The Raiders made a move to bolster their struggling pass rush Wednesday by signing proven defensive end Andre Carter, who collected 10 sacks for the Patriots last season.
The Raiders (1-2) had brought Carter in twice before for workouts in training camp and earlier this season before signing him to fill a glaring need.
‘‘I think he’ll be instrumental,’’ said defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who was picked one spot ahead of Carter in the 2001 draft at sixth overall. ‘‘He’s a proven guy in this league. Obviously, it will take some time to get his legs under him, but he’s a guy that’s shown he can rush the passer and I think that will be essential for us.’’
Carter was credited with 51 quarterback pressures by Pro Football Focus in 14 games for the Patriots last season. He tied a New England record with four sacks in a game against the Jets Nov. 13.
But because of the injury, Carter was still looking for a job this season.
‘‘It’s always tough,’’ he said. ‘‘It definitely gives you a different perspective. Here I am trying to train hard and work hard and just get better, and as the season continued to progress and watching Sunday football on the couch with my son . . . I knew God had a plan and I just kept on continuing to be patient and in the end it worked out well.’’
McKnight on defensive
Joe McKnight walked into the Jets’ offensive meeting room and Rex Ryan broke the news to the backup running back. ‘‘He said I’ve been traded,’’ McKnight recalled. ‘‘I was traded to the defense.’’ McKnight will start working ‘‘a ton’’ at cornerback to help offset the loss of All-Pro Darrelle Revis, who’s likely out for the season with a knee injury. McKnight doesn’t sound overly thrilled. ‘‘The way I took it as was I wasn’t good enough to play running back. I don’t know if that’s the case or not, but that’s the way I’m looking at it right now.’’ He did say, however, ‘‘I’m just happy to play right now.’’
Arizona’s Wells on shelf
The Cardinals will be without running back Beanie Wells for at least seven games because of a severe turf toe injury sustained in Sunday’s 27-6 victory over Philadelphia. The team placed Wells on the NFL’s new injured reserve/designated for return list. That allows him to return to practice Nov. 7 and to play in the Cardinals’ home game against the Rams Nov. 25 . . . Bears running back Matt Forte said he’ll “be good to go’’ Monday against the Cowboys after missing a game because of a sprained right ankle. Coach Lovie Smith tempered that a bit, saying Forte still has ‘‘a long ways to go.’’ . . . The Chiefs put center Rodney Hudson on injured reserve with a broken bone in his left leg and signed offensive linemen Russ Hochstein and Bryan Mattison to provide depth . . . Cam Newton downplayed the criticism he received last week from Panthers teammate Steve Smith, saying he and his Pro Bowl receiver are still ‘‘on good terms.’’ Smith told reporters he chided Newton on the sideline last Thursday night for sulking during the closing minutes of Carolina’s 36-7 blowout loss to the Giants. Newton says he didn’t read anything into that, saying he views the 12-year veteran receiver as ‘‘a big brother’’ who’s always giving him advice on football and life . . . Still smarting from last week’s loss at Minnesota, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh had his team practice in the rain in Boardman, Ohio, for Sunday’s game against the Jets in New Jersey . . . A lawyer for Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley requested that the player be allowed to go through a pre-trial diversion program instead of facing a trial in Alabama. Fairley was charged with driving under the influence and attempting to elude police following a May 27 arrest . . . Rams’ first-round draft pick, defensive tackle Michael Brockers, could make his debut this week coming off a high right ankle sprain suffered in the team’s final exhibition game.