Raiders add young D-lineman

The Oakland Raiders made an interesting move on their defensive line.

Oakland signed former New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Alford. He was once promising player, who had a huge sack of Tom Brady in the Super Bowl in 2008. However, Alford was out all of last year with a torn ACL. The third-round pick in 2007 was trying to come back this year, but he couldn’t survive in a tight competition on the defensive line.

Alford reunites with former New York defensive line coach Mike Waufle in Oakland. He will likely be a rotation player.

Meanwhile, in the AFC West, Denver rookie Demaryius Thomas is hopeful he will be able to play Sunday at Jacksonville. He has been hampered by a foot injury for more than six months. There are no assurances the foot will hold up for an entire game Sunday because he has had several setbacks.

The NFL PA is reportedly seeking a hearing on whether holdout San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson will have to sit out an additional three games after his current NFL three-game suspension. He is facing the additional three-game wait because San Diego put him on the roster exempt list. Still, there is no end of the holdout in sight.

There is some, not a lot, but some Super Bowl love here for the Chargers.