Adams hits IR, Raiders promote former 49er

Adams hits IR, Raiders promote former 49er
December 28, 2012, 1:45 pm
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Cory Nelms spent all of 2011 on the 49ers' practice squad before joining the team for 2012 training camp. (AP)

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders roster will look a bit different for their season finale in San Diego Sunday, as cornerback Phillip Adams was placed on injured reserve Friday. Adams joins Seymour as recent additions to the IR, creating two roster vacancies that the team filled with members of the practice squad -- special teams player and cornerback Cory Nelms and defensive lineman Brandon Blair.

With Adams unavailable, the Raiders will start first-year cornerback Brandian Ross. Ross, 23, has appeared in all but one of the Raiders' games this season, totaling 15 tackles.

"I've been preparing all week for it," Ross said. "So the opportunity has come and I'm ready to take advantage of it."

Nelms is expected to make his NFL debut this weekend, and you might be familiar with the 6-foot-1, 191-pound University of Miami track star. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers as a non-drafted rookie and spent all of 2011 on San Francisco's practice squad before joining the 49ers for 2012 training camp.

"His role (Sunday) will be special teams," head coach Dennis Allen intimated, reserving the right to plug Nelms into the defense as the game develops.

Nelms, 25, walked on with the Hurricanes and was on the scout team as a junior. He didn't get significant varsity football playing time until the year after he graduated.

"It's been a long road," Nelms acknowledged. "Working hard every day for that opportunity to go out there and help your team win, so I'm honored."

A season removed from his time with the cross-town rivals, Nelms had nothing but praise for the 49ers.

"It was a pit stop, but I learned a lot," he said. "They got a great organization -- great coaches, great players. I learned a lot, and I took everything with me to the Raiders."

Nelms was famously excused from an August practice to watch his girlfriend T'erea Brown place sixth in the 400-meter hurdles at the London Olympics.

Nelms and Brown have since broken things off, but the two remain in contact.

Blair, 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds, was signed to the practice squad in September after spending training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs.