The Raiders cut starting cornerback Pat Lee and placed cornerback Shawntae Spencer on injured reserve Saturday to make room for cornerback Ron Bartell and running back Jeremy Stewart on the 53-man roster.
Lee started seven games, moving into the starting lineup in Week 2 after Bartell (broken shoulder blade) and Spencer (foot sprain) were lost in the first two games of the season. Lee had his first career interception in the Raiders’ 26-16 Week 8 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Although Raiders coach Dennis Allen said recently there had been no setbacks regarding Spencer, he did say the healing process was taking longer than anticipated. Spencer, who signed a one-year contract last offseason, is out the remainder of the season and played in just two games.
The moves suggest Michael Huff, moved to cornerback in Week 3, will be there the rest of the season, starting opposite Bartell, with Matt Giordano the starting free safety.
Oakland’s other cornerbacks are Brandian Ross, Phillip Adams and Coye Francies, all of whom have more extensive roles on special teams than Lee.