No matter how much shorter camps are and no matter how much less contact occurs in said NFL camps there is one thing that cannot ever be avoided in the sport of football – injury. Every year we hear the same song and dance about how the preseason is only good for ending some teams’ hopes before the regular season even begins. The new CBA might have taken some of the contact out of a contact sport but it hasn’t totally changed the game, just ask Jacoby Ford.
With Zach Miller still in limbo the last thing the Raiders needed was a key offensive contributor to be hurt in the preseason. Unfortunately that’s exactly what has happened as Hue Jackson confirmed to Steve Corkran that Ford is out for “a couple weeks” with a broken hand.
“He broke his left hand and (it’s) unfortunate. Everybody’s looking, going, ‘Oh gosh, here we go.’ Jacoby Ford will be fine, O.K. And, again, those are the things that happen. But he’s good. He’ll be back. I feel very good about it. He’s good, his spirits are good and we’ll be rolling soon.”
There is no need to explain how vital it is for Ford to pick up where he left off last season. As a returner Ford is sure to be among those that will be on the don’t-kick-to-this-guy list after his record setting number of house calls made in 2010. However as a receiver Ford showed the ability to be a true playmaker and this is where he will be most important to Oakland in 2011.
While I can appreciate Coach Jackson’s positive approach there is some cause for concern depending on how severe the injury truly is. Let’s just hope this isn’t the same three week prognosis applied to Chaz Schilens last season.