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Raiders add Aaron Curry to active roster

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After spending all season on the physically unable to perform list, Raiders linebacker Aaron Curry is finally ready to go.

The Raiders announced today that Curry has been moved to the active roster. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be able to play on Sunday against the Ravens — his injured knee is still less than 100 percent — but it does mean the team expects him to play at some point this season.

Curry arrived in Oakland via a trade with Seattle last season and started nine of the last 10 games of the year. As the winner of the 2008 Butkus Award for the best linebacker in college football and the No. 4 overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, Curry was widely viewed as a sure-thing future star in the NFL. Instead, his career has been a disappointment.

But today’s move at least makes it possible that Curry will have something to contribute this season.

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18 Responses to “Raiders add Aaron Curry to active roster”
  1. mikealstott says: Nov 6, 2012 4:51 PM

    Too bad this guy is a week late…He could have helped stop Doug Martin from running the “Oakland Marathon” last week….

  2. sidneyz says: Nov 6, 2012 4:57 PM

    Very rarely does a great college player who starts out as a bust ever reach greatness again in the NFL. One such player does come to mind. A Heisman Trophy winner in college, expectations were high when Jim Plunkett was drafted into the league. He was soon considered a bust and on his way out of the league until Al Davis took a chance on this one time college great. Plunkett lead the Silver & Black to 2 Superbowl Championships in the 80’s. So it can happen. Good luck AC!

  3. joetoronto says: Nov 6, 2012 4:59 PM

    He’s been an impact player for the Raiders, after being misused by Pete Carroll.

    Go crack some skulls, Aaron!

  4. radrntn says: Nov 6, 2012 5:04 PM

    good, he cant hurt, and is solid against the run if healthy…maybe now we can cut “cant take a good angle” giordano….maybe we can sign routt for league min, and move huff back to safety..

    How is giordano, carlisle getting minutes…they are not that good….begining to wonder about brisiel as well, huge disappointment thus far.

  5. johnnycash19 says: Nov 6, 2012 5:08 PM

    Remember when people were saying the Lions should draft this guy over Stafford? Hilarious.

  6. liddogg33 says: Nov 6, 2012 5:16 PM

    As a Seattle fan id say the raiders are way worse then what they were yesterday!! B…U…S…T..

  7. trollhammer20 says: Nov 6, 2012 5:16 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Nov 6, 2012 4:59 PM
    He’s been an impact player for the Raiders, after being misused by Pete Carroll.
    ____________________________
    I know you’re a pathological Carroll hater, joe, but he was awful under Jim Mora Jr., too. And if the four tackles a game he’s averaged as a Raider qualifies as “impact”, boy, standards sure have dropped from the Ted Hendricks/Matt Millen days, haven’t they?

  8. chipwade says: Nov 6, 2012 5:17 PM

    I may have been the most excited person in Seattle when they drafted Curry. I thought we were getting the next Patrick Willis. He just needs to be in the right system to succeed.

    In return for Curry, the Seahawks drafted JR Sweezy with the 7th rd pick and will get a 4th or 5th round player next season.

  9. randallflagg52 says: Nov 6, 2012 5:30 PM

    This guy is a colossal bust. I can’t even believe how bad he is as an NFL player, after being a total beast in college. I can get how that can happen for a QB or WR, but not for a linebacker. It’s pretty crazy to think that a 4th or 5th round rookie out of Mississippi State came in and played at such a high level that Seattle traded the 4th pick in 09 for peanuts.

  10. jmclarkent says: Nov 6, 2012 5:55 PM

    Good – Renaldo “Big Gain” McClain has zero MLB instincts – hopefully either Curry or the kid can take his starting spot.

  11. sackexchange says: Nov 6, 2012 6:05 PM

    Worst Team besides Jax

  12. beauregard says: Nov 6, 2012 6:19 PM

    Brian Bosworth v.2.0 Maybe he’ll have a 2nd career as a heavy in bad biker movies. Stone Cold Curry…..

  13. jturbo1402003 says: Nov 6, 2012 7:51 PM

    I agree Curry was a bust and played like crap in Seattle but i watched every play for the Raiders last year and he was much more impactfull than the stats say. He made a bunch of nice plays for us last year but compared to our otger LB’s that not saying much. It can only help our defense which needs all the help it can get.

    He probally isnt gonna live up to all his potential but from only judging his playin time in Oakland and nothing else I am happy he will be back and cant wait til he can rejoin the team.

    I think everyone thinks of his Seatle days or where he was drafted. If you are a Raiders fan and watched every game last year you had to have liked what you saw in plays amd effort. We gave up what a 7th rd pick for him so you haters say BUST i say STEAL.

    To be honest he made to many boneheaded plays getting flagged for 15 yarders a couple timrs not adjusting to the new rules. I also remember a couple of the calls were bogus calls as he plays physical almost to a fault thu the play but regardles Welcome back Aaron Hope To See You On The Field Soon.

  14. raiderapologist says: Nov 6, 2012 8:58 PM

    randallflagg52 says: Nov 6, 2012 5:30 PM

    This guy is a colossal bust. I can’t even believe how bad he is as an NFL player, after being a total beast in college. I can get how that can happen for a QB or WR, but not for a linebacker. It’s pretty crazy to think that a 4th or 5th round rookie out of Mississippi State came in and played at such a high level that Seattle traded the 4th pick in 09 for peanuts.
    ————
    It happened with McClain. A 4th round rookie gets him off the field on third down, and a free agent LB from the Colts stole his microphone.

  15. commitment2excrement says: Nov 6, 2012 9:16 PM

    An impact? A Steal? Well I guess when compared to a Mike backer who jogs all over the field, it’s an upgrade. But the silver lining is McClain is working on his lethargy during games, by jogging around. So you can’t say he isn’t trying!

  16. Grinds My Gear says: Nov 6, 2012 9:42 PM

    The nice thing about getting Curry back is we can potentially bench McClain almost exclusively. McClain was in all the plays where Martin broke out a big run. We can strictly use McClain as a rotation guy instead. Before the only way was to go with our nickle package to get him off the field, and Burris at MLB.
    We can move Burris to MLB in our base defense with Curry. Instead of calling McClain back in in the base and moving Burris to WLB. Curry can almost play the Wimbley role at WLB. He’s a much better pass rusher than people give him credit for, which is why I believe Seattle was using him wrong. The guy is a force as a blitzer, especially a free blitzer. With the Raiders blitzing well recently, I expect Curry to excel.

  17. rayguyreturns says: Nov 7, 2012 9:20 AM

    Good to have him back. All the leaches can snicker all they want, but Curry played well last year and should fit in well this season if he stays on the field.

    I’d be happy to see him take Slowlando’s place.

  18. dougydougdoug says: Nov 7, 2012 10:04 AM

    I love me some curry, but only in my Tikka Masala.

    Not sure why you’re all yapping about this guy. He was a bust up in Seattle, in a better coached and better run organization. What in the world makes you think that he’s going to magically become a great player on one of the worst teams in the league?

    By the way, and I realize that all you “nation” fanatics know everything there is to know about football, and that we “haters” just don’t get it – but you do realize that his transfer to the active roster is simply a technicality to avoid the IR deadline. Every team in the league is doing that this week, with their PUP players.

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