It’s been an interesting year for Aaron Curry. The former first-round draft pick was traded to the Oakland Raiders last season and inserted immediately into the starting lineup at outside linebacker. When Reggie McKenzie took control of the football operations, he restructured Curry’s deal to keep him in Oakland. McKenzie proceeded to bring in a couple outside linebackers via free agency and the draft.
It’s a good thing McKenzie drafted Miles Burris, because Curry never passed his physical and was placed on the Physically-Unable-To-Perform list, which forced him to miss all of training camp and the first eight games of the season with a knee issue.
With the deadline approaching, the Raiders were going to have to make a decision on whether to activate Curry or place him on season-ending injured reserve. According to the team's official twitter account, the team activated Aaron Curry and waived linebacker Vic So'oto to make room for him on the active roster.
After a very poor game by Rolando McClain against the Bucs, the Raiders could some extra help on defense. Activating Curry and using him at middle linebacker in the base D would further reduce the Raiders' exposure to McClain’s poor play.
The Raiders are also faced with the decision on whether or not to start cornerback Ron Bartell before Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Oakland could use some help in the secondary as they currently rank 21st in the NFL against the pass.
Along with Shawntae Spencer and Khalif Barnes, the Raiders could get four injured starters back on Sunday if they are lucky. Unfortunately, getting them back will not return the team to full strength with Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson nursing high-ankle sprains.
Other AFC West News
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News says Dennis Allen has to start coaching now.
Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group says rookie offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom is ready if he’s called upon.
Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post says Jack Del Rio is using a full depth chart and a myriad of defensive looks.
Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star reports that Stanford Routt’s agent was baffled by his client’s release.
Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego says Corey Liuget is improved, but not satisfied.