For the first time since the 2012 season finale, Miles Burris, is poised to see game action. The Raiders officially activated the second year linebacker on Wednesday from the physically unable to perform list which means he is expected to suit on Sunday when the team faces the Tennessee Titans at home.
"Miles is on the roster," said Dennis Allen. "I think there's a chance that we could see him out there on Sunday. He'll be a guy that we gotta try to work in. We wouldn't just throw him in there and have him play 60 plays in the game. He's a guy that obviously we felt like he was healthy enough to help us. Hopefully we'll be able to get him in the game this week and see how he does."
As a rookie last season, Burris was second on the team in tackles from the weakside linebacker spot. Immediately following the season he had surgery done on his injured knee and the rehab process had him out all of the off-season program and all of camp. Having missed the entirety of training camp, he was eligible to be placed on the PUP list.
Burris had returned to practiced on October 30 and per league rules, the Raiders had exactly three weeks to decide what to do with him. They took the entire 21 days to make their decision to add him to the active roster which means he missed the first ten games of this season.
He was the team's second selection in the 2012 draft which came at the end of the fourth round. He started his entire rookie season, ironically because of a knee injury Aaron Curry suffered that had him out all of training camp and placed on the PUP list.
Starting at weakside linebacker this season has been rookie third round pick, Sio Moore. Burris is expected to move inside as the backup middle linebacker behind starter, Nick Roach.
In a corresponding move, the Raiders waived third year linebacker Martez Wilson who they had claimed off waivers from the Saints just three weeks ago.
The Raiders also announced they've added third year defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin to the practice squad.