Raiders Struggle Against Niners, Cut Veteran Fullback

A.J. DeMelloCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 13:  Fullback Lorenzo Neal #41 of the Oakland Raiders is tackled by Anthony Spencer #93 of the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter during the preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 13, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The Raiders never cease to amaze, do they? Today they brought back safety Rashad Baker, who was recently cut from the Eagles. The main reason for bringing back Baker was due to Mitchell's hamstring injury, which is up in the air. But who is Baker replacing? Not a long shot player to make the team such as receiver Will Franklin or defensive back Jason Horton, but veteran all-pro fullback Lorenzo Neal who was apparently expendable.

Tell that to the Raider Nation, who was hoping the Raiders wanted what they had foreseen; a two man fullback power rotation that could have started their maul on Monday Night Football against Neal's former team the Chargers...

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