Frustrated Ford hopes to practice this week


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."

Report: Broncos RB Anderson undergoing knee surgery


Report: Broncos RB Anderson undergoing knee surgery

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday and that the extent of the damage will determine how long he's out.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't addressed specifics of Anderson's knee injury while awaiting medical reports.

Earlier Thursday, Anderson disputed a report that he had told people close to him that he was done for the season.

Anderson was injured on an 11-yard run Monday night against Houston but returned to the game and ran 14 more times for 84 yards and a TD, finishing with 107 yards in his best performance of the season.

Injury report: Taiwan Jones returns to Raiders practice

Injury report: Taiwan Jones returns to Raiders practice

SARASOTA, Fla. – Raiders special teams standout Taiwan Jones watched Wednesday’s practice from the bleachers. On Thursday, he got back on the field.

Jones was limited in a practice conducted at the IMG Academy, a sign that he’s close to full health after missing a game with a knee injury.

The Raiders were without their best cover men in Jacksonville, with Jones and Brynden Trawick sidelined with injury. It’s possible that both are back to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Trawick has been limited in practice this week. So were rehabbing offensive linemen Menelik Watson (calf) and Vadal Alexander (ankle). The Raiders hope to have one or both of them available in Tampa Bay. Austin Howard has started the last two games at right tackle.

The Raiders brought Mario Edwards Jr. out to Florida, though he hasn’t been formally cleared to practice.

Tampa Bay is still working without running back Doug Martin, who has been sidelined with a hamstring strain.

Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
DT Stacy McGee (knee)
Limited participation: RB Taiwan Jones (knee), Vadal Alexander (ankle), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder) OT Menelik Watson (calf), WR Andre Holmes (hip)

Buccaneers participation report
Did not practice:
RB Doug Martin (hamstring)
Limited participation: DE Robert Ayers (ankle), C Joe Hawley (ankle), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), DL Gerald McCoy (calf)