Malcom Floyd #80 of the San Diego Chargers catches a twenty three yard pass over Ron Bartell #21 of the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter of the season opener
The Raiders got their new number one cornerback this season and after less than one half of football, they didn't have him any more. Ron Bartell was out all of last season with a broken neck and now he could be lost for as much as six weeks with a broken shoulder blade.
Bartell suffered the injury in the second quarter when Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd along the right sideline. He left the game and trainers began tending to him on the bench. Shortly thereafter he was taken to the locker room and didn't return.
The good news is the injury will not require surgery which means it's possible he could return in less than the usual six weeks healing time for broken bones.
The loss of Bartell comes on the heels of the team also learning the wide receiver Jacoby Ford will need surgery on his injured foot.
The team had already brought in Derek Hagan to make up for Ford's not being in the lineup but the team will now have to consider what to do to replace Bartell. Some options include activating Chimdi Chekwa from the practice squad or re-signing the recently waived Coye Francies.
Pat Lee replaced Bartell in the lineup on Monday and is expected to continue to do so.