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Raiders cut Lee, put Spencer on IR to make room for Bartell, Stewart

The Raiders cut starting cornerback Pat Lee and placed cornerback Shawntae Spencer on injured reserve Saturday to make room for cornerback Ron Bartell and running back Jeremy Stewart on the 53-man roster.

Lee started seven games, moving into the starting lineup in Week 2 after Bartell (broken shoulder blade) and Spencer (foot sprain) were lost in the first two games of the season. Lee had his first career interception in the Raiders’ 26-16 Week 8 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Although Raiders coach Dennis Allen said recently there had been no setbacks regarding Spencer, he did say the healing process was taking longer than anticipated. Spencer, who signed a one-year contract last offseason, is out the remainder of the season and played in just two games.

The moves suggest Michael Huff, moved to cornerback in Week 3, will be there the rest of the season, starting opposite Bartell, with Matt Giordano the starting free safety.

Oakland’s other cornerbacks are Brandian Ross, Phillip Adams and Coye Francies, all of whom have more extensive roles on special teams than Lee.

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  • http://www.raiders.com KoolKell

    Zymurge Says:
    November 10th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    stablersbeard Says:
    November 10th, 2012 at 9:28 am
    Twinkle Says:
    November 10th, 2012 at 9:18 am
    but lest we forget….who it was that employed him…
    and who it was that employed the one that employed him.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I’m kind of an optimist. I’m hoping that it’s a case of an otherwise talented rookie head coach making the mistake of going with a guy he’s familiar with. And that Reggie made the mistake of letting out too much leash with the rookie head coach.
    I’m not ready to throw in the towel on either of them yet.
    If they don’t make the obviously needed changes going forward, my opinion will change.

    =====

    Glad to see this sort of levelheadedness still exists. Coming into this season, look what was stacked against the team:
    - First season minus the owner that defined the team for decades
    - Rookie GM, learning on the job what that job is
    - Rookie HC, with even minimal coordinator experience, and having a huge learning curve
    - Rookie DC, not even coming directly from an NFL job
    - Hosed salary cap and contract situations, causing the team to lose people it would have wanted to keep and keep some that they’d prefer not to at high costs
    - No draft picks in the top 4 rounds to start the rebuilding process

    That’s a seriously stacked deck! Really, looking back then what were realistic expectations? 2 wins, maybe 3? For me, at that point (and still today) I would gladly trade a horrible, 2 win season in order to make this team better for years to come. What does one year buy?

    - All of those rookies at GM and coaching positions get that critical first year under their belt. That’s the year when they will make a majority of their worst mistakes as they learn.
    - Fixing some of the most egregious issues with the cap from 2013 forward, at the expense of front loading into 2012.
    - An establishment of the new team identity after the years AD (after Al’s passing)
    - The start of the era of Reggie’s guys making a name for themselves on the roster, like Burris, Briesl and Streater
    - They found themselves a legitimate top 10 capable QB in today’s pass first era that should have a few more years left in him to build around (assuming they can fix his contract for the next few years)

    So in my mind, this team is already outperforming where my 2012 expectations were, sitting on 3 wins halfway through the season. If they pick up a few more before it’s over, that’s gravy in my book.

    The problem is, with the last decade of frustration, a lot of Raider fans have little patience left. Once they saw potential this year, expectations shot way up again. I say that was fairly unrealistic considering all of the rebuilding going on, but it is what it is.

    For me, I’m going to continue enjoying watching the development of the team and not be overly concerned with wins and losses for the rest of the season. I’ll celebrate the progress where it is made and blog helplessly about what I think needs to change over time. That’s how I choose to spend my fan currency.
    ===========================================
    “We are going to just wait until next year. This is a recording.”
    The mantra of losers. Yes, I bagged on Al Davis for years, but I now realize Al was ahead of his time, and revolutionary in his actions. His decisions now appear to be spot on, with the exception of a few FA signings.

    Now we are reduced to Wait until next Year.
    LOSERS!!

  • Raiders for life

    Cork is one hungover mthr fckr.
    Can’t even get the RB’s name right.

  • Maxzombie

    The title mentions someone named Stephens then there is no mention of hi
    In the article

  • Maxzombie

    He must of meant Jeremy Spencer. Rookie mistake Cork!

  • Autumn Rising

    ‘- The start of the era of Reggie’s guys making a name for themselves on the roster, like Burris, Briesl and Streater’
    ——————————————————–
    Brisiel is the worst FA pickup of the year. The fu**ed part is that he’s the one player that we signed for multiple years. Hope he was another one of the failed Knapp / Pollack experiment and Reggie’s hands are relatively clean of this severe hit and miss. I sincerely hope Reggie realizes his mistakes and cleans house on offense, starting with Knapp, Brisiel, Carlisle, Smith, Pollack (bring back Wylie, not gonna happen but it should). Blows my mind that our strongest attributes from last year – Oline and running game – became our achilles heel overnight.

  • Autumn Rising

    ‘- The start of the era of Reggie’s guys making a name for themselves on the roster, like Burris, Briesl and Streater’
    ——————————————————–
    Brisiel is the worst FA pickup of the year. The fu**ed part is that he’s the one player that we signed for multiple years. Hope he was another one of the failed Knapp / Pollack experiment and Reggie’s hands are relatively clean of this severe hit and miss. I sincerely hope Reggie realizes his mistakes and cleans house on offense, starting with Knapp, Brisiel, Carlisle, Smith, Pollack (bring back Wylie, not gonna happen but it should). Blows my mind that our strongest attributes from last year – Oline and running game – became our achilles heel overnight.

  • Twinkle

    Priesttj12….as much as I respect your opinion I just do not envision a very large WR with the softest hands I
    have ever seen have the instinct at the LOS to avoid the
    catastrophe that awaits those don’t have it.His blocking
    at the LOS is nowhere near the level it is down field on
    DB’s and LB’s……course we have our best wideout at
    FB for some reason.Tampa’s Dline was very very big fast
    and effective and our Oline did great holding em for as long as they did.We did have 10 at the line most of the second half and our WR’s were running routes while our QB was trying his best to keep a play alive instead of turning back to help.
    Somehow I think Tom had a little more to work with in
    Bo,Marcus,Steve Smith,Eric Dickerson et al.

  • Twinkle

    Great post Kell!!!!Don’t agree with all of it but then again I don’t have to.Great Post.

  • Raidernationdave

    Bring back Burnt Toast!!!!!

  • papertiger418

    Just read on PFT that Terrell Williams, our d-line coach, just lost his 4 yr old son, Tyson, to an unexpected illness today.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/10/raiders-assistant-coach-terrell-williams-4-year-old-son-dies/

    Thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.