By Steve Corkran
Saturday, December 17th, 2011 at 8:37 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders placed veteran cornerback Chris Johnson on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness List, no doubt the result of his struggles coping with the recent death of his sister and shooting of his mother.
Johnson told coach Hue Jackson that he wasn’t up to playing last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers because of what he is going through. He attended his sister’s funeral earlier this week and missed practice all week.
The Raiders signed undrafted rookie defensive end Mason Brodine from the practice squad and placed him on the 53-man roster to take Johnson’s place.
Brodine, 6-feet-7 and 255 pounds, played his collegiate ball at Nebraska-Kearney. The Raiders liked what they saw from him in training camp and signed him to their practice squad a day after they released him in the final roster cutdown.
It’s unclear if Brodine will see much, if any, playing time Sunday against the Detroit Lions or in any of the Raiders final three regular-season games.
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