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Raiders cut running back Roy Helu Jr.

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The Raiders released running back Roy Helu Jr. on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Raiders released running back Roy Helu Jr. on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Raiders announced Tuesday that they’ve released running back Roy Helu Jr., who last week had been placed on injured reserve.

Helu, a product of Danville’s San Ramon Valley High, struggled during his only season in Oakland. He played in just nine games and had only 39 yards on 17 carries, plus another 75 yards on nine receptions.

Helu, who missed most of last year’s training camp with injuries, add offseason surgery on both of his hips that was designed to increase his flexibility.  Continue Reading

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UPDATED: Raiders place Roy Helu Jr. on IR, sign Derrick Lott, Autry to PUP

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Roy Helu Jr. has been placed on injured reserve. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Roy Helu Jr. has been placed on injured reserve. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

NAPA — The Raiders placed running back Roy Helu Jr. on injured reserve, likely ending his career in the Silver and Black.

Helu last week was put on the physically unable to perform list after missing all of the offseason program following surgery on both of his hips. The move to IR takes him off the roster and likely sets the stage for an injury settlement as the Raiders move on from the former San Ramon Valley High star.

Helu had a disappointing one season with the Raiders, managing to play in just nine games and finishing with 39 rushing yards on 17 carries. He’s never been as productive as his rookie year in Washington in 2011, when he combined for 1,019 yards rushing and receiving. Continue Reading

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Raiders training camp roster breakdown: Running backs

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Latavius Murray needs some help from the rest of the Raiders' running backs. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Latavius Murray needs some help from the rest of the Raiders’ running backs. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Our focus turns to running backs for part nine of this 10-part feature breaking down the Raiders’ training camp roster. 

Latavius Murray gave the Raiders their first 1,000-yard running back since Darren McFadden in 2010. But to say the Raiders had an effective running game last season would be inaccurate.

Oakland finished 28th in the league in rushing, with Murray’s 1,066 yards accounting for 73 percent of the Raiders attack. That’s not good. Also not good was that Murray only averaged 3.5 yards per carry over the final five games and 3.6 in the second half of games. Continue Reading

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Vadal Alexander on NFI list, Roy Helu Jr. and Greg Townsend Jr. will start training camp on PUP for Raiders

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Roy Helu Jr. will open training camp on the PUP list. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Roy Helu Jr. will open training camp on the PUP list. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Raiders announced three transactions Monday regarding players who are not ready to practice at the outset of training camp.

Rookie seventh-round draft pick Vadal Alexander (guard) will open on the non-football injury list with an undisclosed condition, while veteran running back Roy Helu Jr. and undrafted free agent defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. will begin on the physically unable to perform list. Continue Reading

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