The Raiders got bad news Tuesday when they learned slot receiver Jacoby Ford would require foot surgery, shelving him for an extended period of time and possibly the season’s remainder. They got more bad news on top cornerback Ronald Bartell.
Bill Williamson of ESPN.com reports that Bartell has a broken left shoulder blade. Although Bartell does not need surgery, the Raiders’ “hope” is that he’ll return at the optimistic end of a four- to six-week timetable.
Bartell is currently meeting with a specialist for more information.
Bartell was expected to be the Raiders’ No. 1 corner this season. San Diego wide receivers regularly got open against Oakland’s secondary on Monday Night Football even with Bartell playing, so his loss will be felt.
Backup Patrick Lee has been in the league since 2008 and started just one career game.