Raiders promote defensive linemen Datone Jones, Chris Smith for Chiefs game

With defensive tackle Maurice Hurst on the COVID-19 reserve list and Maliek Collins hurting and questionable with a shoulder injury, the Raiders promoted defensive linemen Datone Jones and Chris Smith to the 53-man roster Saturday.

A third defensive tackle, Daniel Ross, is on injured reserve and unavailable.

Both players have played primarily on the outside, although that doesn’t preclude defensive line coach Rod Marinelli from using them inside if necessary.

Jones (6-foot-4, 285 pounds) has played in 67 games with nine starts for Green Bay (57 games), Dallas (5) and the 49ers (3) with 10 sacks and two fumble recoveries. He hasn’t played since the 2018 season.

Smith (6-foot-1, 266) has 60 games of experience with two starts, playing three seasons with Jacksonville (2014-16) and Cleveand (2017-19). He has 8 1/2 sacks and three forced fumbles.

Jones, 30 and Smith 28, are examples of veteran players who can play under expanded practice squad rules which were adjuted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whether Collins can play will probably be a game time decision.

“We don’t have a lot of alternatives. We don’t have a lot of choices,” coach Jon Gruden said. “We’re already using a lot of different players. We’re going to play guys that are healthy and ready to go. We’re not going to put anybody in harms way, but we’re playing the Kansas City Chiefs. So, if you’re able to play, we’re going to suit up the best men we can.”

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Defensive linemen Clelin Ferrell and Kendal Vickers are listed as defensive ends but both can play inside and probably will be needed there on occasion against Kansas City with Johnathan Hankins the lone member of the defensive tackle rotation who is good to go.




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