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Raiders Release Cribbs And Nine More

By Bess Shapiro



Josh Cribbs was cut by the Oakland Raiders amid a poor preseason. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images.
Josh Cribbs was cut by the Oakland Raiders amid a poor preseason. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images.

The first of many tough decisions before the regular season, the Oakland Raiders released wide receiver and return man Josh Cribbs on Sunday.

The Raiders acquired Cribbs in the off season from the Cleveland Browns hoping to take advantage of his special teams ability. The three-time Pro-Bowler racked up 12,169 career kick- and punt-return yards, making him the sixth player in NFL history to reach the 12,000-yard mark.

Unfortunately, Cribbs wasn’t healthy from the get-go. He had knee surgery in the offseason, and he was reportedly on the bubble from the beginning of preseason. His legendary bursts as a return man were not evident on the field in Oakland’s first two preseason games. In the most recent game against the Chicago Bears, Cribbs fumbled two kickoff returns early in the game leading to his replacement by Jacoby Ford.

In addition to Cribbs, the AP reported that the Raiders released LBs Keenan Clayton and Eric Harper, FB Jon Hoese, WRs Sam McGuffie, Tray Session and Isaiah Williams, OG Andrew Robiskie, CB Cory Nelms and DT Myles Wade.

The Raiders have until Aug. 31 to cut the roster down to 53.