LACKING IN PASS RUSH, RAIDERS CUT VETERAN DE IRVIN
The Oakland Raiders waived Bruce Irvin after the team’s leading pass rusher had his playing time reduced significantly in recent weeks.
Irvin played just nine snaps in a 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night. He will be subject to waivers and will be owed about $3.8 million for the rest of the season if he isn’t claimed next week.
Oakland (1-7) entered the season banking on Irvin and Khalil Mack to serve as bookend pass rushers. Mack was traded a week before the season to Chicago following a lengthy contract holdout.
Irvin, 31, has three sacks and five pressures but has had little impact on a defense that is on pace to be one of the worst ever.
Bills: Nathan Peterman will start at quarterback against the Chicago Bears after Derek Anderson was ruled out with a concussion. Anderson and rookie linebacker Tremaine Edmunds have not cleared concussion protocol.
Cardinals: Arizona released quarterback Sam Bradford, whose eight NFL seasons have been plagued by injuries. He signed a one-year, $20 million contract – with $15 million guaranteed – in the offseason but was replaced by rookie Josh Rosen during a Week 3 loss to the Bears. He’s been inactive for every game since.
Packers: Receiver Geronimo Allison will miss Sunday’s game against New England with multiple injuries.
Bears: Three-time Pro Bowl lineman Kyle Long was placed on injured reserve because of a tendon injury in his right foot. He will be out for at least eight weeks. Chargers: The team placed linebacker Kyzir White on injured reserve due to a knee injury and promoted cornerback Jeff Richards from the practice squad. Colts: Kicker Adam Vinatieri’s jersey and cleats – worn last Sunday when he set the NFL’s career scoring record – along with the football he booted for the mark will be displayed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Vinatieri finished the day with 2,550 career points, surpassing the previous record of 2,544 held by Hall of Famer Morten Andersen. Shrine Game captains: Pro Football Hall of Famers Will Shields and Aeneas Williams, three-time Pro Bowler Mark Brunell and three-time Super Bowl champion Willie McGinest will serve as the East-West Shrine Game legends captains. The 94th annual East-West Shrine Game, which features some of college football’s best prospects, is scheduled for Jan. 19 in St. Petersburg, Florida.