The Raiders have jettisoned another draft pick and added one more player to the organization who spent time with the Green Bay Packers during the tenure of Reggie McKenzie as director of operations.
Offensive tackle Joe Barksdale was leaving the facility Wednesday carrying some of his belongings with the Raiders about 20 minutes into practice. A Raiders spokesman said 20 minutes earlier that Barksdale was "still on the roster."
The website "The Sideline View" reported early Wednesday morning that Barksdale, a third-round draft pick, had been waived. Barksdale's exit would leave a spot open on the 53-man roster.
The Raiders did announce the signing of wide receiver Tori Gurley to the practice squad, filling the spot left by the previous day's release of defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga.
A clue was provided regarding Barksdale's spot in the pecking order when he was inactive for the Raiders-Steelers game despite an injury to starting right tackle Khalif Barnes.
Instead of activating Barksdale, the Raiders instead moved rookie third-round pick Tony Bergstrom from guard to tackle and had him suit up as the backup. Barksdale, taken when the Raiders were transitioning from a zone scheme to more of a drive-blocking team, was inactive for all three games.
Gurley becomes the third fringe Green Bay player to join the organization within the last week, joining cornerback Brandian Ross and linebacker Vic So'oto, both members of the 53-man
Gurley joins Travionte Session as practice squad receivers who could be promoted should the Raiders determine wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey will be unable to play against Denver Sunday following a concussion and neck strain against Pittsburgh.
A member of Green Bay's practice squad last year, Gurley at one time was extended an offer to join Minnesota's 53-man roster for the last three weeks of the season but opted to stay with the Packers.
Waived on Aug. 31, Gurley was signed to the Minnesota practice squad, but was later waived.
Gurley, lost among receivers such as Alshon Jeffrey and Marcus Lattimore, left South Carolina after just two seasons (he redshirted as a freshman) to make himself eligible for the NFL draft. A big target at 6-foot-4, 232 pounds, Gurley caught 75 passes for 905 yards and six touchdowns in two seasons under Gamecocks' coach Steve Spurrier.