|English: Jacoby Ford, a player on the Oakland Raiders American football team. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Jacoby Ford, who injured his foot on August 17th in an exhibition game against Arizona will require foot surgery. Ford was being groomed for a role as a receiver in addition to regular duties as a kickoff and punt return specialist.
This is the same injury Ford suffered last season, when he played just eight games, missing the last six of seven with the injury. Ford consulted with a specialist in North Carolina who encouraged him to have the surgery after the injury did not heal as quickly as anticipated.
"It's basically the same injury he had last year. When he reinjured it this season there was nothing structurally different from where it was last year. After visiting with a foot specialist in Carolina, everybody thought that given a little bit of time he would come back from it. After giving it some time and re-evaluating, everybody, the medical people, felt like that surgery was probably the best thing for him," said Allen.
When asked how long he thought Ford would be out recovering from the surgery, Allen said, "It will be a significant amount of time. I don't exactly know what that number would be."
The Raiders could place Ford on the new injured reserve list, which could sideline him for at least 6 weeks and open up a roster spot for another player.
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