The Oakland Raiders put starting middle linebacker Nick Roach on injured reserve on Oct. 8 due to the concussion he suffered in a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 22.
The Oakland Raiders put Nick Roach on the injured reserve list on Oct. 8.
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According to ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter Bill Williamson, Roach suffered a concussion during a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 22 and "was never cleared to practice fully" since then:
"The Oakland Raiders' worst fears for starting middle linebacker Nick Roach came to fruition Wednesday when they put him on the injured reserve, ending his season.
"Roach suffered a concussion on Aug. 22 in the preseason at Green Bay. He was never cleared to practice fully. Roach went from playing every defensive snap last season (his first with Oakland after signing with free agent) to never playing a snap this season.
"The Raiders' defense, already thin, has been riddled by injuries. Starting safety Tyvon Branch (foot), linebacker Kaluka Maiava (hamstring) and Taiwan Jones (cornerback) are also all on the injured reserve.
"The Raiders signed Jamar Chaney to replace Roach. Chaney is in his fifth season. He started for the Eagles in 2011. The Raiders worked out Chaney on Tuesday along with Tim Dobbins and Steve Beauharnais.
"Miles Burris will continue to start for Roach. The Raiders hope to get weakside starting linebacker Sio Moore back soon from an ankle injury that has kept him out of the past two games.
"In other Raiders news, linebacker Sio Moore praticipated at practice for the first time since injuring his ankle in Week 2. He missed the past two games."
In another team development, new Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano told The Bay Area News Group's Jerry McDonald on Oct. 6 the team's morale has improved since he took over for the fired Dennis Allen. The 0-4 Raiders are seeking their first win of the season against the AFC West-leading San Diego Chargers on Sunday:
"Tony Sparano has seen the enemy, and it's wearing silver and black.
"'One of the things that I believe is that you've got to look at reasons how Oakland is beating Oakland right now, never mind our opponents,' Sparano said Monday after his first full practice as interim head coach of the Raiders.
"Toward that end, Sparano wasted no time in shaking things up. He spent time over the weekend talking with Mike Holmgren, who came in at the behest of general manager Reggie McKenzie, with whom Holmgren worked with the Green Bay Packers.
"Holmgren told KJR-AM in Seattle no jobs were discussed.
"'I enjoyed getting a chance to visit with him,' Sparano said. 'It's good to get a different set of eyes, another perspective.'
"When the Raiders arrived Monday morning, they learned a handful of players had been relocated to different areas of the locker room. Sparano increased the practice tempo, added sessions to work on fundamentals and altered the schedule that had been set by predecessor Dennis Allen.
"The Raiders take Tuesday off before beginning preparations in earnest for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers at O.co Coliseum.
"'I think right now there's a fire lit in that locker room,' Sparano said. 'They see change. We were all part of the problem, every single one of us...They've got a lot of pride, and I'm proud of the way they came out there today and practiced.'
"Sparano, a disciple of Bill Parcells, arrived with the reputation of a straight shooter and did not disappoint.
"'The moment he got up on the stage, he brought that commanding presence of what it's going to be, what he expects of us, what he sees out of us, even the bad,' defensive tackle Antonio Smith said. 'When he tells you the bad, he shoots it to you blood raw. It ain't sugarcoated.'
"Sparano stressed the good as well as the bad with his team, noting its solid standing in terms of red zone defense and creating negative plays and an offense that has struggled but protected the quarterback and had few plays that lost yardage.
"'We got a chance to show the kids what they've done well and what they haven't done well and why,' Sparano said.
"Rather than explain himself to the team, Sparano simply instituted change and wasn't interested in dialogue.
"'I haven't let all my secrets out there with them yet,' Sparano said. 'I like keeping them, as I told them, a little uncomfortable sometimes. Comfortable is not good. Uncomfortable sometimes is not a bad thing.'
"Sparano said that he, secondary coach Marcus Robertson and defensive end Lamarr Woodley had been a part of teams that enjoyed dramatic turnarounds, and he used it as an example to tell the team what is possible.
"'It's just something he brought up, but it wasn't discussed,' Woodley said. 'I think everybody in this locker room knows what we need to do. Me going out there and telling my story is not really important. What's important is what's ahead of us.'"
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