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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford (12) reaches for the endzone after making a catch during a practice session at the Raiders Training Camp facility in Napa, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders were pondering personnel moves at wide receiver, long-snapper and possibly cornerback Tuesday in the wake of their season-opening loss to the San Diego Chargers.

Wide receiver Jacoby Ford, absent from a 22-14 loss to the Chargers on Monday night, was in North Carolina and scheduled for surgery on his left foot, coach Dennis Allen said at his weekly press briefing.

Pro Bowl long-snapper Jon Condo, whose concussion in the second quarter led to the ill-fated snapping debut of linebacker Travis Goethel, can't practice until he completes the league concussion protocol.

In the meantime, the Raiders will check out the long-snapping market in addition to doing a better job preparing Goethel should he ever be in that position again, Allen said.

Finally, starting cornerback Ron Bartell will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken shoulder blade, according to ESPN.

The Raiders have only five cornerbacks on the roster after waiving Coye Francies last week to make room for wide receiver Derek Hagan.

There was no time frame on the amount of time Ford will miss. Allen said putting him on the "short-term'' injured reserve list, with a minimum time lost of six weeks, was a possibility.

Ford played in just eight games last season, missing six of the last seven with an injury to the same left foot.

As training camp opened, Ford was being groomed for a role as a receiver in the regular rotation in addition to duties as both a kickoff and punt return specialist. He was injured Aug. 17 in the second preseason game against Arizona and had minimal improvement since then.


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"It's basically the same injury he had last year,'' Allen said. "When he reinjured it this season, there was nothing new structurally different from where it was last year.

"After visiting with the foot specialist in Carolina, everybody thought that given a little bit of time he could come back from it. After giving it some time and re-evaluating, everybody, the medical people, felt like surgery was probably the best thing for him.''

Allen said he would meet with general manager Reggie McKenzie to discuss options and whether to add another receiver to the position group of Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, Hagan and rookies Rod Streater and Juron Criner.

If Moore is available to face Miami on Sunday, as is Allen's hope, the Raiders might not immediately make a move.

The biggest-named veterans on the market are Plaxico Burress, Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens. Asked about Johnson, who has a history with quarterback Carson Palmer, Allen said: "I wouldn't specify him specifically as there's interest there. We're going to look at everybody that's available.''

Wide receivers on the Oakland practice squad are Brandon Carswell and Travionte Sessions.



Allen took responsibility for not having adequately prepared Goethel if needed to snap. Two snaps rolled to Lechler resulted in losses in Raiders territory, and a third was blocked. All three led to field goals by Nate Kaeding.

"That falls on me. I've got to do a better job of making sure we're prepared for all those different situations,'' Allen said. "We practiced Travis snapping the ball, but we could have probably done a better job of putting him in more live-type situations and giving him the opportunity to do it, kind of representing what he would do in a regular game.''

Lechler said afterward he had "zero'' snaps with Goethel other than just "messing around a couple times'' and never simulating a game snap.

Without a history of concussions, Condo could be back to face Miami, and if he does miss time, it probably wouldn't be more than a week or two.

  • The Raiders confirmed fullback Marcel Reece, an exclusive-rights free agent, signed a contract extension. Terms were not disclosed.

  • The 18 passes intended for running back Darren McFadden (he caught 13) tied him with Philadelphia's Brian Westbrook and Tampa Bay's Earnest Graham as the most targets for a running back since 2007.

    Allen said the Raiders will look to involve more backs to keep McFadden fresh.

  • Stefen Wisniewski will get some first-team reps this week as he attempts to regain the job at starting center from Alex Parsons.

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