Former Penn football tight end Ryan O’Malley was added to the Oakland Raiders 53-man roster Wednesday, making him the second Penn alum on an active NFL roster.
The move — first reported by Penn Athletics — clears the way for O’Malley to make his NFL debut this Sunday at home vs. San Diego. The Raiders' official roster was changed to reflect the move late Wednesday afternoon.
A spot for O'Malley was opened up Sunday when Lee Smith — the team's top blocking tight end — was placed on injured reserve following a leg injury suffered during Sunday's win over the Baltimore Ravens.
O’Malley was signed by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent after winning an Ivy title with the Quakers in his senior season a year ago. He was a member of the team’s practice squad for the first four weeks of the season, as the Black and Silver jumped out to a quick 3-1 start.
O’Malley will join Brandon Copeland, a Detroit Lions linebacker and 2013 Penn graduate, as ex-Quakers on NFL rosters.
The Daily Pennsylvanian sat down with O’Malley this spring to discuss his Penn career and NFL future.
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