Jay Richardson on IR

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 13: Defensive end Jay Richardson #98 of the Oakland Raiders sacks quarterback Jon Kitna #3 of the Dallas Cowboys after a bad snap during the preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 13, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

According to Vittorio Tafur, the initial announcement of Jay Richardson’s release has been overruled as the Raiders decided to place Richardson on the IR list. Richardson has started 22 games in three years for the Raiders and the move to cut him left some folks, myself included,scratching their heads.

According to Raiders.com, DE Alex Daniels and CB Joey Thomas will join the list as well. Currently, the Raiders already have QB Charlie Frye and WR Jonathan Holland on IR for the season.

But for Richardson, it could still mark the end of the road with the Raiders. He was penciled in to make $550 K this year, but would be a free agent at the end of the season. Still, I see no plausible reason why the Raiders wouldn’t let Richardson just get healthy and come back next year at 100 percent and give him another try with a 75-man roster throughout most of training camp.

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