The Oakland Raiders have signed Loper in a move that adds depth to their offensive line. The team announced the move Friday. Loper spent last season with Detroit, where he started five games for the Lions. He played the previous four years with Tennessee. He appeared in 40 games for the Titans, but did not make a start.|||||||
Loper will be asked to help protect new quarterback Jason Campbell. Brandon Rodd had been the only true guard backing up Robert Gallery and Cooper Carlisle before the move. The Raiders have several other linemen capable of playing guard, including rookie tackle Bruce Campbell, veteran tackle Khalif Barnes and center Chris Morris.
The Detroit Lions have agreed to contract terms with free-agent offensive lineman Loper.|||||||
The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Loper played in 40 games for Tennessee after the Titans drafted him in 2005 out of Texas Tech. In Detroit, he will rejoin former Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who is now the Lions' head coach.
Loper suffered a lacerated spleen in the Titans' 37-7 loss to Jacksonville on Sunday. He was taken to the hospital and placed on injured reserve.|||||||