Saturday, September 15, 2012
Raiders make several moves official
By Bill Williamson
I arrived in San Diego on Saturday to some predictable news from the Oakland Raiders.
Even though it was expected, the news that No. 3 receiver and kick returner Jacoby Ford is out for the year stings for the Raiders. Ford, who missed six of the final seven games of last season with a foot injury, suffered a Lisfranc injury in his left foot in the preseason. He had surgery this week.
Oakland coach Dennis Allen told reporters this week he likes his five receivers. Yet, Oakland will miss Ford’s explosion. In other expected moves, Oakland put cornerback Ronald Bartell on the injured reserve, but he was given the designation that he can come back later this season. He is expected back in six weeks. He broke his left shoulder blade against the Chargers.
Oakland signed long snapper Nick Guess and cornerback Coye Francies. Guess was signed to long snap if Condo is not cleared to play. He suffered a concussion against the Chargers.
It will be interesting to see how Guess does. He is inexperienced in the NFL but at least he is a long snapper. Reserve linebacker Travis Goethel, who was pressed into duty, had three bad snaps that directly resulted in nine points for the Chargers in their 22-14 victory over the Raiders.
In other AFC West news:
The Chargers promoted cornerback Greg Gatson from the practice squad because they are banged up at the position. Veteran offensive lineman Reggie Wells was cut to make room for Gatson. Wells was recently signed and could always be brought back when the Chargers get healthy at cornerback.
Denver has listed nickel cornerback Chris Harris as questionable to play Monday night at Atlanta with an ankle injury. He did not practice all week.