Cutting Harris leaves Raiders with no safety net

Cutting linebackers Greg Biekert and Mike Jones, the one-time Super Bowl hero who now will likely retire, were hardly surprise moves. Releasing Johnnie Harris was, though, as it leaves the Raiders with only three safeties on their 53-man roster, one of whom is injured.

Harris started seven games in four years with Oakland including the final four at free safety last year when starter Marquez Pope was benched. Though he wasn't likely to beat out former first-round pick Derrick Gibson for the strong safety job this year, Harris was expected to be a key back-up in much a similar role he filled the last two seasons.

Anthony Dorsett did not play in the Raiders final two preseason games, nursing a ..... He is improving but is still listed as questionable to play in Oakland's season-opener against Seattle on Sunday. That leaves precious little depth behind starters Gibson and Rod Woodson. Eric Johnson, who played safety last year before moving to linebacker this year, is the only other player on Oakland's roster with any NFL experience at the position.

''W'ere a little thin right now,'' said Oakland head coach Bill Callahan. ''But we're feel comfortable if EJ went back and had to give us some snaps.


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