NAPA — Jacoby Ford, walking quickly and without a limp, was rejecting interview requests with a quick shake of the head when approached by the Raiders public relations staff after practice.
Ford had missed his second straight day with an undisclosed injury Tuesday. Since it's frowned upon by coach Dennis Allen to discuss injuries, and it's a subject that has dominated the last two seasons of Ford's NFL career, his reluctance was understandable.
At one point, Ford did stop to talk with a Sirius NFL radio crew, expressing the hope he would be back at practice soon, with the Raiders taking Wednesday off and returning to practice Thursday at 2:50 p.m.
Ford was one of the Raiders' most explosive playmakers as a rookie out of Clemson in 2010, but his future will be determined by his ability to practice.
"We need Jacoby out here," Allen said after Ford's first missed practice Monday. "He's missed a lot of time, and he's got to get some work."