Raiders Sign Linebacker Preston Brown, Place Wide Receiver Dwayne Harris On IR
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The Oakland Raiders made a roster move on Monday, signing linebacker Preston Brown and placing wide receiver Dwayne Harris on injured reserve.

For Harris, this marks the end of his 2019 season that was limited to just three games due to ankle and foot injuries. Trevor Davis has been handling return duties in his absence, and that will likely continue the rest of the way.

Brown was originally a third-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2014 out of Louisville. The six-year NFL veteran signed a three-year contract extension with the Cincinnati Bengals this past offseason but was waived after playing in nine games (eight starts). He has 52 total tackles (26 solo), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery this season.

The Bengals and Raiders run similar defensive schemes, so Brown is already ahead of the curve and looking forward to getting to work with his new team, via Scott Bair of NBC Sports:

The linebacker position has been perhaps the Raiders’ biggest weakness this season, so the hope is that bringing in a veteran of Brown’s caliber will bring some stability to that position. Because Brown is a veteran, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is hoping to get him on the field as fast as possible, via Vic Tafur of The Athletic:

Oakland’s defense as a whole has begun to find their form in recent weeks, and they will look to continue that when they travel to take on the New York Jets in Week 12.