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Raiders to get Nate Allen back this week vs Vikings

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Right on schedule, Raiders will see the return of safety Nate Allen from partial season injured reserve. He was the starter for the team's opener but injured his MCL and was placed on IR: Designated for Return. Since then, he has been on schedule to return as he has been eligible.

Allen was eligible to return to practice two weeks ago and is eligible to return to the active roster this week when the Raiders face the Vikings in Oakland.

Jack Del Rio confirmed Allen's availability this week and he is very glad to have his starting safety back.

"Nate was playing very well when he went down with the injury," Del Rio said of Allen. "We welcome him back. He' been working really well on the side with the trainers, with the strength coaches, joined practice for the last couple of weeks. He's been moving along really well. He's excited about joining this team."

In Allen's absence, TJ Carrie switched from cornerback to safety to fill in. Last week Carrie was out with a shoulder and hip injury, leaving the Raider already weak secondary in a tight spot. They ended up giving up several record numbers on defense, including Antonio Brown having a career day with 17 catches for 284 yards.

Once Allen is activated, the Raiders will have to make corresponding release to make room on the roster.