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Raiders sign D.J. Swearinger and Dion Jordan, place Karl Joseph on IR

Raiders sign D.J. Swearinger and Dion Jordan, place Karl Joseph on IR

The Raiders have signed to two veterans to fortify a depleted defense.

They formally announced the additions of safety D.J. Swearinger and defensive end Dion Jordon on Saturday, hoping these imports can fill in for fallen Raiders.

Karl Joseph was placed on injured reserve Saturday in one corresponding move, lost for the season after injuring his foot while securing a 26-24 win over the Los Angeles Chargers with a last-second interception.

The Raiders played down two defensive ends Thursday night with Josh Mauro out temporarily and Arden Key done for the year with a broken foot. He had surgery and was formally placed on IR Thursday. Linebacker Quentin Polling was promoted from the practice squad for that game and waived Saturday to make room for Jordan.

Joseph’s loss is significant. He played virtually every snap this season, coming into his own in his second season under Paul Guenther. Joseph was a solid box safety and run defender, someone who could also play deep. That was clear when he closed out each game of this two-game Raiders winning streak.

He knocked down a Matt Stafford pass that beat the Detroit Lions on Sunday and intercepted Rivers on Thursday to end a Chargers comeback attempt.

Joseph finishes his season with 48 tackles -- including a career-high four for a loss -- as well as four passes defensed and an interception that could be his last act as a Raider. The 2016 first-round pick is set for unrestricted free agency this offseason after the Raiders decided against picking up his fifth-year option.

The 26-year-old has been a quality starter throughout his career, but the Raiders were considering trading him last year and could go in a different direction at his position. Time will tell on that front, but we know for certain he was a valued contributor this season starting to find his professional footing as a hard hitter and a cover man.

Curtis Riley has been the team’s third safety, but it’s likely Swearinger could step in and start if he quickly picks up the defensive system.

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Meanwhile, Jordan is a low-risk signing with a possibly high reward. The 2013 No. 4 overall NFL draft pick has been a bust, due to ineffectiveness and issues with substances of abuse. Jordan has been suspended multiple times since turning pro, missing four games in 2014 and all 16 in 2015. iJordan was suspended for a third time this May for using Adderall, missing the first 10 weeks of the season.

The 26-year-old reportedly is sober and in great shape, with the raw talent to be a quality contributor the Raiders desperately need up front.

NFL rumors: Chiefs could have forfeited vs. Patriots due to equipment mistake

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NFL rumors: Chiefs could have forfeited vs. Patriots due to equipment mistake

After getting blown out by the Jets and Chiefs in back-to-back weeks, the Raiders need all the help they can get to make the playoffs. 

They almost got what would have been one of the weirdest breaks in NFL history Sunday. 

The 8-4 Chiefs are in Foxboro, Mass., to face the 10-2 Patriots in a key AFC clash. KC can clinch the AFC West with a win, but some of the team's equipment was accidentally sent to New Jersey instead of to Foxboro, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday. 

As the Chiefs were unloading their gear Saturday, one container wasn't unloaded and instead made its way to New Jersey. That container had the equipment for 35 players. The Chiefs had to rush the equipment to Boston.

If had not made it to Gillette Stadium by kickoff then the Chiefs would have had to forfeit the game.

But the equipment arrived in Foxboro about 90 minutes before kickoff, setting up a massive AFC battle between Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes. 

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The Raiders, meanwhile, will face the 7-5 Titans in a must-win AFC battle at the Coliseum. A win would vault the Raiders back into the playoff periphery, while a loss would all but end their playoff hopes. The AFC West is in the hands of the Chiefs, but the Raiders almost caught a massive break. 

Raiders inactives: Josh Jacobs out for key Week 14 game vs. Titans

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Raiders inactives: Josh Jacobs out for key Week 14 game vs. Titans

The Raiders enter Sunday's Week 14 game against the Titans in need of a win to stay in the playoff race. 

Unfortunately, the Raiders will be tasked with beating the resurgent Titans without rookie running back Josh Jacobs who is inactive due to a shoulder injury. 

The Raiders are coming off back-to-back blowout losses and now sit in eighth place in the AFC. A win Sunday would vault them over the Titans and back onto the playoff periphery, while a loss effectively would doom their postseason hopes. 

Jon Gruden's club also will be without right tackle Trent Brown who was ruled out Friday with a pectoral injury. Brandon Parker will get the start in place of Brown.

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Here are the inactives for both teams: