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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
CB Ronald Bartell out for several weeks

By Bill Williamson

In addition to a potential season-ending injury suffered by receiver Jacoby Ford, the Raiders are dealing with playing without starting cornerback Ronald Bartell.

Bartell has a broken left shoulder blade. Because no surgery is needed, his recovery time could be less than six weeks. There is hope he could be back in four weeks. Bartell is meeting with a specialist to get more information.

Bartell was injured in the first half Monday. Pat Lee took Bartell’s place and he is line to start.

The Raiders had high hopes for Bartell when they signed him to a one-year contract this offseason. He had success in his career with the Rams, but he missed last season with a neck injury. This injury further hurts one of Oakland’s thinnest areas for the time being.

In other AFC West news:

The Chargers added offensive line depth by signing veteran Reggie Wells. He adds depth at guard and tackle. Wells is a solid player and a good addition for the Chargers.