Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/13/12

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 21: Ryan Clark and James Farrior of the Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Jacoby Ford of the Oakland Raiders during the game on November 21, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Oakland Raiders injury situation continues to grow. Starting cornerback Ron Bartell suffered a fracture to the scapula in his shoulder. Wide receiver Jacoby Ford, who missed the season opener, had successful surgery on his Lisfranc injury today. Ford suffered the same injury last year to the same foot and will be out an extended period of time.

“He’s obviously out for a pretty good period of time,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said of the Ford surgery. “I don’t know exactly what that timeframe is yet. They said the procedure went well. Again, we’ll see how long that means.”

The Raiders have not made a decision whether or not they would put Ford on injured reserve, ending his season. As for Bartell, the shoulder fracture will also sideline him for some time as well. It is unknown if he will need surgery.

“He’s got a fracture of the scapula,” Allen said. “I don’t know exactly how long that means that he’ll be out, but he’ll obviously miss some time.”

Oakland is always looking to add players to the roster if it can help the team. However, right now the plan is to remain steadfast with the five receivers they have on the current roster and don't plan on adding anyone to replace Ford. Rookie Rod Streater made some mistakes in his first career game, but showed the ability to be a contributor in the league. Derek Hagan had very little time to adjust to the Raiders new offense, but made a few nice first down catches. Most importantly, Denarius Moore should be ready to play against the Miami Dolphins after missing the season opener with a hamstring injury. Moore is the most explosive and dangerous weapon in the Raiders' receiving corps.

“Five is the number we kind of intended to take into the season, so where we’re at right now we feel good about,” Allen said of the receiver position.

As for the secondary, Pat Lee filled in for Bartell when he exited the game with the shoulder injury. He is now slated to be the starter opposite Shawntae Spencer. When the Raiders need to bring in an extra defensive back, they will turn to Joselio Hanson.

“I thought Pat Lee did a nice job coming into the game the other night filling in for Ron when he went out in the second quarter so we’ve got all the confidence in the world in the guys we’ve got here,” Allen said.

Other Oakland injuries include long snapper Jon Condo, middle linebacker Rolando McClain, and running back Taiwan Jones. Condo is going through concussion test protocol established by the NFL. He will need to be cleared to play before returning to action. McClain was bothered by an ankle injury and Jones has rib soreness. Both will be evaluated on a day to day basis.

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