The Raiders dipped into their reserves to fill a pressing need at safety. They promoted undrafted rookie Tevin McDonald from the practice squad on Saturday afternoon to add depth to a position beset by injury.
Free safety Nate Allen is on short-term injured reserve with a torn MCL in his right knee and Charles Woodson is dealing with a dislocated right shoulder.
McDonald’s promotion has been expected all week, especially after the Raiders left a roster spot open following a series of Tuesday transactions.
Woodson’s playing status remains uncertain as of midafternoon on Saturday. Regardless, McDonald should be active on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
Larry Asante should start for Allen, with Taylor Mays as the primary strong safety should Woodson be out. Keenan Lambert and McDonald are the only other safeties on the roster. McDonald can help at strong safety, where there was no safety net.
McDonald had a solid preseason and earned a practice squad spot. He graded well in pass coverage.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder played in 50 games at Eastern Washington (2013-14) and UCLA (2011-12). He recorded 256 tackles (180 solo), eight interceptions, 31 passes defensed, one sack, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries over his collegiate career with the Eagles and Bruins.
Oakland Raiders media services contributed to this report