The San Diego Chargers dared Carson Palmer to beat them deep Monday night. Without Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford at his disposal, the Oakland Raiders' quarterback leaned on Darren McFadden like a crutch.
Palmer could get Moore back next week. Ford is another story.
"It's really basically the same injury that he had last year," Allen said, via The Associated Press. "When he re-injured it this season there was nothing new structurally different from where it was last year.
"After visiting with the foot specialist in Carolina, everybody thought that given a little bit of time he could come back from it. After giving it some time and re-evaluating, everybody, the medical people, felt like that surgery was probably the best thing for him."
Ford -- who has 44 receptions for 749 yards and three touchdowns in 24 games over two seasons -- could be placed on the injured reserve list with an option to return after six weeks. The new rule gives Ford a shot to contribute this season.
This was not the news the Raiders offense wanted to hear after Monday's stinker. Could Palmer shoot a text to old buddy Chad Johnson?
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