The contract of fullback Luke Lawton was terminated Monday after he was reinstated by the NFL following a four-game suspension for violating the league policy on performance enhancing drugs.
Lawton missed the final two games of the 2009 season and the first two games of the 2010 season on suspension. He went to training camp with the team in Napa.
Marcel Reece has emerged as the starting fullback in Lawton’s absence and Manase Tonga is currently on the practice squad.
Asked at the end of his press briefing if the Raiders had to make a decision on Lawton this week, coach Tom Cable said, “I believe we do this week but I have not had a lot of thought on that. Those would be administrative issues that will be next this afternoon.”
Lawton’s name around that time was showing up on the NFL wire as having his contract terminated after reinstatement.