Williams placed on IR

According to an Associated Press report, the Oakland Raiders placed linebacker Sam Williams on injured reserve Monday, one of seven moves made as the team pares its roster by Tuesday's deadline.

Williams tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a practice against the Texans in Houston on Aug. 18 and had surgery.

Williams, a third-year player out of Fresno State, played in nine games last season and started four. He had 22 tackles and defended three passes. He was injured while trying to make a block in a morning practice.

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