Explosive Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford is done for the year. Due to his Lisfranc injury, he has been placed on injured reserve—and not with the newly implemented distinction that would allow him to return this season.
Each team can send one player to the IR in a spot that would allow them to be activated further down the road. As a sign of the Raiders' ominous start to the year, they also had someone for that roster move after just the first week of the season.
ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted out the news.
Raiders placed WR Jacoby Ford on season-ending IR, and placed CB Ron Bartell on reserve/injured list that allows him to return this year.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 15, 2012
On their official website, the Raiders confirmed this news and also announced the corresponding roster moves that both cornerback Coye Francies and long snapper Nick Guess have been moved from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
The possibility of Bartell's return is promising. While he got beat for a couple of deep plays before leaving the Week 1 contest against the Chargers, he is Oakland's No. 1 corner, and they are not blessed with a lot of depth at that position.
The news on Ford is all grim, and it comes at a position the Raiders were ill-prepared to handle injuries. Oakland rolled the dice this season when they elected not to bring in any big-name or veteran free-agent wide receivers and roll with their talented but young receiving corps.
The massive flaw of this strategy is now rearing its ugly head, as this receiving group is not just young but also injury prone.
Ford and second-year pro Denarius Moore figured to be two of the Raiders' top three receivers. Both struggled with injuries last year, and both are struggling with them this year.
Moore, who is listed as probable on the official injury report, should be on the field for their Week 2 contest in Miami. The Raiders are going to need him, and they are going to need him to enjoy a good run of health.