Cut by the Broncos after the preseason, McDonald appeared on the Raiders’ radar Wednesday. Despite the team visiting with 26-year-old Johnathan Hankins, one of the NFL’s top interior defenders in 2017, they’ll go with the 31-year-old McDonald for the time being.
A Hankins addition may not be off the table, but McDonald will attempt to fill the void created by Justin Ellis‘ foot injury. McDonald has served as a starter for two seasons, with the 2016 Buccaneers and NFC champion Seahawks in 2014, but has mostly been a backup contributor. He recorded five sacks for the Bucs last season, despite starting only three games. McDonald’s posted three five-plus-sack seasons, the other two coming with both recent NFC champion Seattle teams.
In addition to Ellis having strained multiple foot ligaments, rookie interior defender P.J. Hall was wearing a walking boot at Wednesday’s practice, per Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com (Twitter link). He suffered an injury during the first series of the Raiders’ loss to the Rams.
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