Raiders dump ex-Hawk Curry

McClatchy news servicesNovember 21, 2012 

The Oakland Raiders waived linebacker Aaron Curry on Tuesday, two weeks after activating him to the 53-man roster.

Curry announced his release on Twitter: “No longer a raider! On to my next venture! Expanding Gods territory.”

Drafted fourth overall by the Seattle Seahawks in 2009, Curry never lived up to expectations in Seattle and was traded to the Raiders last season for a seventh-round pick in 2012 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2013.

Curry began this season on the Raiders’ Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list because of a knee injury. He was activated from the PUP list on Nov. 6 and played in Oakland’s past two games.

In his first game of the season, Nov. 11 against Baltimore, Curry played 15 snaps on defense and 14 snaps on special teams. He made one tackle, committed two personal fouls and was fined a total of $23,625 for those illegal hits.

On Sunday against New Orleans, Curry was only on the field for three defensive and five special teams snaps, and he did not make a tackle.


Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed avoided a one-game suspension for late hits after an appeal. He instead will be fined $50,000.

Reed was suspended for one game without pay on Monday by NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks for his third violation in three seasons of the rule prohibiting helmet-to-helmet hits against defenseless players. The third violation occurred in Sunday night’s game at Pittsburgh when Reed hit Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders in the head.

Reed appealed the ruling Tuesday during a phone conversation with NFL hearing officer Ted Cottrell.

Hours later, Cottrell reduced the penalty.

In a letter to Reed, Cottrell wrote: “I have determined that your actions were egregious and warrant significant discipline. However, I do not believe that your actions were so egregious as to subject you to a one-game suspension without pay. Player safety is the league’s primary concern in the formation of playing rules and all players are expected to adhere to those rules or face disciplinary action. I hope in the future you will focus on ensuring that your play conforms to the rules.”

Reed will be in uniform for Sunday’s game in San Diego.


The Pittsburgh Steelers brought back veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress to provide depth at a position decimated by injuries while also hoping there’s enough gas left in the 35-year-old’s tank to give the offense an added dimension near the goal line.

Burress, who played for Pittsburgh from 2000-2004, impressed Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert during a brief workout even though he hasn’t played since last season as a member of the New York Jets.

The Steelers were in need of healthy bodies at wide receiver after Jerricho Cotchery fractured his ribs Sunday. Antonio Brown has missed the past two games because of an ankle injury.


Tomlin said 37-year-old Charlie Batch will start at quarterback for the Steelers on Sunday in Cleveland. Starter Ben Roethlisberger and backup Byron Leftwich are out indefinitely because of rib injuries. … Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said he is not sure whether he will play Sunday against Minnesota after missing Monday’s loss to San Francisco because of a concussion. … The Jets waived former Washington State wide receiver Jason Hill, who had two catches for 15 yards and a touchdown this season. … Redskins linebacker London Fletcher’s sprained right ankle prevented him from practicing and might keep him out of Thursday’s game at Dallas. He has played in 234 consecutive games. … The Redskins placed safety Brandon Meriweather on injured reserve because of a knee injury.

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