Raiders place Joseph on IR, sign reinforcements

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The placed safety , who suffered a season-ending injury on his game-sealing interception Thursday night, on injured reserve Saturday and signed free-agent safety . The Raiders also added defensive end , the No. 3 overall pick of the 2013 draft who is serving out the final week of his NFL-mandated 10-game suspension this weekend, to help bolster their defense and fledgling playoff hopes.

Joseph, Oakland‘s first-round draft pick in 2016, is in the final year of his rookie contract as the Raiders did not pick up the fifth-year option last summer. He told ESPN after the Raiders‘ 26-24 defeat of the that he felt something wrong when he pushed off to jump for his interception of .

Asked if it was his right knee, Joseph said yes. But reports and word out of the facility indicate that the injury is to his right foot. Oakland improved to 5-4 on the season with the win and plays host to the thus-far winless on Nov. 17 before playing at the currently 1-7 on Nov. 24.

But the Raiders‘ secondary has been racked by injury this season. First-round draft pick , a hard-hitting safety, suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the season opener and slot cornerback went down with what was described as a strained hamstring on the final series against the Chargers.

Enter Swearinger, a second-round pick of the in 2013 who has 14 career interceptions and has played for the Texans, , and . Swearinger started four games for the Cardinals this season and had one pass defensed and 28 tackles with a QB hit.

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At safety, he joins , who had two interceptions against the Chargers, including a 56-yard pick-six; , who got off to a rough start and saw his reps cut down significantly after Week 3; and , who is a core special-teams player.

The Raiders have also been transitioning cornerback to safety, which would mean Oakland could have a pair of rookies starting at cornerback in and .

Jordan, meanwhile, addresses a big need at edge rusher with the Raiders placing second-year defensive end , who had sacks in consecutive games before breaking his foot last week, on IR and veteran DE having missed two straight games with a groin injury.

And while Jordan may not have lived up to his draft standing, his 8.5 career sacks are more than any other edge rusher on the roster save for , who has 20 career sacks, with a team-leading 7.0 this season (rookies and have 3.5 and 2.5, respectively).

Jordan, who served a one-year suspension in 2015 for violating the league‘s performance-enhancing substance abuse policy for a third time, was slapped this spring with a 10-game suspension by the league for violating the PED policy by taking Adderall, a “medication Jordan has been approved to take in the past as treatment for ADHD, but for which his therapeutic use exemption [TUE] had expired,” according to NFL.

The Raiders waived linebacker to make room for Jordan, whose suspension ends Monday. Jordan can be in the Raiders‘ facility beginning Tuesday.

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