Coming into the season, everyone thought the man leading the halfback trio was going to be second year fullback Oren O'neal. When the Raiders signed Lorenzo Neal, the focus shifted to the idea that maybe Oren hadn't fully recovered from his season ending knee injury last year. Ultimately, Lorenzo Neal suffered an injury that forced him to retire. It was reported that if he felt he could play again, he wanted to be a Raider again. Coming into the season, the Raiders were faced with a dilemna in the backfield. 53 roster spots, and too many goodárunning backs. Gary Russell had led the team in preseason rushing, with 28 carries for 158 yards. Second year halfback Louis Rankin was making a name for himself with fans, after breaking some explosive running plays during the preseason. The Raiders ...
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