Raiders release Dunn

At a time of the season when there is little margin for error, David Dunn found out the hard way and paid the ultimate price. Silver and Black Illustrated has learned that Dunn was placed on waivers by the Raiders on Tuesday, less than 48 hours after his muffed punt return in overtime set up the Arizona Cardinals for a game-winning field goal.

Oakland head coach Jon Gruden had hinted that such a move was a possibility at his weekly press conference Monday. At the time, Gruden said that Dunn would no longer be returning punts. That left Dunn as the Raiders' fourth receiver with no other special teams duties, a position that left his roster spot in a precarious spot. Neither Gruden nor Dunn could be reached for comment. With Dunn no longer a member of the team, the Raiders punt return job falls into the hands of Tim Brown. Brown, Oakland's career-leader in punt return yardage, has only been used sporadically the past few seasons as a return man, but he began splitting time with Dunn earlier this year after Dunn's fumbling problems began. But Brown has yet to actually return a kick this year. Of the nine punts he's received, Brown has had to fair catch each one. Part of that has been because of the situation but mostly it's been because Gruden has set down rigid restrictions on Brown, primarily because he doesn't want to jeopardize losing one of Oakland's top offensive weapons. Gruden said Monday those restrictions will continue to some extent. ''He'll have some restrictions,'' Gruden said. ''But we're going to get it going in that phase of our football. We've got to prove it. That's where we're headed.'' In other Raider news, linebacker Josh Parry was released from the practice squad. Parry had just signed with the team last week. That leaves Oakland with two vacant roster spots, one on the 53-man roster and one on the practice squad. Former Raider quarterback Scott Dreisbach was signed by the Detroit Lions. Dreisbach had been on the Buffalo Bills practice squad when he was picked up by the 0-11 Lions.

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