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Raiders release RB Trent Richardson, WR Kenbrell Thompkins

Trent Richardson's once promising NFL career took another major hit when the Oakland Raiders cut him.

The team officially announced the move Tuesday, when the the league-mandated deadline for teams to cut their rosters to 75 players occurred.

Oakland gave Richardson $600,000 in guaranteed money this offseason after Indianapolis cut him. He missed the first portion of the Raiders' training camp because he was dealing with pneumonia. He didn't run well this preseason, finishing with 19 yards on five carries in a 30-23 loss to Arizona on Sunday.

A former Alabama running back, Richardson, 25, was the No. 3 overall draft pick by Cleveland in 2012. He was traded a year later to the Colts for a first-round pick. In three NFL seasons he has averaged 3.3 yards per carry.

Richardson's release might have opened the door for undrafted rookie Michael Dyer, a former Auburn and Louisville standout who has looked better than Richardson this summer.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins also was among the team's cuts.

The Raiders have a glut of receivers. Thompkins' release could be good news for Brice Butler; Andre Holmes, who is out for another week or two with a broken hand; and Seth Roberts. Thompkins had 15 catches in 12 games with Oakland after being claimed on waivers from New England.

The Raiders also waiveed quarterback Cody Fajardo, an undrafted free agent from Nevada who wasn't getting much work this summer.

In another move, Oakland released undrafted rookie wide receiver Josh Harper, who was a teammate of Raiders starting quarterback Derek Carr at Fresno State.