The Houston Oilers, who will play host to the Raiders on Sunday, signed defensive end Sean Jones, a former Raider. Jones, who played for the Oilers the previous three seasons, was signed during the off-season by New England Patriots as a Plan B free agent. He was waived by the Patriots this week. Jones, 28, is starting his eighth year in the NFL.
The Oilers also moved linebacker Johnny Meads and defensive end Lee Williams to the active roster to make them eligible for Sunday’s game. With only one open slot on the roster, however, the Oilers waived rookie defensive tackle David Rocker and placed defensive tackle Jeff Alm on the injured reserve list.
Houston quarterback Warren Moon, who led the NFL by throwing for 4,689 yards last season, was inconsistent during the exhibition season, completing 43 of 74 passes for 542 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions, three of them in a 16-13 exhibition victory over the Rams on Aug. 22.
“The offense was fine against the Rams, the problem was me,” Moon said. “I didn’t get the job done, I wasn’t sharp. I haven’t had a game like that in a long time. Hopefully, I got it out of my system.”
Raider Coach Art Shell said he would wait until game time to decide whether to play guard Max Montoya, who has been bothered by a groin pull. Montoya, who sat out the Raiders’ 17-7 exhibition victory at San Diego last weekend, practiced for the last three days.
Defensive back Elvis Patterson, who suffered a bruised right knee in practice Thursday, said he will probably play Sunday.
The Raiders are 19-12-0 in opening-day games, the best record of any AFC team. They have won their last four season openers dating to a 38-36 loss at Denver in 1986.