The Raiders promoted linebacker David Nixon and and placed Ricky Brown on injured reserve, where the season-opening starter at strong side linebacker will finish out the season for the second straight year.
Nixon, an undrafted free agent from Brigham Young, got the nod over Slade Norris, a fourth-round draft pick. Norris missed practices recently with a hamstring injury. Nixon will be active when the Raiders face the Bengals today at the Coliseum, with Jon Alston inactive after landing on the injury report Saturday with an “illness.”
Inactives for the Raiders are wide receiver Todd Watkins, linebacker Jon Alston, tackle Khalif Barnes, tackle Erik Pears, wide receiver Javon Walker, wide receiver Nick Miller and defensive tackle William Joseph. Charlie Frye is designated as the third quarterback.
Inactives for the Bengals are running back Cedric Benson, fullback Fui VAkapuna, linebacker Keith Rivers, defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene, tight end Chase Coffman and wide receiver Jerome Simpson. The third quarterback is Jordan Palmer.