LONDON -- The Raiders claimed safety Brandian Ross off waivers from the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, bringing him back to the team that employed him one month earlier in August.
Ross will take the place of starter Tyvon Branch, who was formally placed on season-ending injured reserve in a corresponding move.
In an ironic twist, Ross was slated to play against the Raiders on Sunday in London. The Dolphins planned to travel on Friday, but he'll leave a day earlier and join his old team to play the one that just cut him.
Branch fractured his foot in a loss to the New England Patriots and flew home instead of joining the team to London for Sunday's game. His injury was severe, and he's scheduled to have surgery.
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Branch missed 14 games last season with a fractured fibula, and Ross played -- often poorly -- in his stead. That could happen again.
Ross spent training camp with the Raiders and was part of the team's final cut at preseason's end.
He was signed to the Dolphins practice squad, promoted to the regular roster on Saturday. He was released by the team on Tuesday and picked up by the Raiders before he could hit free agency.
Ross is a logical fit because he knows the system and has paired with free safety Charles Woodson already. He was released in favor of Jonathan Dowling, a seventh-round developmental pick with upside.
The Raiders also have Usama Young on the roster, a reserve free safety capable of playing Branch's position as well.