Wide receiver Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders walks the sidelines during the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium
There was no way Jacoby Ford was going to see the field for the Raiders Monday Night. But he should have been on the Raiders' sideline during the game. He was nowhere to be found. As it turns out he was in North Carolina getting surgery done on his injured foot and Dennis Allen says he will be "out a significant amount of time."
He went on to say Ford's left foot didn't "respond like everybody was kind of hoping it would" to rest and rehabilitation.
He was the only Raider player who was ruled out for the game. He went down in the Raiders' second preseason game with a non-descript foot injury. The MRI results came up negative but he was still in a walking boot for a week after the game.
Ford had since been seen jogging on the foot and at Friday's practice came from the training room walking with no visible limp. He was also in attendance at the Raiders final practice last week at O.co Coliseum Saturday night. Although, his only work was tossing a ball back and forth on the sideline during team warm-ups.
At the time, Allen said the team was "at a standstill" with Ford's injury. Which is to say there is no progress being made. He also was asked if he thought Ford's foot required surgery to which he could only say "I don't know that."
After the Raiders season opening loss to the Chargers Monday night, head coach Dennis Allen confirmed Ford was not at the stadium for the game.
"I don't have an update on Jacoby today," Allen added. "We'll get in as an organization and look at it tomorrow and see where we're at and see where Jacoby is at."
It sounded serious at the time and as it turns out, it is very serious.