Waterford's Zach Hurd was placed on the waive injured list Tuesday by the Oakland Raiders.
Hurd, sidelined with a "head" injury, according to multiple media reports in the Bay Area, spent most of the 2011 season on the Raiders' practice squad and was offered a free agent contract during the off-season to vie for a roster spot in training camp.
Hurd, a two-time All-Big East offensive guard at UConn, was listed No. 2 on Oakland's depth chart at left tackle before being waived.
The Raiders were forced to make a roster move to get down to 75 players after signing veteran return specialist Roscoe Parrish earlier Tuesday.
Parrish was released Monday by the San Diego Chargers.
According to NFL.com, teams must list players as "waived injured" when a player is injured. In this case, the Raiders must pay Hurd until his injury is healed.
Hurd, however, can negotiate an injury settlement with Oakland during this time, although another team can claim him off waivers despite the injury.
If he is not selected by another team, the Raiders may opt to retain Hurd and place him on the injured reserved list, meaning he would remain with Oakland but not play this season.
- Day Staff Reports