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

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)

 A day after the season opening 22-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders were busy. The team announced they have reached a multiyear contract extension with fullback Marcel Reece. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen also announced that wide receiver Jacoby Ford will have surgery on his injured foot.

“Jacoby Ford is going to have surgery on his foot this afternoon in Carolina,” Allen said. “It’s really basically the same injury he had last year. When he re-injured it this season there was nothing new structurally different from where it was last year. After visiting with the foot specialist there in Carolina, everybody thought that given a little bit of time, he could come back from it. After giving it some time and reevaluating, everybody, the medical people, felt like surgery was the best thing for him.”

Ford missed eight games last season with the injury. He hurt the foot in the Raiders' second preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals after a catch and run. The third year wide receiver and returner is expected to miss a “significant” amount of time. Rookie Rod Streater and recently acquired Derek Hagan will fill in for Ford, unless the Raiders decide to bring in a free agent.

As for Reece he signed a multiple year extension with the Raiders. The teams of the new deal were not disclosed, but Reece is playing on his $540,000 exclusive rights tender he signed in June. The versatile fullback had two catches for 20 yards on Monday Night against the Chargers. The 6-2, 255 pound Reece had 52 catches for 634 yards the past two seasons for the Raiders.

“I think if you looked at the game the other night, you saw him being used in a lot of different ways,” Allen said of Reece. “I don’t know that he got the ball as much as what you might like, but a lot of that is dictated based of what kind of coverage you get in the passing game. I thought the way that we used Marcel yesterday was done the right way and I think he’s a weapon and we’re going to continue to find ways to use him.”


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