Monday, Jack Del Rio said plainly that it was highly unlikely Nate Allen was going to be available for the final game. Knowing that, they have sent him to injured reserve.
This is the second time this season -- Allen's first with the Raiders -- he has headed for injured reserve. He injured his knee in the season opener and placed on IR with designation to return. He returned in week 10 and in his fourth game back, he injured his knee again. The team held out until this week in the hopes he could make his way back to the field this season. Those hopes ended Monday.
Replacing Allen on the roster is SaQwan Edwards who is called up from the team's practice squad. Edwards shined in training camp as an undrafted rookie out of New Mexico showing great ball skills and toughness, to earn a spot on the Raiders' practice squad, where he has remained the entire season up to this point.
The 6-0, 200-pound defensive back played three years at New Mexico after transferring from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. He appeared in 31 games for the Lobos, totaling 65 tackles (57 solo), three interceptions and 19 passes defensed. Last season as a senior, Edwards played in 12 games and posted 42 tackles (30) with three interceptions and nine passes defensed.