Las Vegas Raiders waive former Edmonton DE Nick Usher with injury designation

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The Las Vegas Raiders have waived former Edmonton defensive end  Nick Usher with an injury designation in order to make room for the signing of free agent defensive lineman Chris Smith.

Usher had been signed by Las Vegas in January following workouts with the Raiders, Dolphins and Chargers.

Usher made 36 tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles for Edmonton during the 2019 season. The 24-year-old pass rusher was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2017. He was released prior to training camp, worked out for the Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots and inked a pact with the Pats.

He registered five tackles in one pre-season game, but New England released Usher among the final roster cuts. Usher joined Edmonton’s practice roster that October and played eight games in 2018 making seven tackles, three special teams stops, one sack and forced one fumble.

The Los Angeles native played in the NCAA for the University of Texas at El Paso. Usher suited up in 45 games for the Miners posting 178 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, three knockdowns, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. 10 teams attended the UTEP pro day where Usher ran a 4.69 40-yard time, 4.57 shuttle, 7.50 three-cone, 31-inch vertical, 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump and did 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Due to his non-vested status, Usher must clear waivers before the Raiders can place him on injured reserve or part ways with him via an injury settlement. That means all NFL teams will have a chance to claim the former member of the Green and Gold before he hits the open market.