Romo, Armstrong released

Linebacker Bill Romanowski and defensive end Trace Armstrong have not yet retired as speculated. The Oakland Raiders, however, released both players after having failed their physical.

In other moves, the Raiders resigned offensive lineman Brad Badger and restructured center Barret Robbins' contract.

Romanowski has garnered many headlines over the past seven months but not for good reasons. Romanowski was one of several athletes involved in the investigation of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO, the nutritional supplements lab accused of providing steroids to top sports stars.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that Romanowski was one of seven athletes who received steroids and human growth hormone from BALCO. Romanowski finished last season on injured reserve after several concussions.

In addition, former Raiders teammate Marcus Williams sued Romanowski after being seriously injured when they fought during practice at training camp last summer.

Armstrong finished what has been a hard-luck three-year career with the Raiders. Armstrong signed as a free agent with the Raiders before the 2001 after enjoying a Pro Bowl season as a Miami Dolphin. Armstrong, however, finished all three of his Raider seasons on injured reserve.


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