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The Raiders have waived/injured 2017 second-round pick Obi Melifonwu as a corresponding move to signing veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

Melifonwu had battled injuries since being drafted, playing only five games as a rookie and missing the last couple weeks of this preseason. He spent 10 weeks on injured reserve due to knee and hip injuries last season. Jon Gruden has repeatedly said that Melifonwu was being evaluated, but never providing a concrete timetable for his return.

On Monday, Gruden was asked if he had an idea of where Melifonwu stood in that evaluation. “No, I don’t,” Gruden said. “He’s still being evaluated.”

Melifonwu received first-team reps early in camp with Karl Joseph, Marcus Gilchrist and Erik Harris missing practice due to injury, but hadn’t practiced since then. He was likely to find himself on the bottom of the safety depth chart, anyway, with Joseph, Gilchrist, Harris and Reggie Nelson all above him.

Melifonwu came to the Raiders with the 56th overall pick last year as someone Jack Del Rio thought could play a multitude of position. Melifonwu played safety, guarded tight ends in the slot and even started at cornerback against the Patriots in Mexico City last season. That backfired, when he was burned over the top by Brandin Cooks for a 64-yard touchdown that blew the game wide open to start the second half.

Now Gruden has seen enough.

Melifonwu’s 2018 salary is guaranteed, and the Raiders will take a salary cap hit of over $1.73 million if another team doesn’t claim Melifonwu on waivers since he’d then head to Oakland’s IR list.

Rodgers-Cromartie will wear No. 36, and cornerback Daryl Worley will take Melifonwu’s No. 20.

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