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Raiders chop several to arrive at 53

In order to track down the Raiders’ roster cuts, we’ve enlisted the Twitter accounts of Jerry McDonald (Oakland Tribune) and Vittorio Tafur (San Francisco Chronicle).

Here they are, for the annual AFC bottom dwellers:

Defensive end Jay Richardson
Fullback Luke Lawton
Offensive lineman Chris Morris
Quarterback Colt Brennan
Fullback Manase Tonga
Wide receiver Shaun Bodiford
Wide receiver Todd Watkins
Tight end John Owens
Defensive end Greyson Gunheim
Offensive guard Brandon Rodd
Offensive guard Alex Parsons
Defensive end Kellen Heard
Defensive end Alex Daniels
Defensive tackle Chris Cooper
Linebacker David Nixon
Linebacker Slade Norris
Cornerback Walter McFadden (thought to be waived/injured)
Cornerback Joe Porter
Cornerback Joey Thomas
Punter Swayze Waters

UPDATE: Walter McFadden made the team.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter also passes along word that the Raiders “listened to offers” Saturday for linebacker Thomas Howard and cornerback Chris Johnson, yet didn’t pull the trigger. Howard is a nickel ‘backer. Johnson has lost his starting job to Stanford Routt.

In addition, the Raiders have announced that 6-foot-8 rookie Jared Veldheer will be his starting center. So Oakland may rack up double-digit losses again, but at least Al Davis can boast that he has the tallest center in football.