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Raiders release Cooper Carlisle and John Henderson

John Henderson

Oakland Raiders defensive tackle John Henderson, left, has his helmet adjusted during NFL football training camp in Napa, Calif., Saturday, July 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)


The Oakland Raiders announced Wednesday that they have released guard Cooper Carlisle and defensive tackle John Henderson. Combined, the moves clear $7 million in salary off the Raiders’ 2012 books.

Henderson was released with the “failed physical” designation after played through knee woes in 2011. He was owed $4 million in salary. Henderson is 32 years old.

Carlisle is going on age 35 and was due $3 million.

These are the kinds of players with which new G.M. Reggie McKenzie is aggressively looking to part.