NFL cuts roundup: Aug. 25

Updated: August 25, 2008, 8:44 PM ET
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RAIDERS' COOPER WAIVED, WILL RETIRE (7:19 p.m. ET)
Oakland safety Jarrod Cooper was waived on Monday and intends to retire, one of a flurry of moves the Raiders made to deal with injuries and an upcoming deadline for roster cuts.

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Oakland also waived linebacker Grant Irons and defensive end Greg Spires, and placed receiver Drew Carter, fullback Oren O'Neal and cornerback John Bowie on injured reserve with season-ending injuries. The Raiders also claimed fullback Luke Lawton off waivers and signed safety Marviel Underwood.

The Raiders reduced their roster to 76 players, plus international practice squad player Mauricio Lopez, who does not count against roster limits. Oakland needs to be down to 75 players by Tuesday, and then the final cut to 53 comes Saturday. Defensive back Nate Lyles, an undrafted free agent out of Virginia, was in camp for a tryout Monday.

Cooper had been a valuable special-teams player in 3 seasons in Oakland, but had fallen behind rookie Tyvon Branch.

Carter and O'Neal both went down with devastating knee injuries in the first quarter of Saturday's exhibition loss to Arizona. Bowie did not play at all this preseason due to a knee injury, the latest setback for the player acquired in the Randy Moss deal a year ago.
-- The Associated Press

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BRONCOS CUT PARKER (3:59 p.m. ET)
The Denver Broncos released wide receiver Samie Parker and defensive tackle Josh Mallard in their first round of cuts on Monday.

Parker joined the team on April 15 after spending his first four seasons with Kansas City. He was one of three free agents brought in to bolster the receiving corps but he never displayed the deep-play ability the team was looking for.

Mallard, a fifth-year pro, played eight games with the Broncos last season after joining the team as a free agent on Nov. 6.

The Broncos also released receiver Lorne Sam, an undrafted free agent from Texas-El Paso.
-- The Associated Press

POPE SURPRISE VIKINGS CUT (1:59 p.m. ET)
The Minnesota Vikings' most notable roster move Monday was releasing veteran linebacker Derrick Pope. To this point, it had appeared Pope would be the top backup at all three linebacker positions.

Instead, Pope was among four players released to get the Vikings to the 75-man roster limit, according to Vikings.com.

The Vikings' starting linebacker situation is set with Ben Leber and Chad Greenway on the outside and E.J. Henderson in the middle. They likely will keep five or six linebackers on their final roster, meaning they could cull two or three reserves from this list: Vinny Ciurciu, Rufus Alexander, David Herron, J Leman and Erin Henderson.

Ciurciu and Leman can play middle linebacker, while Alexander, Herron and Henderson primarily work on the outside. The Vikings also could find depth on the free-agent market after the final round of cuts next weekend.
-- Kevin Seifert, ESPN.com

BLOOM AMONG STEELERS CUTS (1:39 p.m. ET)
The Pittsburgh Steelers made four roster moves Monday in anticipation of this week's roster cuts.

Pittsburgh released receiver Jeremy Bloom, quarterback Mike Potts and defensive lineman Martavius Prince. The Steelers also placed punter Daniel Sepulveda (knee), who is out for the season, on the reserve/injured list.

The Steelers currently have 76 active players on their roster, not including international program player Marvin Allen. They need to make one more roster cut before Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline.
-- James Walker, ESPN.com

RUNNING BACK CAN'T CUT IT IN GREEN BAY (1:28 p.m. ET)
Despite cracking the starting lineup for four games as a rookie last season, running back DeShawn Wynn was among four players who were cut by the Packers on Monday.

The moves allowed Green Bay to reach the 75-player limit a day before the deadline. The cut to 53 players has to be made by Saturday.

Defensive tackle Justin Harrell, the Packers' first-round pick in 2007, was placed on the physically unable to perform list. Also, fullback Ryan Powdrell, wide receiver Chris Francies and offensive lineman Ryan Considine were cut by the team.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wynn missed a total of nine practices and two preseason games because of a concussion and ankle injuries. In his four starts last season, he led Green Bay with 50 carries for 203 yards and four touchdowns. He later was put on IR because of a shoulder injury.

COWBOYS DOWNSIZE ROSTER TO 75 (12:50 p.m. ET)
The Dallas Cowboys released four players and reached an injury settlement with fullback Ronnie Cruz to reach the 75-player limit.

Cruz, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury, played 19 games with Kansas City in 2005 and '06. He was released by the Chiefs during training camp last year while recovering from a knee injury.

The players released were cornerback Quincy Butler, quarterback Jeff Terrell and a pair of rookie free agents, punter Jay Ottovegio and receiver Daniel Polk.

Butler, who spent the past two seasons on the Cowboys' practice squad, had been dealing with a hamstring injury throughout camp.
-- The Associated Press