JERSEY CITY, N.J. – The Oakland Raiders placed linebacker Kaluka Maiava and safety Usama Young on season-ending Injured Reserve on Saturday and signed linebacker Marshall McFadden off the practice squad in a flurry of roster moves.
The Raiders also waived defensive lineman Brian Sanford while signing cornerback Chance Casey and safety Shelton Johnson from the practice squad.
The Raiders initially listed Maiava (ribs/calf) and Young (neck) as two of the seven players ruled out for Sunday’s game at the New York Jets, but with the two now off the 53-man roster, Oakland has two options for the 46-man game-day roster.
Maiava, who was expected to compete for a starting position at weak-side linebacker, endured an injury-plagued season, appearing in nine games and had 25 tackles, nine solo. He started one game.
Young appeared in 12 games and had one start at strong safety. He had 26 tackles (19 solo, six on special teams) with 2.5 sacks to lead the secondary, an interception and two passes defended. He was injured in the Raiders’ Thanksgiving Day loss at the Dallas Cowboys and he left the locker room wearing a neck brace.
While Casey and Johnson were both undrafted free agents signed out of Baylor and Wisconsin, respectively, McFadden spent most of the 2012 season on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad and appeared in one game.