Wide receiver Jacoby Ford underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair the injured Lisfranc joint in his left foot, but there is no timetable for his return, and no decision has been made on whether he'll land on injured reserve -- short-term or long -- Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Thursday.
Allen also confirmed a report that starting left cornerback Ron Bartell suffered a broken shoulder blade Monday night against San Diego. There is no timetable for Bartell's return, either, and backup Pat Lee will start in his place Sunday at Miami.
“He's obviously out for a pretty good period of time,” Allen said of Ford. “I don't know exactly what that timeframe is yet. They said the procedure went well.”
Ford missed six games last year with what was described as a sprained left foot. There had been no mention of a Lisfranc injury last year or this year until Wednesday. That's the same injury that cost running back Darren McFadden nine games last season.
“As I understand it, anyway, it's the Lisfranc that he had last year. It's the same exact injury,” Allen said. “They expected it to get better, and it didn't get better, or at least it wasn't good enough for him to do that job that he's going to have to do. We all felt like surgery was the best option.”
Ford was injured on Aug. 17 during a preseason game at Arizona.
Allen said he expects to make a decision about whether Ford will go on some form of injured reserve “pretty soon.”
Allen said he doesn't know whether Bartell will need surgery and isn't sure how much time he'll miss. He said he “feels good” about the group of corners he has and is confident in Lee.
“Pat Lee did a nice job coming into the game the other night and filling in when he went out in the second quarter,” Allen said. “We've got all the confidence in the world in the guys that we've got here.”
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