Raiders activate Aaron Curry from PUP list, waive LB So'oto

Harry How

It was the final day for the Raiders to either activate linebacker Aaron Curry from the Physically Unable to Perform list or place him on IR. They opted to activate him. To make room on the team's active roster, the Raiders Tuesday waived linebacker Vic So'oto.

Curry was placed on the PUP list on Aug. 31, prior to the start of the season. He returned to practice with the Silver and Black on Oct. 17.

With Curry out, rookie Miles Burris had been starting at weak side linebacker and playing quite well. It remains to be seen what the team will do with Curry or Burris now that Curry has returned to the lineup.

The team could have activated him three weeks ago if they chose to do so. He was only obligated to be on the PUP list for the first six weeks. However, there is a 21 day grace period and the Raiders took every bit of it.

There are a few reasons why they may have waited until the last minute. First off, he may not have been ready. Second, they would have to cut someone and weren't ready to do so just yet. Third, the linebacking corps had been playing very well... up until last Sunday that is.

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Curry played in 11 games with nine starts last season after the team traded their 2012 round 7 pick and conditional 2013 round 4 or 5 pick for him. The conditions were that he started the majority of the games in the 2012 season which means the pick they will surrender in the 2013 draft will be a round five selection.

Vic So'oto was a former Green Bay Packer who the team signed as a free agent. He played primarily on special teams.

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