ALAMEDA -- Jacoby Ford stood at his locker with a sly grin on his face as the media crush surrounded him Monday morning. The injured receiverreturner who has played in less than half of the season knew the question was coming.Are you going to play on Sunday?The smile melted away almost as fast as he is when he breaks off a long kickoff return."Can't answer that," Ford said. And that was that.With so much on the line this weekend in the Raiders' season finale against San Diego -- lose, and the Raiders are eliminated from playoff consideration -- Ford and his sprained left foot are leaving his fate to, well, fate."I think it's going to come down to the decision of the coaches and the training staff, if they feel like I'm able to perform at the level that I can," he said. "I'm just kind of get-a-feel throughout the whole week. I'm just going to take it this whole week."So stay tuned?Ford has endured a slew of injuries this season. In training camp, he broke a hand. In the season opener, he strained a hamstring. And at San Diego, he injured the foot.He has not played since Nov. 10 and has already missed eight games."Some days it's sore, some days it feels good," Ford said. "Just depending week to week on how it feels. That kind of determines how much I'll do during the week as far as running on it."The key for Ford, though, is not being 100 percent, but being able to help his team, rather than hinder it."That's one thing I definitely wouldn't want to do," he said. "If I can go, I can go. If I can't, its like a tough break. I just hope I can."
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has 247,000 Twitter followers and, given his popularity in the Bay Area, it’s assumed a significant portion stems from this region.
Carr put that megaphone to good use.
Oakland Police sent out an Amber Alert on Saturday hoping to find a young boy gone missing, and Carr retweeted that call for public assistance.
The boy was quickly found after a citizen replied on Twitter and provided information that led to the rescue.
That led an Oakland police officer to credit Carr for helping find the boy.
Carr responded to the news on social media, happy police were able to find a missing child.
@OPDChris great news! Thank you for letting me know they are safe! God bless y'all!— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) January 15, 2017
Injury issues bookended Karl Joseph’s rookie year. The Raiders brought their first-round strong safety along slowly while recovering from ACL surgery, keeping him out of defensive action during 2016’s first two games. He missed four at regular-season’s end with a toe injury.
In the middle he played just fine. Joseph was solid against the run and impactful playing deep, allowing him and veteran Reggie Nelson to remain unpredictable in deep coverage.
Joseph finished the year with 60 tackles, an interception and six passes defensed.
That was good enough for recognition on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team, which was released on Tuesday following a vote of the association’s membership.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa were the offensive and defensive Rookies of the Year, respectively.