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'Hard Knocks' finale details Raiders QB Nathan Peterman's elbow injury

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'Hard Knocks' finale details Raiders QB Nathan Peterman's elbow injury

Nathan Peterman was set to make the Raiders' 53-man roster after a productive preseason. Coach Jon Gruden praised the quarterback time and again in public, following practices and games in which he flashed quality arm talent and athleticism.

After Peterman's public struggles in his early starts with the Buffalo Bills, Gruden slowly helped the QB get his confidence back. Gruden was going to keep three QBs on the 53-man roster, which would’ve allowed him to run the scout team and continue developing away from the spotlight as a No. 3 signal-caller.

“Peterman lost his confidence after those bad starts in Buffalo,” Gruden said. “But, man, he has got arm talent. He has just gotten better and better.”

Gruden’s quarterback plan went off the rails Thursday in Seattle, when Peterman hurt his right elbow after being hit by blitzing Seahawks defensive back Akeem King.

The injury and its aftermath were shown in detail on Tuesday night’s “Hard Knocks” season finale, which focused on the Raiders trimming their roster to those final 53 players.

“Unfortunately, Peterman got hurt,” Gruden said on the show. “I’m f---ing sick.”

Peterman made the original cut, but he was placed on injured reserve Monday morning. He was replaced by DeShone Kizer, a quarterback claimed off waivers from the Green Bay Packers.

Peterman tore a ligament in his throwing elbow that won’t require surgery but will keep him out at least eight weeks. Hence, the IR move.

“Hard Knocks” showed Peterman acknowledge the elbow pain, saying he felt a “twinge” every time he threw. Peterman finished the Raiders' preseason finale, and nearly won the game ultimately lost on a failed two-point conversion.

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Peterman was disappointed in the ill-timed injury that led to an IR slot after he earned a spot on Gruden’s team.

“I thought I would be all right, but I got the MRI and it wasn’t all right,” Peterman said. “I’m on the team, but I’m not on the 53-man roster for now, so they can have that spot for somebody else while I’m recovering. That’s how the business goes. My focus right now is just getting my elbow healed up.”

Jon Gruden sorts out Raiders QB shuffle, explains why he needs three

Jon Gruden sorts out Raiders QB shuffle, explains why he needs three

ALAMEDA – Jon Gruden has always intended to keep three quarterbacks on this Raiders roster.

Derek Carr’s the unquestioned starter. Mike Glennon’s his backup. And Nathan Peterman was supposed to be the third guy, an athletic player to run the scout team and continue his development away from the spotlight.

That plan became unrealistic during the preseason finale, when Peterman felt some pain in his right elbow.

“He actually finished the game,” Gruden said. “He came over on the sideline with a sore right elbow. After the game it got a little bit more sore. Gave him an MRI and there’s a little ligament problem there. He won’t have to have surgery. He’ll probably be back the middle part of the season.”

Using a short-term IR designation on a third quarterback seems extreme. Gruden has one of his two return slots earmarked for Isaiah Johnson, and the other is more likely to go to a player who can help the club on game days.

The Raiders need help running the scout team right away, which is why they claimed DeShone Kizer off waivers from Green Bay on Sunday morning.

Kizer’s athletic enough to fill the scout-team role, with a strong arm and upside coaches can develop into an asset or more of an impact player. The Notre Dame alum is just 23 years old, with several unsuccessful of starts in Cleveland.

“He’s had a lot of reps. He’s had a lot of experiences,” Gruden said. “I’m sure most of his bad experiences, like Peterman, will be reported over and over. But I think he’s got a big upside. He’s athletic. I know [offensive coordinator Greg Olson] and I are looking forward to working with him. We have to fast track him. He has a lot to learn in a short period of time. But we are really disappointed that Nate got hurt.”

Gruden didn’t consider going with two quarterbacks, and using an extra roster spot to fortify another position group. He survived with two quarterbacks last year with Carr and AJ McCarron, but didn’t feel comfortable with it despite only being down to one guy once.

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“We went down to one quarterback last year, and I almost jumped off the bridge,” Gruden said. “You have to shut down business if you don’t have a backup quarterback. My brother [Jay Gruden] went through it last year [in Washington]. I don’t know how many quarterbacks they had to play. Some franchises go with two. They’ve had a guy that stayed healthy for 10 years. I hope Derek [Carr] does that. This is no reflection on Derek, but I just think you have to have guys developing at that position. You have to have guys ready to go out and play. We have really good receivers. We have a good group of offensive lineman. We want to have a quarterback that can help everybody win.”

Raiders re-sign Josh Mauro, Kyle Wilber; Isaiah Johnson placed on IR

Raiders re-sign Josh Mauro, Kyle Wilber; Isaiah Johnson placed on IR

The Raiders' roster is starting to take shape.

When their initial 53-man roster was released, it was a little bit of a head-scratcher that the Raiders elected to only keep four linebackers. The confusion continued Sunday when the Silver and Black claimed quarterback DeShone Kizer off waivers from the Green Bay Packers -- giving them four QBs -- and released defensive end Josh Mauro.

It's all starting to make a little more sense now, though.

On Monday, the Raiders announced they had placed quarterback Nathan Peterman and rookie cornerback Isaiah Johnson on injured reserve. In corresponding moves, the Raiders re-signed Mauro and linebacker Kyle Wilber who was cut over the weekend.

The Raiders now have five linebackers on the 53-man roster, including Wilber who was a special teams captain last season. Kizer will take Peterman's place as the third-string quarterback behind Derek Carr and Mike Glennon. 

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As for Johnson, the fourth-round draft pick suffered a concussion and a facial injury when he collided with linebacker Marquel Lee in the Raiders' preseason opener against the Los Angeles Rams, and he has not been able to play or practice since. 

The Raiders will open the regular season a week from Monday against the Denver Broncos at the Coliseum.