By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 2:45 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders waived linebacker Martez Wilson on Tuesday, freeing up a spot on the 53-man roster for the expected return of second-year linebacker Miles Burris.
Burris returned to practice almost three weeks ago after spending the past 10-plus months rehabilitating from offseason knee surgery. The Raiders are obligated to make a move at some point during the 21-day period from when Burris first practiced.
That window ends today, so it seems logical that the Raiders cut Wilson so that they can activate Burris. The only other options the Raiders have when it comes to Burris are to place him on season-ending injured reserve or cut him outright.
Wilson was claimed off waivers from the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 23. His play was limited to special teams.
Burris became an immediate starter for the Raiders as a rookie last season as a result of a knee injury suffered by incumbent Aaron Curry. Burris played well enough to keep his job once Curry returned, and the Raiders ultimately cut Curry.
The Raiders are pretty well set at linebacker right now, with Kevin Burnett, Sio Moore and Nick Roach entrenched as starters. Therefore, Burris likely would be used primarily on special teams from the outset.
Burris is versatile enough to play any linebacker position. As a result, his return would give defensive coordinator Jason Tarver more flexibility in terms of using a 3-4 alignment more often.