The Oakland Raiders have placed WR Jacoby Ford on season-ending injured reserve. In addition, the Raiders have also placed Ron Bartell on the brand new designation of injured reserve with the possibility of returning before the end of the season.
Jacoby Ford is obviously a major hit to the team due to his propensity for explosive plays both on offense and on special teams. The Raiders struggled in the first game versus the Chargers in both areas and it greatly contributed to the loss.
Ford has played in 24 games and has 44 receptions for 749 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also has 4 kick return touchdowns in his career including two 101 yard touchdown returns. That part of his game will be sorely missed, but his prowess as a slot receiver can not be overlooked.
As far as Ron Bartell, the news is a little bit better. Although the fact that he is injured bad enough to have to go on injured reserve, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. With the new designation, Bartell should be eligible to return for the 9th game of the season if he’s healthy enough. Here are the new rules for the injured reserve designation;
- Only players with a “major injury” who are placed on Reserve/Injured after 3 p.m. central on Sept. 4, or thereafter during the season, will be eligible to be reactivated at a later time.
- A “major injury” is defined as an injury that renders the player unable to practice or play football for at least six weeks (42 calendar days) from the date of injury.
- Each team may reactivate only one player placed on Reserve/Injured after 3 p.m. central on Sept. 4. That player must be “designated for return” at the time the club places him on Reserve/Injured, and such designation shall appear on that day’s Personnel Notice.
- Such player is eligible to return to practice if he has been on Reserve/Injured for at least six weeks from the date he is placed on Reserve. He is eligible to return to the Active List if he has been on Reserve/Injured for at least eight weeks from the date he is placed on Reserve.
- Since this rule was adopted after the cutdown to 75 players, for 2012 only, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to a transition procedure that permits clubs to return to their 53-player active list one player placed on Reserve/Injured since the start of preseason training camp. This selection of that player must have been made no later than 8 p.m. on Aug. 31.
There were a couple of other moves announced by the team on it’s official website as well.
First, the team gave the final word on Jon Condo. Unfortunately it looks like Condo failed his concussion tests, and will not be allowed to play tomorrow.
And second, two other corresponding moves were made to make up for the loss of those players. Coye Francies has been elevated from the practice squad to which he had signed this past Wednesday after having been waived before the start of the regular season. Also, the recently signed Nick Guess was elevated to the 53-man to take Pro Bowl long-snapper Jon Condo’s place on special teams duty.