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Jacoby Ford gives Raiders another scare on first day of camp

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Oakland Raiders receiver Jacoby Ford (12) at organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility.
Oakland Raiders receiver Jacoby Ford (12) at organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility.

Last season the Raiders were without Jacoby Ford nearly the entire training camp after breaking his hand just two days into camp. He gave the new coaching staff a real scare on his very first day.

He was sent on an end around which was read perfectly by cornerback Chimdi Chekwa and when Ford tried to juke him, he went down in a heap. He stayed on the ground for a moment, then attempted to walk it off but couldn't go but a couple steps before stopping again. He then sat down in the middle of the field while a trainer tended to his left knee.

Eventually he walked gingerly off to the sideline and the trainer continued to work on his knee. It appeared at the time that it could be somewhat serious. Then like nothing, he hopped up and trotted back onto the practice field to accompany Denarius Moore fielding punts.

"I am fine," Said Ford. "I was scared more than anything, but I finished practice fine."

It reminded me of watching a soccer game where the players act like they just had their leg severed and the wound cauterized with a blow torch right there on the field. Then seconds later, they spring to life like nothing happened. In that case, it is players flopping in an attempt to get a penalty called on the opposing player. That was not the case with Jacoby but the surprise in his return to the field was just the same after how serious the injury appeared initially.

Either way, it is great news that Ford is not injured. But we will see tomorrow if there are any residual effects from the incident. It is always possible there could be some soreness that would have the coaching staff holding him out as a precaution.