By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 at 12:39 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Jeff Garcia was back on the practice field with the Raiders after missing the last two organized activity sessions following the birth of his son.
Tuesday’s session was closed to the media but Garcia was quoted on the Raiders’ Twitter page.
Although it has yet to make its transactions page on the club Web site, the Raiders are confirming the signing of defensive end Greg Ellis, who had 20.5 sacks for the Dallas Cowboys over the past two seasons as a rush linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
Ellis joins a unit which includes Derrick Burgess, Trevor Scott, Jay Richardson, Greyson Gunheim, Derrick Grey, draft picks Matt Shaugnnessy and Stryker Sulak and undrafted free agent Desmond Bryant, who could eventually be a base end or tackle.
Last year’s final 53 roster out of training camp had eight defensive linemen and only four ends _ Burgess, Richardson, Kalimba Edwards and Scott.
Eight linemen was a low figure in part because the Raiders kept seven linebackers out of camp _ starters Thomas Howard, Kirk Morrison and Ricky Brown, and special teamers/backups Isaiah Ekejiuba, Robert Thomas, Jon Alston and Sam Williams.
Wednesday will be the last Raiders practice open to the media until training camp, with players reporting July 29 and the first practice at Napa on July 30.