ALAMEDA -- Taiwan Jones is done for the year. The Raiders’ special teams ace will be placed on season-ending injured reserve before Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. Head coach Dennis Allen made the announcement after Friday’s practice.
Jones suffered a serious foot injury during Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets. He was helped off the field, but carted through MetLife Stadium with his head in his hands.
Allen said Monday he would miss "some time," but the severity of the injury and the Raiders’ inability to carry dead weight for an extended period necessitated the season-ending designation.
The Raiders promoted linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu from the practice squad in a corresponding move. Filimoeatu will provide insurance if middle linebacker Nick Roach missed a second straight game with concussion-like symptoms.
Jones is a cornerback by trade, but special teams coverage was his greatest strength. Jones signed a three-year, $4.355 million contract this offseason to become an anchor on special teams, but that won’t happen this year. He suffered a knee strain halfway through the preseason, and injured his foot just a week after returning to full practice.