Raiders sign backup QB J.T. O’Sullivan

The Oakland Raiders have signed backup quarterback J.T.

O’Sullivan and placed Bruce Gradkowski on season-ending injury

reserve.

The move Thursday comes a day after Gradkowski expressed hope

that he could return from his second shoulder injury before the end

of the season. But Coach Tom Cable says it is unlikely Gradkowski

would have been able to return before then.

O’Sullivan was last on San Diego’s roster before being cut in

October. Oakland plays the Chargers this week.

This is O’Sullivan’s 11th team since being drafted by New

Orleans in 2002. He has played 17 career games, making eight starts

for San Francisco in 2008.