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Oakland Raiders' Jacoby Ford Could Be Out Until Opener

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Oakland Raider wide receiver Jacoby Ford's left hand is free of its cast, but Ford is likely going to miss the preseason. While it is definitely nice to know that Ford should not miss any of the regular season, it is still a big setback since he is going to miss all the repetitions that the preseason has to offer. By all accounts Ford is moving into a new role on the offense. The Raiders have been reportedly working on more pre-snap motion and shifts.

When Hue Jackson announced the injury he was hoping for a two-week recovery. But according to Vittorio Tafur from the sfgate.com it is sounds like that timetable was pushed back:

Receiver Jacoby Ford stayed behind during the Raiders off day Tuesday and had the heavy cast taken off his broken left hand. He is feeling a lot better, and will push to be back in time for the season opener. Coach Hue Jackson initially said Ford would be out a couple of weeks and then later when pressed said he thought Ford would play in the opener Sept. 12 in Denver.

Things could be much worse. And they may not even be that big of deal as it is now. Ford will still be able to keep up with conditioning work, and the offense can slide someone else into that role for practice. After all, it may now be Jacoby that has to adjust to this role as much as it will be his teammates—especially with the amount of offensive line turnover.