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ALAMEDA – The Raiders were thin at tight end. Now they’re a bit deeper.
Scott Simonson was added to the active roster from the practice squad on Saturday, and safety Jonathon Dowling was placed on injured reserve with a back injury.
Simonson will play significant snaps on Sunday against the 49ers. The first-year pro should help out with blocking duties, while Mychal Rivera will maintain his role as the receiving tight end. They are the only healthy tight ends on the roster.
Dowling’s placement on injured reserve is not a surprise. He has had a back injury for several weeks, making him expendable.