The Oakland Raiders come into the 2012 NFL season with major question marks in their wide receiver corps. With Carson Palmer as the quarterback, the team hopes that their young receivers step up, but injuries have depleted their depth. On August 17, the team suffered another injury as Jacoby Ford sprained his left foot in the 31-27 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Ford had an MRI on Saturday.
"Obviously, it looks like Jacoby is going to miss a little bit of time, don't know exactly to what extent yet," head coach Dennis Allen said. "We're still seeing where he's at."
This leaves Oakland with Darrius Heyward-Bey, who finally showed some promise in 2011, and Denarius Moore, who spent the 2011 season combining big weeks with weeks where he was invisible. Heyward-Bey left the game Friday with a sprained shoulder, and Moore has not played yet this NFL preseason as he slowly recovers from a hamstring injury.
This means Palmer will spend the preseason throwing the ball to reserves, giving him no chance to develop a relationship with his receiver corps. That is a bad sign for an Oakland Raiders' team that heads into the season with the youngest head coach in the NFL.
The Raiders will have to rely on running back Darren McFadden to keep their hopes alive. Can Oakland survive until their receivers are back to 100-percent?
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