The Raiders are only one week into the 2012 season and already injuries are claiming valued contributors on the roster. Ahead of tomorrow’s clash in Miami the Raiders have placed both Jacoby Ford and Ron Bartell on IR.
For Ford this marks the end of his season as was speculated once his foot surgery was announced. This marks two straight years of the same foot injury for the return specialist and playmaker from Clemson. It also signals a significant source of concern for the Silver and Black. No telling if this is going to be an ongoing issue during the course of Jacoby’s career or if he’ll bounce back after his season ending surgery.
Bartell, on the other hand, might be back as soon as the end of October if all goes well. Normally players placed on the IR are lost for the season. Under the NFL’s new rules each franchise can designate one player on a temporary IR that will be eligible to return after six weeks.
Bartell’s debut as a Raider lasted just one half as he was out after suffering a broken shoulder during the Monday Night disaster that was the loss to the Chargers.