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Raiders bring back cornerback Daryl Worley

The versatile player left as a free agent after 2019 season

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Daryl Worley
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To help a beat-up secondary, the Las Vegas Raiders are bringing back a familiar name. The Athletic reported on Tuesday that the team will sign Daryl Worley.

Worley must pass the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol before practicing and playing. The Worley move isn’t official, so the Raiders won’t have to remove a player from the roster yet.

Worley played for the Raiders for the past two seasons and he started 24 games. However, the Raiders did not make him a free-agent priority and they added other players at the position.

Worley ended up with the Dallas Cowboys and he was replaced in October. He signed with the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad in November and was active for one game.

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Damon Arnette
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Raiders’ rookie starting cornerback Damon Arnette left the past two games with possible concussions and on Monday coach Jon Gruden said Arnette may have a shoulder/neck injury. Gruden wasn’t overly optimistic that Arnette would be able to play this coming Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner was banged up on Sunday as well, while safety Johnathan Abram is also hurt. Worley can play cornerback, slot and safety. His versatility and experience in the system made this move easy.

Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars claimed defensive tackle Daniel Ross off of waivers from the Raiders. He was cut to make room for right tackle Trent Brown on the 53-man roster. The Raiders planned to put Ross on the practice squad.

Las Vegas is also taking a look at a veteran running back with starter Josh Jacobs dealing with an ankle injury.