ALAMEDA – Raiders weakside linebacker Cory James has battled knee injuries all year. That dates back to the preseason, when he had arthroscopic surgery. He started the first six games before knee issues crept back up. He missed a Week 7 win over Kansas City and the last two games.
The Raiders decided to shut him down Wednesday and let his knee heal. James was placed on season-ending injured reserve, the team announced.
Darius Latham was promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding move. Defensive end Joby Saint Fleur was took Latham’s place on the practice squad.
James has developed into a steady starter. Last year’s sixth-round pick played most every linebacker spot at Colorado State, but the Raiders focused him on the weak side. He had 67 tackles, two passes defensed and a forced fumble in 10 games this season.
James took 15 snaps in a Week 12 win over Denver, but hasn’t played since. A knee that might need another surgical repair couldn’t get him through the year.
Undrafted rookie Nicholas Morrow will continue taking James’ snaps. He has been a near-permanent fixture in the lineup the past two games. He has 12 tackles in that span, and allowed two receptions for 14 yards on three targets Sunday against Kansas City.
James is firmly in the team’s future plans, one set spot on a defense that could see significant turnover this offseason. The Raiders have to restock that unit, which could have 4-6 new starters next season.
OAKLAND -- Raiders cornerback David Amerson practiced each day this week, albiet on a limited basis. That in itself was progress made by the team's best cover man, after he was shelved more than a month with a foot injury.
Amerson said he felt as healthy as he had since the injury. He was considered questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Giants, but won't play in it.
He was among the Raiders inactives announced before kickoff, meaning Sean Smith, TJ Carrie and Dexter McDonald will continue as the team's primary cornerbacks. Obi Melifonwu is in that mix as well.
The Raiders received more bad news on the health front. Starting weakside linebacker Cory James won't play the Giants, either. He was considered questionable with a knee injury.
Amari Cooper was ruled out earlier in the week, and Michael Crabtree is suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct.
In addition, quarterback Connor Cook, offensive tackle Jylan Ware, defensive tackle Jihad Ward and edge rusher Shilique Calhoun are inactive.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The Raiders had several key players considered questionable heading into Sunday night's game against Miami.
Strong safety Karl Joseph, weakside linebacker Cory James and right guard Gabe Jackson were among them.
Those guys were considered game-ready. That's good news for a Raiders team facing a must-win contest in a curretntly muddled AFC West.
Those inclusions fortified an ailing squad, though nothing can fix their cornerback depth. Gareon Conley and David Amerson were ruled out on Friday, and Demetrius McCray was placed on injured reserve a day later. They only have three career cornerbacks active. Sean Smith, TJ Carrie and Dexter McDonald will be the primary cover men, as they were a week ago.
Joseph will reclaim his starting spot, which Shalom Luani occupied last week.
Defensive tackle Jihad Ward was a healthy scratch yet again. In addition, fullback Jamize Olawale, offensive tackles Jylan Ware and David Sharpe and quarterback Connor Cook were inactive.