Raiders cut day press conference: Dennis Allen
The Raiders placed cornerback Joselio Hanson on the injured reserved with a reported groin injury. (AP)
ALAMEDA – The Raiders cut their roster down to 75 on Tuesday afternoon by re-classifying three injured players.
Rookie running back Latavius Murray and cornerback Joselio Hanson were placed on injured reserve and linebacker Mile Burris was placed on the reserve physically unable to perform list.
Murray has arthroscopic ankle surgery last week, and wasn’t given a timetable to return. He missed most of camp with the injury, and never had a chance to develop during the preseason. He was expected to contribute right away, but his first year is now a lost season.
“It was just a deal where his ankle wasn’t getting better,” coach Dennis Allen said. “We wanted to go ahead and do the (surgery), and we felt like the best thing to do for him was to go ahead and put him on IR.”
Hanson suffered a groin injury during Friday’s exhibition loss to the Bears. He had an MRI after the game that revealed significant damage.
Hanson was expected to be the starting nickelback. The Raiders will use Tracy Porter in the slot if first-round pick D.J. Hayden is ready to start right away. If not, Porter will stay outside and safety Brandian Ross, a converted corner, can slide into that spot.
Burris hasn’t participated in team activities since having knee surgery this offseason. His rehab has gone slower than expected and still doesn’t have a timetable to return. He started training camp on the active PUP and was transferred to the reserve PUP, meaning he no longer takes up a roster spot.
“Miles is doing a lot better now, but we want to see how he continues to get better before we go ahead and activate him,” Allen said. “You only get 53 spots and you have to make sure that you’re making the right decisions. Sometimes those are tough things when you have injured players.”
The Raiders cut 10 players, including veteran return man Josh Cribbs, on Sunday afternoon and reached injury settlements with defensive lineman Brandon Bair and offensive lineman Alex Parsons.
The Raiders will play their exhibition finale at Seattle on Thursday. They must cut their roster down to 53 on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The team also added kicker Justin Medlock to help get through the Seahawks game. Allen said kicker Sebastian Janikowski has a sore right calf that will keep him out of Thursday's game but won't impact his ability during the regular season.
Defensive back Mitchell White was released in a corresponding move.