The Oakland Raiders announced Thursday they have placed defensive tackle Richard Seymour on injured reserve. Seymour had missed the last seven games with a hamstring injury. This signifies the end of his season right before the Raiders' final game of the year and could spell the end of his time with the team.
The twelve year veteran is an unrestricted free agent after the season. He finishes the 2012 campaign playing in eight games and totaling three sacks. With the salary cap issues the Raiders still have, it would be a surprise if they or Seymour could come to an agreement on an extension. Oakland acquired the three time Super Bowl champion from the New England Patriots in 2009 for a first round draft pick.
Placing Seymour on IR will open a roster spot for the final game of the season against the San Diego Chargers. As the team tries to evaluate players for next year, rookie Christo Bilukidi will see more snaps as a result of Seymour's absence. The Raiders could add another defensive lineman, but it is unlikely so late in the week and season. Tommy Kelly and Desmond Bryant will start for the team Sunday.
“We’re going to keep it open right now,” Allen said. “There’s obviously options that we can do, but we’re not going to do anything with it right now and we’ll make a decision later in the week how we want to fill that roster spot.”
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