By Steve Corkran
Saturday, August 18th, 2012 at 8:59 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders have been thin at wide receiver for most of training camp, with Denarius Moore and Eddie McGee missing considerable time with hamstring injuries. Well, the news that Jacoby Ford is going to miss some time with a sprained foot doesn’t do much to help the situation.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said an MRI revealed a sprained left foot on the same foot that Ford injured last season. Ford suffered the injury at the end of a reception Friday night against the Arizona Cardinals.
“It looks like Jacoby’s going to miss a little bit of time, don’t know exactly to what extent yet,” Allen said. “We’re still seeing where he’s at, but we did an MRI on his foot and we’ll see where he’s at.”
On the bright side, Allen said he expects to get back Moore sooner rather than later. Moore did not play in either of Oakland’s first two exhibition games. McGee played Friday night after sitting out the opener.
Allen also said that general manager Reggie McKenzie is keeping tabs on the free agents available in case it reaches the point where the Raiders need to bring in another healthy body or two.
– Same goes for running back, where Mike Goodson is recovering from weakness in his shoulders as a result of a hit against the Cardinals and Jones still hasn’t made it back from his lingering hamstring injury.
– Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly called Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb “scared” and “skittish” after Friday night’s game.
Kelly was among a Raiders contingent that harassed Kolb throughout the game, with Kolb not even bothering to look for open receivers and chucking the ball before he got drilled on some plays.
Naturally, Kolb took exception to Kelly’s comments.
“Scared? Scared of what?” Kolb said on the team’s website. “Taking a hit? I have never been afraid of anyone on the field and that will never change. That includes number 93 (Kelly). There’s a fine line between holding in the pocket and trying to escape to make a play.
“Tommy Kelly is too clueless to know the difference. I don’t mind people criticizing my play. Don’t ever question my toughness.”
– With Moore and Ford out of action until further notice, all eyes are on Bryan McCann in terms of manning the punt and kick returns.
McCann handled those duties with the Dallas Cowboys earlier in his career, and he subbed for the Raiders at times last season.
It’s likely that Allen also will check into the likes of Juron Criner and DeAundre Muhammad to see whether either of them are better options on returns.
– Allen relied upon Darren McFadden on back-to-back runs near the Cardinals goal line Friday night. To no avail. Yet, Allen said he isn’t deterred from using McFadden in that capacity.
“He’s the guy we’re counting on to be our bell cow,” Allen said. “We want to hand him the ball and see if we can get a yard.”
Michael Bush handled that role more times than not in recent seasons. With Bush in Chicago, McFadden steps to the fore. If he doesn’t succeed, Allen will be forced to try someone from the likes of Jones, Goodson, Lonyae Miller, Marcel Reece or Owen Schmitt.
– Quote of the day: “We’re a work in progress, offensively, defensively and special teams.” — Allen
– Carson Palmer’s stat line from Friday night’s game seemed pretty decent. A closer look revealed several errant throws, a bad decision on a pass that was intercepted and an inability to get into a desirable rhythm.
Yeah, so what? Allen said. It’s the exhibition season, and Palmer’s play isn’t among the things he is concerned about at this point.
“Carson still is learning this offense,” Allen said. “I don’t have any reservations or any doubt at all about Carson Palmer. He’s had a good camp. I expect when opening day comes around that he’ll be a good player for us.”
– The Raiders won’t be in pads when practice starts Sunday, Allen said. However, they will work out in pads at some point between now and the exhibition game against the Detroit Lions on Aug. 25.
– Rookie Rod Streater totaled seven receptions for 43 yards against the Cardinals. That’s nice and all, but Allen was even more impressed by Streater’s hustle in chasing down a defensive back that intercepted Palmer.
“The play that he made on running the guy down was outstanding,” Allen said. “It’s exceptional. And that’s something that everybody on the team needs to understand that and needs to see that, because that’s the type of effort that we’re going to need to win. That’s what we’re looking for.”
Streater also dived into a pile in an attempt to recover one of Goodson’s two fumbles.
“This is a guy that, he continues to do what he needs to do, he continues to work and he continues to play hard,” Allen said. “I don’t think it’s any surprise that he’s reaping some of the benefits of it because of the way he’s going about doing his job.”
– Outside linebacker Aaron Curry rejoined the Raiders on Saturday, Allen said.
What’s more, Curry went through what Allen called a running program and “looked pretty good.”
Curry has missed all of training camp with a sore knee. Awhile back, he flew to Los Angeles so that he could receive treatment from a specialist.
No word yet on whether those treatments worked well enough for Curry to practice, play in an exhibition game or regain his starting spot at the weak-side position.
“We’ll look at him tomorrow and see where he’s at and kind of evaluate him as we go along,” Allen said.
Rookie Miles Burris is working at Curry’s spot in the interim.