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Raiders cut QB Garcia, DT Sands

Updated: September 5, 2009, 8:36 PM ET
Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Quarterback Jeff Garcia, who was signed by the Oakland Raiders in the offseason to push JaMarcus Russell and serve as a mentor to the former No. 1 overall draft pick, was among 22 players let go by the Raiders on Saturday.

The decision to release Garcia means Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye will head into the regular season as Russell's backups.

Garcia, who has 116 starts in 10 NFL seasons, signed a one-year contract with Oakland in April and acknowledged then ...

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