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.