen Wisniewski will get some first-team reps at center this week and that the starting job Sunday is still up for grabs between Wisniewski and Alex Parsons.

• The NFL said Tuesday that the Raiders should have been allowed to run a final play at the end of Monday's game because the Chargers were the first team to touch their last punt, downing it at the Raiders' 5 as time expired. The Raiders did not protest at the time. Allen said Tuesday he knew the rule but "wasn't sure exactly who touched the ball first when it happened."

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