Frustrated Ford hopes to practice this week

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Frustrated Ford hopes to practice this week

ALAMEDA -- This was supposed to be the year Jacoby Ford took his electrifying game to the next level.Instead, it's been more of a profile in frustration.Three times since the lockout ended Ford has been shut down due to injury -- a broken left hand suffered on the first day of hitting in training camp was followed by a strained right hamstring in the season opener at Denver, after he fumbled on the Raiders' first offensive play of the season and his sprained left foot suffered Nov. 10 at San Diego has kept him on the shelf ever since.
"It's just one of those years," said Ford, who has caught 17 passes for 260 yards with a touchdown while returning 11 kickoffs for 341 yards, including a 101-yarder for a touchdown against Cleveland."I just think it's a test. I definitely think it's something I will bounce back from. I've done it every time. Definitely frustrating but I'm not going to worry about it. Still going to have a smile on my face, I'm still going to be the same person. It's just that when I get back on the field it's back to work. It is what it is."Ford has missed four of the Raiders' 11 games, including the last two in a row.He hopes to practice this week. A likely return, though, appears to be the following week, in the freezing temperatures of Green Bay."It's kind of how it feels," Ford said. "It's kind of week-by-week, day-by-day. That's just kind of how we're taking it. Slow process but it's getting there. It's definitely getting better."

Oakland police credit Raiders QB Derek Carr for helping find missing child

Oakland police credit Raiders QB Derek Carr for helping find missing child

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.

Raiders S Karl Joseph named to PFWA All-Rookie team

Raiders S Karl Joseph named to PFWA All-Rookie team

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.