The Raiders claimed Jeremy Leman off waivers from the San Diego Chargers. He will wear the No. 53 most recently donned by former Raiders outside linebacker Thomas Howard from 2006-10.
Leman, 26, has spent time on the practice squads of the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Chargers since he left Illinois in 2008. He has not appeared in an NFL regular-season game.
Leman also has some familiarity with Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan from their time together with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League in 2010. He follows former Tuskers linebacker Darryl Blackstock to the Raiders.
*In other news, the Raiders placed offensive lineman Lou Eliades on the injured reserve and waived/injured undrafted rookie Zac Etheridge. If Etheridge clears waivers, he likely would be placed on the injured-reserve.
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