It might not seem like much, but Raiders receiver Jacoby Ford put on cleats last week for the first time since August.
"I was extremely excited," Ford said. "Extremely."
Ford missed all of last season when a sprained foot turned out to be a much more serious Lisfranc injury and he needed surgery in September. The same injury caused the fourth-year receiver to miss eight games in 2011.
Ford is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation and will "definitely" be back for training camp, he said.
"It's not quite 100 percent, but it's coming along really well," Ford said. "I am back to running routes and feel pretty good about my straight-ahead full speed. And I have been cutting on it.
"We just have so much time left that we're taking our time with it. There's no reason to rush it."
Ford injured the foot the first time Nov. 10, 2011, at San Diego and hurt it again in an Aug. 17 preseason game at Arizona.
Ford had a rough time sitting out, especially since he enjoys going on Twitter to interact with fans, and some turned on him and questioned his toughness and why he wasn't playing.
"It's very frustrating to sit out a full season and take a whole season of criticism," Ford said. "But going through it definitely made me stronger and it made me hungrier.
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Raiders' Jacoby Ford on track with injury rehab
San Francisco Chronicle | Mar 8