Raiders Place Joseph on Injured List
by Tom LaMarre
Safety Karl Joseph was placed on Reserve/Injured List by the Oakland Raiders on Saturday after they received the results of an MRI exam on his right foot.
The Raiders did not announce the results of the MRI, but it is believed that Joseph has a broken foot.
Joseph was on crutches after his interception sealed the victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night, but he was injured on the play and limped off the field.
Coach Jon Gruden said the Raiders feared the injury was serious and that's probably why they signed free agent safety D.J. Swearinger on Friday.
“Hopefully I’ll be all right,” said Joseph, who five days earlier knocked away Matthew Stafford’s pass in the end zone with three seconds left to seal a victory over the Detroit Lions. “We’ll see. We’ll get everything checked out.”
The 5-10, 210-pound Joseph was selected by the Raiders in the first round (No.14 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft out of West Virginia and has started 41 of the 49 games he has played for Oakland.
Joseph has four interceptions, 15 passes defensed, 234 tackles, two fumble recoveries and three sacks in his pro career. He was selected to the 2016 Pro Football Writers Association’s NFL All-Rookie team after being a first team All-Big 12 Conference pick as a senior for the Mountaineers.
The 5-11, 205-pound Swearinger, who worked out for the Raiders earlier in the week, is in his seventh season since being picked in the second round (No. 57 overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.
Swearinger has played for the Texans (2013-14), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2015), Arizona Cardinals (2015-16), Washington Redskins (2017-18) and Arizona Cardinals (2018-19), and has 14 interceptions, 389 tackles including 4½ sacks, 40 pass deflections, forced nine fumbles and recovered four in 94 career games.
The Raiders also signed defensive end Dion Jordan and waived linebacker Quentin Poling.
The 6-6, 275-pound Jordan was drafted in the first round (third overall) by the Miami Dolphins in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Oregon. He played two seasons with the Dolphins and the last two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, making four starts in 43 games and being credited with 77 tackles (58 solo), 8½ sacks, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles.