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Raiders cornerback Carlos Rogers has been placed on injured reserve with a knee injury, the team announced on Saturday morning.
The veteran missed the last four games with a knee strain, and was ruled out of Sunday's game at St. Louis. Rogers was committed to returning this season, working diligently on the side and in the training room. Interim head coach Tony Sparano praised his work ethic while sidelined in recent weeks.
Rogers is surely disappointed in the team's decision, especially with a game against the San Francisco 49ers, his former team, slated for Dec. 7.
Rogers has 26 total tackles, two passes defended and one forced fumble in seven games this season, his first as a Raider. Rogers signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract (with addition playing time incentives) this past offseason. The 33-year old will be an unrestricted free agent at season's end.
The Raiders will continue to start DJ Hayden and Tarell Brown. TJ Carrie, who is probable with an ankle injury, will be the No. 3 cornerback and play for Rogers in the slot. Carrie and strong safety Brandian Ross filled in there during Rogers' absence.
Running back George Atkinson III has been signed from the practice squad in a corresponding move. Atkinson III tweeted on Friday night that he had been promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.
Atkinson III is known as return man, and should take over as kickoff returner with Latavius Murray out. He could return punts as well, though Carrie could resume that role if Sparano chose. Carrie has missed two of the past three games with injury. Atkinson III is a dynamic playmaker, but has ball security issues that must remain dormant during his stint on the 53-man roster.
Atkinson III is the son of former Raiders defensive back George Atkinson, who played in Oakland from 1968-77. He recorded 30 interceptions during his 10 seasons with the Raiders.