Riley recorded seven tackles (six solo) and a forced fumble during Sunday's win over the Chargers.
Riley led the Raiders in tackles during his first contest with the team after back-up middle linebacker Ben Heeney (undisclosed) was placed on IR earlier in the week. Riley could eventually overtake rookie Cory James as the starting middle linebacker, as James notched just two tackles (one solo) during the Week 5 victory. Although the Raiders' defense has struggled to stop opposing offenses at times throughout the season, the team will look to move to 5-1 next week against the Chiefs.
Riley was released by Washington before the beginning of the regular season after missing seven games last season due to a foot injury. In 2015, he recorded 43 tackles, three pass deflections, and two interceptions in nine games. He now heads to Oakland, where he figures to be a reserve middle linebacker after Ben Heeney (undisclosed) was placed on the IR on Tuesday. The veteran could make a run for the starting spot, which is currently held by rookie Cory James.
Limited to nine games last season, Riley recovered from a foot injury in time for training camp, but he couldn't beat out Mason Foster for a starting job alongside Will Compton. It's unclear if Washington proposed a pay cut prior to dumping the 30-year-old Riley and his $4 million salary. Should he catch on elsewhere, it will likely be on a contract much closer to the veteran's minimum.
Riley missed the final six games of last season due to a foot injury that required surgery, causing him to start training camp on the sidelines. However, now that he's healed enough, the veteran will take the practice field Friday. Entering the last year of his current contract, Riley will compete for reps at inside linebacker with Will Compton and Mason Foster.
Riley (foot) was placed on the PUP list for the start of training camp, The Washington Post reports.
Still recovering from the injury (and subsequent surgery) that cost him the final six games of last season, Riley may need to compete for a roster spot when/if he is ready to practice. The Redskins could deploy Will Compton and Mason Foster as the starting inside linebackers, and Riley's $4 million salary would be tough to justify for a backup at a non-premium position. Of course, the 28-year-old might consider taking a pay cut to stick around.
|7||10/23/16||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|8||10/30/16||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|14||12/8/16||@ KC||8:25 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ SD||4:25 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
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