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Raiders middle linebacker Ben Heeney has been placed on the IR

Raiders middle linebacker Ben Heeney has been placed on the IR

The Oakland Raiders have signed LB Perry Riley Jr. and placed LB Ben Heeney on the Reserve/Injured List, the club announced Tuesday.

Riley Jr. joins the Silver & Black after spending the last six seasons with the Washington Redskins, where he appeared in 79 games (63 starts) while racking up 437 tackles, 9.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, three interceptions and 26 passes defensed. 

In 2013, Riley Jr. led the team with 112 tackles and posted a career-high eight passes defensed and three sacks. He started nine games last year, while tallying 43 tackles and two interceptions. 

The 6-foot, 240-pounder was originally drafted in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of LSU. He played in 47 games with 22 starts for the Tigers, totaling 185 tackles (88 solo), two sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Additionally, the Raiders have signed LB James Cowser to the practice squad, and released DL Demetrius Cherry and LB Darnell Sankey from the practice squad.


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