The football gods are clearly not happy with the Oakland Raiders. All summer long we knew that depth was going to be the biggest hurdle in Dennis Allen’s quest for a playoff birth. Well, as fate would have it the depth of Oakland’s roster is getting a serious test only one week into the 2012 season.
Ron Bartell made it through only one half of football during his Silver and Black debut and odds are he won’t get a chance to suit up again for at least a month. An MRI revealed that Bartell has a broken left shoulder blade that will keep him out of action for several weeks.
As if Reggie McKenzie didn’t already have reason to furiously scour the waiver wire for another receiver in lieu of Jacoby Ford’s surgery now he can add a new corner back to his discount shopping list. Of course the irony is McKenzie rid his roster of both Louis Murphy and DeMarcus Van Dyke. I bet he’d like to have at least one of those guys back at this point.
For Bartell this has to be disappointing. The veteran corner missed most all of last season after suffering a neck injury. This was supposed to be a bounce back year for Bartell offering a chance to extend his pro career. Instead it could be his final opportunity to start depending on how things shape up.
Even more disconcerting is that Jon Condo could miss Sunday’s game in Miami after suffering a concussion in the season opener. We already know how the Travis Goethel experiment went so it’s within reason that McKenzie could add a long snapper to his wish list too. Either that or just go for it on 4th down every time.