Shaughnessy to IR, Raiders sign OL Hurd

October 19, 2011, 6:03 pm
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The Raiders have placed defensive end Matt Shaughnessy on injured reserve, the team announced via Twitter Wednesday.

To replace him, the Raiders signed offensive lineman Zach Hurd to their practice squad.

Shaughnessy injured his shoulder in the Raiders' 34-24 win over the Jets.

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Hurd, a 6-foot-7, 316-pound guard from Connecticut, was a first team All-Big East performer in his final two seasons, blocking for four 1,000-yard rushers during his career. He appeared in a school-record 52 games as a Huskie, including all 39 games over his past three seasons.

Hurd, 23, was a combine invite, and a projected late-round selection. Following the combine in February, Hurd said, "I had very good interviews with all the teams. I feel like I did very well, drawing up...doing plays on the board...just the knowledge I have for the game. And as far as on the field stuff, I think I did very well with position drills, showed that I could play tackle as well as pulling and playing guard.

"Nothing I did was top of everybody but I also wasn't at the bottom with everything I did. I was very consistent with everything I did. I was always in the middle to above average."

But the 254 picks came and went and the Connecticut native was left on the board.