Raiders part ways with veteran Treu

Adam Treu will best be remembered for stepping into the Raiders' starting lineup and filling in for center Barret Robbins when Robbins went AWOL on the eve of Super Bowl XXXVII.

On Tuesday, Treu's relationship with the team came to an end when Oakland announced it had released the veteran offensive lineman.

A third-round draft pick in 1997 who played in 155 consecutive games before a torn quad muscle ended his 2006 season prematurely, Treu spent much of his time in the NFL as the Raiders' long-snapper. His work on special teams became so valuable that the team rarely used him on the offensive line.

His appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII came as a surprise to many, including himself. He had prepared all week to work as a back-up to Robbins, but on the night before the game, Robbins went missing and was subsequently suspended by then-head coach Bill Callahan. Oakland's coaching staff and Treu's teammates later lauded the former Nebraska player for playing well despite the circumstances.

The release of Treu could mean that the Raiders are convinced veteran Jeremy Newberry is healthy enough to play. Newberry, a former Pro Bowl center who signed with Oakland in the offseason, has not played a full season since 2003.

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