The Raiders had a number of linebackers exit Sunday’s 34-14 loss to the Vikings due to injury, and on Monday coach Jon Gruden said the team may have to add reinforcements, Myles Simmons of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
That came to fruition Monday night, as the team signed Dakota Allen off the Los Angeles Rams practice squad, Allen’s agent confirmed.
A featured player in Season 2 of the Netflix series “Last Chance U,” Allen was drafted in the seventh round this year by the Rams. Los Angeles kept Allen on the practice squad after cutting him when reducing the roster to 53 players.
In three years at Texas Tech, Allen recorded 17.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and four interceptions.
The Raiders needed to add Allen because three linebackers may miss Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. Middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict left Sunday’s game with a right elbow injury, but returned. Outside linebacker Marquel Lee, who started Sunday, left with a left ankle injury and did not return. And Nicholas Morrow, who replaced Lee, also injured an ankle Sunday, playing just five defensive snaps.
With three injured players at a position that has only five on the active roster, Gruden admitted he’s a little concerned.
“You get worried when you have three of your linebackers come out of a game,” Gruden said. But he said general manager Mike Mayock and his staff “are working hard to come up with a contingency plan if we need to find a linebacker.”