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Raiders sign special-teams standout Lorenzo Alexander

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Lorenzo Alexander played at Cal and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2012. AP Photo/Kevin Terrell

The Oakland Raiders added former Pro Bowl special-teamer Lorenzo Alexander, bringing him back home.

Alexander, 32, was cut by Arizona on Monday. Alexander, entering his ninth NFL season, made the Pro Bowl in 2012. He is also a backup linebacker. Alexander, who was born in Oakland and went to nearby Cal, gives Oakland another leader and some more help on special teams.

It would be a surprise if Alexander wasn’t on Oakland’s 53-man roster Saturday. Oakland likely wouldn’t have signed the veteran without that plan. Than means there could be two spots for three players – Sio Moore, Ben Heeney and Neiron Ball -- on the 53-man roster if the Raiders keep six linebackers.

Moore, a third-round pick two years ago, was a starter in his two NFL seasons but has fallen behind in his recovery from a hip surgery. Heeney and Ball were both fifth-round picks this year and the team has been impressed by both. To make room for Alexander on the 75-man roster, Oakland cut linebacker Horace Miller.