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Leon Orr promoted to Raiders active roster

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Leon Orr was added to the Raiders active roster. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

Leon Orr was added to the Raiders active roster. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

The Raiders officially promoted defensive tackle Leon Orr from the practice squad Sunday, placing linebacker Neiron Ball on injured reserve to create space on the 53-man roster.

Orr was informed Friday and broke the news on Twitter. The undrafted free agent from Florida was signed to the practice squad after being cut at the end of training camp.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Orr, a boisterous locker room personality, was never a regular starter in college. He came into the league with some baggage. At one point, upset that he wasn’t starting, he took a bus home to Gainesville, Fla., from his team’s game against Vanderbilt in Nashville.   Orr apologized two days later but was not allowed to return to the team. He worked out at Florida’s pro day but wasn’t drafted and the Raiders signed him as a free agent.

Ball, a college teammate of Orr’s at Florida, hasn’t played since suffering a knee injury Oct. 25 in San Diego. The injury was expected to sideline him about a month.

Ball seemed to be making slow progress last week when he worked out on the side during practice on Dec. 2. But he wasn’t back out there the next two days and coach Jack Del Rio acknowledged Monday that Ball’s season was likely over.

The Raiders now have one open spot on their practice squad.

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • Kenchun24

    Klay did as well…he was crappy shooting tonight (open and created shots) he should have rested again and just let Steph Dray try to keep the chase for 34 alive.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I assumed it was an early game, It isn’t?

  • Raider 8

    one thing about al and it’s something i always loved about the raiders; he always “went for it”. i didn’t care if it wasn’t the wise , pragmatic thing to do…it was fun. and isn’t sports supposed to be fun? anyway…he always pulled some trade or worked a deal or had something going on that made it exciting to be a fan.

    we can say what we want about al, but the worst stretch in all those years was that seven season dark era between the super bowl in jan of 2003 and the 8-8 years where it seemed we were on our way back.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    He knew his time was up, and swung for the fences every year. Had he known in 2003 how much time he had left, I think he would have played it differently.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Sixes still banned?
    C’mon, Durkin! Screw adamant or whatever his name is!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    No wonder I lead the blog in posts.
    You guys don’t participate.

  • Stabler

    “p”

  • Stabler

    Warriors on pace to go 78-4 this year. I would grudgingly allow that.

  • Raider 8

    where i miss him right now is all this hubabaloo about LA and the stadium situation. if the owners were conspiring against the raiders…like i think they are against mark right now…he would absolutely NOT be laying down or bending over. mark comes off as kind of a patsy in all this. seems he’s been on this “please forgive me and dad for all we’ve done in the past” tour and it doesn’t seem to be getting him anywhere. we’ll see how it pans out, but that’s what it seems like to me right now.

  • Stabler

    I’m busy watching the Vincent Price Christmas Special, from 1954:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7l77LGgVOY

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Art Bell was OK, Had a lady on who’d spoken to a Chupacabra and it told her it just wanted to experience mankind, and that it was from a different galaxy.
    Coast to Coast, some where in time, 1996 this time.

  • Raiderkoolaid

    It has to be true if they put it on the radio!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    C’mon, man, Vincent Price did some great work!
    Some of the cheesiest you’ll ever see as well.

  • txraider

    Watched that game in a bar in Louisana, on a road trip. Started drinking Crown at halftime. That catch @ 10:30 in the clip.. in the snow.. unbelieveable

  • jesusraiderjim

    1:05 for you Westies.

  • R8der4evr

    Momma fed him well

  • Stabler

    He was great, no doubt. If you haven’t watched the video above, it’s only 5 minutes and pretty funny.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Had a great vino confrontation with Peter Lorre.
    Thank god, I don’t remember the title!

  • Stabler

    Llamas = chupacabra’s favorite food

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    The point being, Bell humored her while winking, over the radio, at us, and let itgo a while and then cut it off. He was good.

  • Stabler
  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Was that the one with the wine showdown?

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Now I’m disillusioned.

  • Stabler
  • Raider 8

    awesome show. whitney streiber was a good host too. haven’t listened to it in years.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I guess that was the one, cracked me up!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Don’t be! The Chupacabra is real, just not from a different galaxy.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Norry is doing well, and the occasional fill in. They always allow it to get out there on occasion, and reel it back in the next night.

  • The Bosc Pear (aka Oak R8rs)

    New post, suckers.

  • the erudite dr robert

    the halloween one is great.

  • Maverick

    neiron ball was showing a lot of promise before the injury.

  • I’m still here

    catch the ball

  • I’m still here

    weak take