While Ealy was part of the active roster earlier in the season, he was buried on the depth chart and didn't have an opportunity to take the field. With the Raiders dealing with multiple injuries along the defensive line this time around, Ealy could make his 2018 debut Sunday.
The Raiders released Ealy on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Ealy signed a contract with the Raiders on Nov. 5, but failed to appear in Sunday's game against the Chargers. The former second-round pick will look to revive his career elsewhere.
Ealy's place on the 53-man roster comes at the expense of fellow defensive end James Cowser. The former second-round pick recorded at least four sacks in each of his first three NFL seasons, and is expected to serve a depth role in Oakland's 4-3 defense.
Ealy was waived by the Cowboys on Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Ealy was a second-round pick of the Panthers in 2014, and recorded at least four sacks in each of his first three NFL seasons. After a down year with the Jets last season in which the 26-year-old logged only 14 tackles and one sack, it seems that a comeback season with the Cowboys wasn't in the cards. Ealy will become an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers unclaimed, and look to stick more firmly elsewhere around the league.
Ealy spent last season with the Jets, recording just 14 tackles, including one sack on the year, though he did add an impressive nine passes defensed, including one interception. A second-round pick of the Panthers in 2014, Ealy fell off from the form of his first three seasons, which saw him record at least four sacks each year. He'll be looking to bounce back from what was a down year, though he'll likely be a bit buried on the Cowboys depth chart and have to earn any snaps he eventually gets.
|15||12/16/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|2017||New York Jets||15||14||11.0||3||1||1||9||9.0||9||0||9|
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|2017||New York Jets||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|