Raiders place Chekwa on IR, sign McCann

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Raiders place Chekwa on IR, sign McCann

ALAMEDA -- The promising rookie season of cornerback Chimdi Chekwa came to an end Thursday as the Raiders placed the fourth-round draft pick from Ohio State on Injured Reserve with his balky hamstring.In a corresponding move, Oakland signed former Dallas and Baltimore cornerback Bryan McCann, who was among five defensive free agents to work out at the Raiders compound on Monday.McCann, who played collegiately at SMU, played in nine games with the Cowboys in 2010 and returned both an interception (101 yards) and a punt (97 yards) for a touchdown in consecutive weeks, against the New York Giants and Detroit Lions, respectively. He appeared in two more games with Dallas this season before being released Sept. 20. He signed with the Ravens and was waived on Nov. 5.

Chekwa, meanwhile, has been battling injuries throughout. On the first day of hitting in training camp, Chekwa dislocated a shoulder in a warm-up drill.He played in the Raiders' first four games and started against New England before injuring himself. Chekwa was inactive the next four weeks and while he was active against San Diego last Thursday night, he did not play.

Derek Carr issues statement about Raiders relocating to Vegas

Derek Carr issues statement about Raiders relocating to Vegas

The Oakland Raiders are moving to Las Vegas.

Shortly after the news was announced on Monday, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr posted the following message on Twitter:

"As I sit here and see a vote that takes the Raiders to Las Vegas, I am overwhelmed with emotion. I don't know how we should feel. I feel the pain of our fans in Oakland. I also see the joy on the faces of our new fans in Las Vegas.

"As players, we will show up and give everything we have. We will compete and we will do our best to bring a championship to the entire Raider Nation. While I am from California and would have loved playing in Oakland my whole career, I understand the business side of the NFL. It affects us all.

[RATTO: Raiders fans got remarkably little bang for their bucks, or for their hearts]

"Oakland, our team loves you, and my family and I love you! WE will be resilient and WE will stay together because that's what true Raiders do. WE are loyal, even when it's hard. WE stick together, especially when it's tough.

"So Las Vegas, you can count on us bringing a piece of Oakland with us and you are getting a tough, loyal, and competitive fan base and team. When the time comes, I hope you are ready.

"For now, it's about 2017 and our diehards in Oakland. God bless & Go Raiders!"

It's unclear where the Raiders will play before their new stadium is slated to open for the 2020 season.

Raiders owner Mark Davis: Oakland will always be part of our DNA

Raiders owner Mark Davis: Oakland will always be part of our DNA

The Oakland Raiders received conditional approval from the National Football League to relocate the franchise to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Shortly thereafter, owner Mark Davis issued the following statement:

“My father always said, ‘the greatness of the Raiders is in its future,’ and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is a significant step toward achieving that greatness. I would like to thank Commissioner Goodell, the National Football League and my 31 partners. I would also like to thank Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature for their commitment. Finally, I would like to thank Sheldon Adelson for his vision and leadership, without which this project never would have become a reality.

[RATTO: Raiders fans got remarkably little bang for their bucks, or for their hearts]

“The Raiders were born in Oakland and Oakland will always be part of our DNA. We know that some fans will be disappointed and even angry, but we hope that they do not direct that frustration to the players, coaches and staff. We plan to play at the Coliseum in 2017 and 2018, and hope to stay there as the Oakland Raiders until the new stadium opens. We would love nothing more than to bring a championship back to the Bay Area.”

The only owner who voted against the move was Miami's Stephen Ross, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Oakland Raiders media services contributed to this story