The Las Vegas Raiders placed DE Takk McKinley on injured reserve Friday, according to Albert Breer.
It’s worth mentioning that the NFL changed the rules regarding injured reserve for the 2020 season and players can return from the list in just three weeks.
The Raiders just claimed McKinley off of waivers from the 49ers, but he failed physicals for San Francisco and Cincinnati, so it appears as though Las Vegas plans to give him some more time to get ready.
On Friday, Raiders HC Jon Gruden told reporters that they view McKinley as being part of their future.
McKinley, 24, is a former first-round pick by the Falcons out of UCLA in the 2017 NFL Draft. He’s entering the final year of his four-year, $10.2 million rookie contract and is set to make a base salary of $1.85 million for the 2020 season.
The Bengals claimed McKinley off of waivers from the Falcons but he failed a physical and was once again waived and later claimed by the 49ers before once again being waived with a failed physical designation.
The Raiders claimed McKinley off waivers earlier in the week.
McKinley finished last year on the injured reserve list due to a shoulder injury. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent in 2021 after the Falcons declined his fifth-year option.
In 2020, McKinley has appeared in four games for the Falcons and recorded eight total tackles, one sack and one pass defense.