That didn’t last long. For the second time this season, Raiders second round rookie safety, Obi Melifonwu will be placed on injured reserve. This time he had surgery, presumably on his injured hip, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio announced Friday. He will be replaced by cornerback Antonio Hamilton, who himself is returning from injured reserve.
An ankle injury placed Melifonwu spent the first eight games on injured reserve with a designation to return. He returned in week nine, started at corner the next game against the Patriots, and has barely seen the field since then.
His fellow draft classmate, Gareon Conley, who the team selected with the 24th overall pick, was sent to injured reserve a few weeks ago. He appeared in just two games early in the season, aggravating a shin injury that had him out all of camp, and never returned. If the Raiders are to get any production from this draft class, it will have to wait until next season.