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Raiders have decisions to make regarding Aaron Curry, Ron Bartell

The Raiders have two players that will soon be eligible to play, and roster moves will need to be made.


The Oakland Raiders can activate linebacker Aaron Curry and cornerback Ron Bartell ahead of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, but that doesn't mean they will add both of them to the 53-man roster. The decision to activate players gets more complicated as a number of factors need to be considered.

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen and the front office would have to figure out corresponding moves to keep the team under the salary cap and within roster limitations should they active Bartell and Curry. Bartell said on Monday he will be ready to play, according to CSN Bay Area.

"We have until Saturday to make that decision," Bartell said, "so I’m going to put another good week of practice in, and if all goes well at practice, and they deem me fit and ready to play, then I’ll be ready to play."

Bartell is recovering from a fractured shoulder blade sustained in Week 2 against San Diego. Curry is battling knee issues.

Oakland is now 3-5 after coming up short on a late comeback bid against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 9. The Raiders are now two games behind the Denver Broncos for the AFC West lead. The Ravens will provide a tough challenge, as they are 6-2 on the year.