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Breaking down the final cut

Mentioned Wednesday during the live chat I’d made an educated guess about decisions facing Al Davis and the coaching staff about the Raiders 53-man roster, breaking it down to those who’d made it, those who probably would make it, those on the bubble and those awaiting a pink slip.

For what it’s worth, here’s how I’ve broken it down for Saturday’s deadline heading into tonight’s game against the Seattle Seahawks at the Coliseum, pending late injuries or trades:

LOCKED IN (38)

Quarterbacks (3) _ Jason Campbell, Bruce Gradkowski, Kyle Boller.

Running backs (3)_Michael Bush, Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece.

Wide receivers (4)_Darrius Heyward-Bey, Louis Murphy, Chaz Schilens, Jacoby Ford.

Tight ends (2)_Zach Miller, Brandon Myers.

Offensive line (7)_Mario Henderson, Robert Gallery, Samson Satele, Cooper Carlisle, Langston Walker, Jared Veldheer, Bruce Campbell.

Defensive line (5)_Matt Shaughnessy, Tommy Kelly, Richard Seymour, Lamarr Houston, Desmond Bryant.

Linebackers (4)_Kamerion Wimbley, Rolando McClain, Trevor Scott, Travis Goethel.

Defensive backs (7)_Nnamdi Asomugha, Chris Johnson, Stanford Routt, Tyvon Branch, Michael Huff, Mike Mitchell, Walter McFadden.

Specialists (3)_Shane Lechler, Sebastian Janikowski, Jon Condo.

GOOD CHANCE TO MAKE IT (9)

RB Rock Cartwright
RB Michael Bennett
OT Erik Pears
G-T Khalif Barnes
DE Jay Richardson
DT John Henderson
LB Ricky Brown
S Stevie Brown
CB Jeremy Ware

ON THE BUBBLE (14)

C-G Chris Morris
FB Manase Tonga
WR Johnnie Lee Higgins
WR Nick Miller
WR Todd Watkins
WR Yamon Figurs
TE John Owens
DT William Joseph
LB Thomas Howard
LB Quinton Groves
LB Sam Williams
S Hiram Eugene
S Jerome Boyd
DE Chris Cooper

WAITING FOR RELEASE (13)

PK Swayze Waters
QB Colt Brennan
WR Shaun Bodiford
OL Daniel Loper
OL Alex Parsons
OL Brandon Rodd
DL Greyson Gunheim
DL Kellen Heard
DL Alex Daniels
LB David Nixon
LB Slade Norris
CB Joe Porter
CB Joey Thomas

UNDER SUSPENSION (1)
FB Luke Lawton

Note: Lawton is under suspension for violating the NFL policy against performance enhancing drugs for the first two games of the season and does not count toward the 53-man roster. After his suspension is up, the Raiders can decide whether to activate Lawson at the expense of another player or release him.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer