Raiders WR Jacoby Ford Undergoes Foot Surgery, Not Expected Back for Weeks

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent ISeptember 11, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 17:  Wide receiver Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders walks the sidelines during the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 17, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford's pesky foot is derailing his 2012 season before it even has a chance to begin.

After embarking on the failed strategy that rest would heal the foot, which the speedy playmaker injured in the second preseason game, it is being reported that surgery is now required.

The Contra Costa Times' Steve Corkran tweeted out the news.

Coach Dennis Allen said he expects Jacoby Ford to miss a "significant" amount of time following surgery in North Carolina.

— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) September 11, 2012

Given the struggles Ford has already had with this foot, the word "significant" should not be taken lightly. Who knows if he will be back on the field this season at all at this point?

The third-year receiver out of Clemson missed six of the final seven games in 2011 due to an injury on the same foot.

This is a huge blow to the Raiders. Their offense lacked all explosiveness in their season-opening loss to the Chargers. They tallied just 14 points, eight of which came in the final minute, and quarterback Carson Palmer did not enjoy the luxury of open receivers downfield.

The offense was reduced to Darren McFadden and not much else. They could desperately use the big-play ability that Ford brings to the table in both the passing and kick return game.

The Raiders offense will be given a boost by the return of fellow wide receiver Denarius Moore. He missed almost the entire preseason and Week 1 with a hamstring injury, but he was a game-time decision for their opener, which is a good indication he should be ready to roll for Week 2.

Oakland is certainly going to need him. It is also likely that the Raiders will look at adding another receiver to the roster.