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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Raiders place promising rookie on IR

By Bill Williamson

The Oakland Raiders got down to the 75-man roster limit Tuesday, but not without some pain.

The Raiders put rookie running back Latavius Murray on the injured reserve list. The team had said he had a minor ankle injury. Earlier in the offseason, it appeared as if Murray would have a chance to be Darren McFadden’s primary backup with a chance to be a major contributor. The sixth-round draft pick from Central Florida is big, fast and skilled.

Yet, he will have to wait a year to try to make an impact. Rashad Jennings will remain McFadden’s backup.

Oakland also placed reserve cornerback Joselio Hanson on injured reserve. He was decent in backup role last year.

Linebacker Miles Burris was placed on the physically unable to perform list. He has been out all offseason. Burris, a rookie starter last year, has fallen out of the starting mix, at least for now. But he will miss at least the first six games of the season.

Oakland signed kicker Justin Medlock just so it can give Sebastian Janikowski a rest Thursday at Seattle. Cornerback Mitchell White was cut.

Seattle cut cornerback Will Blackmon. He was in Green Bay with Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie and Oakland safety Charles Woodson. The Raiders could always use veteran experience, especially with Hanson out. I wouldn’t be shocked if Oakland considers Blackmon.

Starting receiver Rod Streater is practicing Tuesday. He suffered a concussion Friday against Chicago.