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Oakland Raiders Activate DT Justin Ellis

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have activated DT Justin Ellis via the Reserve/Injured List and have added him to the active roster, the club announced Saturday.

Ellis, a run-stuffing 6-foot-2, 335-pound defensive tackle now in his fifth year with the Raiders, returns to the active roster having appeared in 60 games for the Silver and Black and making 41 starts. Over his career, he has totaled 134 tackles (82 solo), 0.5 sacks and three passes defensed. Last season, he appeared in all 16 contests for the second consecutive season and made 14 starts, collecting a career-high 44 stops (30) in addition to his first career half-sack. 

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived G/T Denver Kirkland. Kirkland was originally signed by the club as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He appeared in one contest for the team this season after being elevated to the active roster from the practice squad in October.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Hankins and McDonald; Place Ellis on IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents DT Johnathan Hankins and DT Clinton McDonald, the club announced Thursday. 

Now in his sixth year in the NFL, Hankins joins the Silver and Black after a one-year stint with the Indianapolis Colts, having spent the previous four years (2013-16) with the New York Giants after being selected by the club in the second round (49th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Over his five-year career, the 6-foot-2, 325-pound defensive tackle has appeared in 67 contests and made 56 starts, compiling 184 tackles (113 solo), 12 sacks, seven passes defensed and three forced fumbles. Hankins has started in one postseason contest and recorded two tackles (one) and one sack. Last season, he started in all of his 15 appearances and recorded 44 stops (24), two sacks and three passes defensed in his lone season with the Colts.

McDonald enters his ninth season in the NFL, having spent the last four seasons (2014-17) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McDonald also played three seasons (2011-13) with the Seattle Seahawks after originally being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round (249th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. Over his eight seasons, the 6-foot-2, 297-pound defensive tackle has appeared in 97 contests and made 36 starts, tallying 240 tackles (157), 19 sacks, two interceptions, six passes defensed and five fumble recoveries. His postseason totals include five games played with one start, totaling five tackles and two fumble recoveries. Last season, McDonald made three starts, compiling 29 stops (18), five sacks and one pass defensed. 

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed DT Justin Ellis on the Reserve/Injured List.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Re-Sign DT Justin Ellis

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed DT Justin Ellis to a three-year contract, the club announced Monday.

Ellis, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, was originally drafted by the team in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Over his four-year career, the run-stuffing defensive tackle has played in 60 games with 41 starts and totaled 134 tackles (82 solo), 0.5 sacks and three passes defensed.

The 6-foot-2, 335-pounder played in all 16 games last year, making 14 starts, while helping solidify the Raiders’ interior defensive line. He posted a career-high 44 tackles and 0.5 sacks in 2017.

Before being drafted by the Raiders, the native of Monroe, La., played four years at Louisiana Tech, recording 102 tackles (37), 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Injury Update

The Oakland Raiders were needing some good news following what appeared to be serious injuries to a number of key players.

Following Sunday Raiders didn’t explain injuries in detail.

Nate Allen (Knee), Charles Woodson (Shoulder), Derek Carr (Hand), Justin Ellis (Ankle)

Derek Carr

Carr was knocked out of the game in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Bengals it was later confirmed as a hand injury by the Raiders.

Mixed reports confused the situation through out the day.

Around 9:30 AM PDT ESPN’s Chris Mortenson reported that Raiders didn’t expect Carr to play and that he would be out in week 2.  SiriusXM NFL Radio aired that news around 10:30 on it NFl Update

Mortensen would  tweet out that Christian Ponder had been contacted by Raiders. Then a few hours later Mortensen tweeted that Raiders had informed Ponder that he would not be signed due to encouraging MRI reports.

NFL’s Ian Rapoprt later confirmed the injury (Bruised Thumb), and said swelling would determine if Carr would play or not.



Jack Del Rio 

Del Rio Spoke to the media around 3:00 PM PDT

“We think he’s going to be OK,” Del Rio said in a press conference.

“He was up here in the office this morning showing me how he could squeeze the ball and all that, so it was good news,” Del Rio said. “I think we’re all relieved.”

“Yeah, using his throwing hand to become a straight-arm tool,” Del Rio said, “I would probably not ask him to repeat that.”

Charles Woodson

When Jack Del Rio spoke at 3:00PM PDT he had not yet heard about the results on Charles Woodson’s injury

ESPN’s Josina Anderson later confirmed the injury, Dislocated Shoulder.Screenshot_2015-09-15-07-18-56-1

NFL’s Ian Rapoport later added to Josina’s report.


Nate Allen

The intial reports were that Raiders feared Allen’s injury was a torn ACL. after MRi it was not to be the case.

Jack Del Rio said in his presser that he thought Nate Allen could return this season.

NFL’s Ian Rapport confirmed MRI report.


Justin Ellis 

We got no clarification except that it was an Ankle injury.