Oakland Raiders: Kaluka Maiava

Raiders place Maiava, Young on IR

December, 7, 2013
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.
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Raiders linebacker Kaluka Maiava (hamstring) was upgraded Thursday as he practiced limited a day after not participating. However, two offensive linemen who were injured in Oakland’s game at Kansas City before the bye missed practice for the second consecutive day.

Center/left guard Andre Gurode (quad) and right tackle Tony Pashos (hip) did not participate, nor did rookie left tackle Menelik Watson (calf).

“The further we go into the week,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said, “the less chance there is for those guys to play. So we’ll have to have a plan in place in case they can’t go.”

Allen added that if Oakland needed depth on the offensive line, the Raiders would sign Jack Cornell off the practice squad.

Center Stefen Wisniewski, though, practiced limited for the second day in a row after missing time since spraining his right knee against Washington on Sept. 29. He remains on track to start against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

“It’s huge, hard to describe,” Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said of the potential impact Wisniewski returning would have on the offense. “To me, he’s such an important part of what’s going on up front and making sure everyone’s in the right place.

“Wiz is just an experienced guy and he’s very comfortable in the scheme that we brought in … he’s a calming factor to me, for everybody up front, and really for the quarterback as well.”

Following, then, is the Raiders’ injury report for Thursday:

Did not participate: SS Tyvon Branch (ankle), C/G Andre Gurode (quad), RT Tony Pashos (hip), LT Menelik Watson (calf).

Limited practice: LB Kaluka Maiava (hamstring), CB Tracy Porter (shoulder), Stefen Wisniewski (right knee).
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- There were no surprises Friday on the Oakland Raiders' status report for their home opener against Jacksonville as rookie left tackle Menelik Watson (knee) and tight end David Ausberry (shoulder) were both ruled out of the game.

Neither player practiced all week, and Watson underwent arthroscopic surgery on a lateral meniscus last week, per ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Watson is expected to be out for at least a month, though Raiders coach Dennis Allen would not confirm the report, citing team policy to not discuss injuries.

Linebacker Kaluka Maiava, though, was a late addition to the Raiders’ injury report with a groin issue as he was limited in practice and listed as questionable to play against the Jaguars.

Strong safety Tyvon Branch (shoulder) and place-kicker Sebastian Janikowski (right calf) were both listed as probable.