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Atkinson claimed by Browns, Ball and Cowser to IR

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The Browns claimed George Atkinson III of waivers. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

The Browns claimed George Atkinson III of waivers. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Running back Georger Atkinson III’s series of spectacular preseason plays earned him a spot on the Cleveland Browns roster.

Former Raiders coach Hue Jackson, the new coach of the Browns, will get his hands on Atkinson after Cleveland was awarded a waiver claim on the former Granada High and Notre Dame speedster.

Atkinson spent most of the past two years on the Raiders practice squad, with a brief 2014 stint on the active roster. He had issues with ball security, but had been improving as a player and delivered three electric plays during the exhibition games. He had touchdown runs of 53 and 35 yards in the first preseason game at Arizona and added a 1-yard touchdown run and an 81-yard kick return for a score against Seattle on Thursday. 

But that wasn’t enough to make a dent in the Raiders’ suddenly crowded field of running backs and return options. The team waived him Saturday when it trimmed the roster to 53. He likely would’ve been a candidate for another season on Oakland’s practice squad had he gone unclaimed.

The Raiders didn’t add any players through the waiver process, either because they didn’t place any claims or weren’t awarded any.

Second-year linebacker Neiron Ball and rookie defensive end/linebacker James Cowser both cleared waivers as injured players and were placed on season-ending injured reserve. Ball has been up and down in his recovery from last year’s knee injury and Cowser suffered a concussion against Seattle.

The Raiders also saw cornerback Neiko Thorpe claimed off waivers by Indianapolis. Unlike Atkinson, he did not have practice squad eligibility and was not going to be part of their future anyway.

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    We call it a piss hole.
    Piss hole, piss hole…

  • John Oless

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    Practice squad.

  • Guest123
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    Spectacular beer.

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    What the world are you talking about?!!

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    If you cant see a man who has a controlling spirit that doesn’t line up with the word of God you need to read more scripture.
    Everything he was has been fair warned in the Good Book.
    They even sang a song
    “I am God”

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  • How much to practice players make?

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    Oh yes, the double album One More From the Road skipped after many a replay and spilled beer. The album jacket was good for catching the seeds……..

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    His Catholic upbringing erupts now and then.

  • Juice

    Oh man, I wasn’t sure where you were going with that. Haha!!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Seeds?
    SEEDS?

  • Also, when guys like Ball and Cowser get IR’ed (basically to stash them for next year ala M. King 2 years ago) how do they get compensated? Salary…or ?

  • RAY NJ

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  • Fugazi

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  • R8der4evr

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    Used my frisbees often too

  • x 17..?

    if so 115, 600

    not bad scratch for not doing much…

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    And delusional

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    Physical comedy won’t translate here so use you thinking caps:
    There’s a half-Nelson, a full-Nelson, and here’s a Father Nelson……

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  • Fugazi

    They run the opposing teams offense and defense during the weekly practices

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    Paid contract right?

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    Like Scotch on the rocks?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Ehhh, The guys that don’t make it that far work their asses off.

  • Guest123

    They will probably get an IR settlement and wouldn’t be surprised if waived outright particularly in Ball’s case

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    a price I’m willing to pay…

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    you got me.
    Not sure.

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    Stuff went for $5, 10, 20, and 40.
    Mostly nickels and dimes.

  • R8RCatDave

    I’m a bad Scot in that regard, bourbon, whiskey, but not scotch

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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I wouldn’t know.
    Never touched it, let alone buy or sell it…

  • RAY NJ

    Can’t be…long gone. But it was fun.

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    Always ordered the weirdest thing on the menu, but that time in Edinburgh it got him

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    10-6 minimum, or fire them all.

  • Raider Bren

    Uh oh, another bible guy?

  • R8der4evr

    Used to drink scotch often
    Not so much anymore

  • BroJackson34

    It’s where you realize as much as I’ve watched football, I will never know as much as those coaches. I thought Cowser looked really good. lol

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  • Juice

    I keep looking at the schedule and i can’t decide if I want to say 9-7 or 10-6. Last year I predicted 7-9 but I said this season we would do damage and make the playoffs. Unfortunately I’m not so sure.

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  • BroJackson34

    I’d be the equipment guy for the year if I git paid to practice or whatever. lol

  • Juice

    He did flash in that last game.