ALAMEDA _ The Raiders signed long-snapper Thomas Gafford Tuesday and placed two-time Pro Bowl snapper Jon Condo on injured reserve, ending his season.
Gafford, 32, was the long-snapper for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2008 through 2014 and spent part of training camp this season with the Chicago Bears.
Undrafted out of Houston in 2005, Gafford (6-foot-2, 250 pounds) went through training camps or offseasons with Green Bay, Seattle and Chicago before catching on with the Chiefs.
Condo executed two punt snaps after his injury, believed to be a dislocated shoulder sustained while recovering a muffed punt.
It made for some drama when Condo re-entered the game.
“His first snap (on the sideline) went into the coolers and I thought, `uh, oh,’ ” punter Marquette King said. “Coach is like, `OK, you’re going to have to punt real fast.’ One of his arms couldn’t really move . . . so I had to shorten up my distance to 11 or 12 yards and as soon as I touched the ball I got it out as fast as I could.”
Condo has been the Raiders long-snapper since the start of the 2007 season. The only time anyone else has snapped was when Condo had a concussion while covering a punt in the 2012 season opener. Backup snapper Travis Goethel had three punts blocked in a 22-12 loss to San Diego.
— Offensive linemen, both starters and reserves, were pleased to find 55-inch flat screen color televisions in front of their lockers as Christmas gifts, courtesy of quarterback Derek Carr.
— Wide receiver Jeremy Pinkard was signed to the practice squad.