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Oakland Raiders activate Bartell, promote Stewart to roster, remove Lee and Spencer

11/11/12 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Oakland Raiders made a few roster moves ahead of Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Running back Jeremy Stewart was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster while cornerback Ron Bartell was also activated from the designated-to-return injured reserve. The two roster spots opened up after the Oakland Raiders waived cornerback Pat Lee and ended Shawntae Spencer’s season by placing him on the IR with a sprained ankle. Both players recently demoted from the roster signed on new contracts with the Oakland Raiders during March this year.
 
Former free agent Ron Bartell, who also signed on a one-year contract this year, was the Oakland Raiders’ projected starting quarterback. However, the 30-year-old Ron Bartell was sidelined right into the season opener with a broken shoulder blade against the San Diego Chargers.
 
The Oakland Raiders had initially considered pairing Ron Bartell with Shawntae Spencer at the two starting cornerback spots, but Spencer was also hit by an ankle injury in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins. However all hopes of such a pairing were dismissed after Shawntae Spencer’s first practice earlier in the week since suffering the injury indicated that he was still not ready to return. Moreover, Ron Bartell didn’t come-off the IR until now.
 
Meanwhile rookie Jeremy Stewart’s promotion to the active roster was inspired by the piling injuries at the Oakland Raiders’ offensive backfield. Running backs Mike Goodson and Darren McFadden were declared “out” for Sunday’s road game against the Baltimore Ravens, after sustaining high ankle sprains against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday. However, they aren’t expected to be sidelined for long since MRI results for both players came back negative.
 
With only second-year running back Taiwan Jones and Marcel Reece coming across as the only available options on at the position on the active roster, Jeremy Stewart seemed made a compelling case. However, the undrafted free agent out of Stanford could not make the final roster cuts. So in a surprising move, the Oakland Raiders waived Pat Lee to make open a roster spot due to the recent developments. Despite a disappointing debut against the Miami Dolphins, Pat Lee started seven games for the Oakland Raiders this season, recording 34 tackles, one forced fumble, once interception and eight passes defended.
 
Still, the Oakland Raiders do not seem settled at the cornerback spots despite shuffling up things with the recent three roster moves. However, for the time-being, the Oakland Raiders secondary could feature Michael Huff in a starting cornerback pairing with Ron Bartell, Joselio Hanson playing in the slot and Matt Giorando at the safety position. Cornerbacks Philip Adams (third-year), Coye Francies (fourth-year) and Brandian Ross (second-year) could also share time at the cornerback spots.
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