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Raiders' Ben Heeney: Stamped with non-football injury label
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heeney (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Tuesday, Jimmy Durkin of the Mercury News reports.

Heeney spent 12 games on injured reserve last season due to a torn ligament in his ankle. In the four games he did play, he recorded 15 tackles. When he is healthy again, he should be the favorite to win the middle linebacker job in Oakland with only Cory James and 2017 fifth-round pick Marquel Lee to compete with. Keep an eye out for the talented linebacker's recovery as he heads into his third season.

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Raiders' Cooper Helfet: Given non-football injury designation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Helfet (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Tuesday, Jimmy Durkin of the Mercury News reports.

Helfet needed surgery after breaking his foot in the first week of the 2016 preseason, when he was waived/injured by the Seahawks. His last NFL action came in 2015, where he played 14 games and caught 13 balls on 22 targets for 130 yards and zero touchdowns. The timeline for Helfet's return is murky due to the lack of transparency on the nature of the injury. With tight end Jared Cook ahead of Helfet in the depth chart and receivers like Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree on the field as well, don't expect quarterback Derek Carr to give Helfet much attention when he's healthy.

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Raiders' Shilique Calhoun: Bulks up in offseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Calhoun is about 20 pounds heavier than he was at the end of 2016, Eddie Paskal of the Raiders' official site reports.

After rehabbing the knee injury that caused him to finish his rookie season on injured reserve, Calhoun -- who checked in at 251 pounds at the 2016 NFL Combine -- looks to have taken full advantage of the Raiders' offseason workout program and likely weighs around 270 pounds at this juncture. It'll be interesting to see if the added weight will aid him in his competition with Jelani Jenkins to secure the starting outside linebacker gig opposite Bruce Irvin, but in any event the second-year Michigan State product at least appears in line for a significant role within the Raiders' linebacking corps this season and should have a great chance to improve upon his nine total tackles from 2016.

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Raiders' Kareem Are: Signs with Oakland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Are signed a contract with the Raiders on Friday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Are, who went undrafted out of Florida State this offseason, practiced with the Raiders on a tryout basis earlier in the spring. He's now set to report to training camp with the rest of Oakland's rookie crop on July 24 before full-team practices begin July 29, when the 23-year-old will need to prove his worth as a reserve lineman in order to make the 53-man roster come September.

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Raiders' John Crockett: Signs deal with Oakland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Crockett (shoulder) signed with the Raiders on Friday.

Crockett joins Oakland after spending his first two years with the Packers. Although the undrafted tailback rushed nine times for 21 yards as a rookie, he spent the entirety of last season on Green Bay's injured/reserve list. The former North Dakota State standout will now hope to latch on with the Raiders by impressing during training camp.

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