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Raiders cut 21 players to get down to 53

Coach Tom Cable called this year’s roster cuts the most difficult in his four years with the Oakland Raiders. The most noteworthy of 21 initial cuts he made Saturday was defensive end Jay Richardson, who started much of his first two years in the NFL before being relegated to a reserve role last season.

Richardson started 22 games in 2007 and ’08, but had knee surgery in training camp and never was healthy enough to return to the practice field. “I thought there were about four or five decisions in there that were tough,” Cable said.

Center Chris Morris, who started 10 games at center and guard for Oakland in 2009, was among those cut.

The other players let go were wide receivers Todd Watkins and Shaun Bodiford; defensive backs Jerome Boyd, Joe Porter and Joe Thomas; defensive linemen Chris Cooper, Alex Daniels, Grayson Gunheim and William Joseph; fullbacks Luke Lawton and Manase Tonga; linebackers David Nixon and Slade Norris; offensive linemen Alex Parsons and Brandon Rodd; quarterback Colt Brennan; tight end John Owens; and kicker Swayze Waters.

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