Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford has been unable to stay on the practice field this preseason and training camp. He suffered a hamstring injury early in camp, returned too soon and re-aggravated the same injury. Now he is back at practice for the third time with a fully healed hamstring and hoping to play Friday in the third preseason game against the Chicago Bears.
“I’m hoping to play,” Ford said of the third preseason game. “You know I have to see what the offense wants me to do. Whatever they want me to do I have to go with it.”
Ford is a big part of the Raiders 2013 season plans. He has difference making speed which he doesn't believe will be affected by the hamstring. He started to develop at receiver last preseason, but a Lisfranc foot injury ended his season. Now he has the hamstring aliment keeping him from practice and building chemistry with the new offense and teammates especially quarterback Matt Flynn.
“It’s definitely back,” Ford said of his speed burst. “Before it was kind of hard to accelerate and I was probably a little bit more timid. Now I am 100 percent just full go.”
He is going to have to stay healthy in order to give the Raiders any hope he can be an impact player this season. If he can get through the rest of the practice week, Ford has a chance to play Friday. However, the Raiders and head coach Dennis Allen may be cautious with Ford and keep him out until the start of the regular season.
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