The Oakland Raiders have made several moves before Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. The team activate cornerback Ron Bartell to the active roster after placing him on the reserve/injured list after week one. They placed cornerback Shawntae Spencer on injured reserve, ending his season. Oakland also waived cornerback Pat Lee.
Bartell suffered a scapula fracture in week one against the San Diego Chargers. He came back to practice two weeks ago and is expected to play Sunday. Lee, who started seven games when Spencer and Bartell were injured, has been waived. Last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lee missed a tackle that resulted in a long Doug Martin touchdown. On another Martin touchdown, he went for a strip instead of a tackle. Lee came to the Raiders after spending three seasons with the Green Bay Packers where new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was the director of player personnel. Lee had 30 tackles, one interception, and one forced fumble in eight games this season.
Spencer injured his foot in Oakland's week two loss to the Miami Dolphins. He was in a boot and has not recovered fast enough. The Raiders have elected to place him on injury reserve, which will end his season. He was the starter for the first two weeks of the season, before the injury.
Waiving Lee and placing Spencer on injured reserve, will keep safety turned cornerback Michael Huff in the starting line-up. Huff was taken advantage of last week against Tampa Bay, but has played well for the Raider considering the circumstances. He and Bartell should start this Sunday in Baltimore.
The Raiders also promoted practice squad running back Jeremy Stewart to the active roster because of Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson being out for the Raven's game. The 6-1, 218 pound Stewart is a rookie out of Stanford.
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