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September 1, 2012
Stupar among four signed to Raiders' practice squad

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen noted to reporters Friday that, during the previous day's preseason loss to Seattle, rookie linebacker Nathan Stupar "played and acted like he wanted to try to get a spot on this roster." Stupar didn't survive the 53-man roster cuts, but he was one of the first players the Raiders signed to their practice squad.

The Raiders began building their eight-player practice squad today by announcing the signing of four players whom they cut yesterday. They are Stupar, linebacker Kaelin Burnett and receivers Brandon Carswell and Travionte Session.

Stupar, the lone Raiders draft pick who didn't make the 53-man roster, had 11 tackles and a sack against the Seahawks to end his first training camp on a high note. He was behind Rolando McClain and Travis Goethel at middle linebacker, though, and with the Raiders keeping just five linebackers on the active roster yesterday Stupar was left off.

With only three outside linebackers on the active roster right now -- Miles Burris, Philip Wheeler and Carl Ihenacho -- the Raiders added Burnett to the practice squad. Burnett, Carswell and Session were all undrafted free agents.

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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