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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders released Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece on Monday after his four-game suspension for violating the leagues policy on performance-enhancing drugs was completed.Reece was suspended late last season and missed the final game of 2015 and the first three this season.With the Raiders running game thriving so far, the team decided it was time to cut ties with its longest-tenured position player.I dont know that the suspension played a big part in the decision, coach Jack Del Rio said.Other than to allow the guys that played, the backfield that we have, were using all those guys and theyre all doing a nice job in the roles that they have. We feel like its a good group and we dont want to disrupt it.Jamize Olawale has filled Reeces role as the fullback and is better suited as a lead blocker than the more versatile Reece.With the additions of rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard for depth behind starter Latavius Murray, there were few available opportunities for another back.Oakland (2-1) is averaging 148.3 yards rushing for the second-best mark in the NFL and a league-leading 5.9 yards per carry through three games.Despite that production, Del Rio said it was a difficult decision to let Reece go.We have a lot of admiration for the young man and a lot respect for what he brought to this organization for a number of years, Del Rio said. We feel like we have a really good group there so were making this decision.Reece was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl last season before the suspension came down.In eight seasons, he had 205 receptions for 2,015 yards with 12 touchdowns. He also ran for 844 yards on 183 carries with three touchdowns.What he has meant to the organization and to me over the past few years is hard to put into words, but his actions, both on and off the field, speak louder than any words can, general manager Reggie McKenzie said. This was a tough decision. Not enough can be said about Marcels commitment to his teammates and his pride in the Raiders, and we wish him and his family nothing but the best.The former college wide receiver who made himself into a successful NFL fullback often was a difficult matchup for opponents and was at times one of the few bright spots on some ineffective Oakland offenses.With his release, there are only three players on the Raiders roster who were brought into the organization by late owner Al Davis, who died in 2011.Kicker Sebastian Janikowski and long snapper Jon Condo pre-dated Reeces arrival in Oakland and special teams standout Taiwan Jones was part of Davis last draft class.Reece usually wore a T-shirt honoring Davis during pregame warmups.Owner Mark Davis, who took over the team after his fathers death, called this a sad day for the Raiders. He also said there will be a place in the organization for Reece after he retires.My father once said that I would have a tough time running this organization because I was too close to the players, and that rings true today, Mark Davis said. Marcel Reece has been a pillar of the organization for nine years and was the glue that held us together during a tough transition after my fathers passing. He helped put us on the upward path we are on today and his leadership will be sorely missed. The motto, `Once a Raider, Always a Raider, has never been more appropriate.Game notes The Raiders still have one open roster spot since they havent filled the 53rd spot created when DL Mario Edwards Jr. was placed on IR three weeks ago. ... Del Rio had no update on the status of RT Menelik Watson, who left Sundays game with a strained calf.---Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Markelle Fultz 76ers Jersey. 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President of baseball operations Larry Beinfest was fired Friday after 12 years with the Marlins. The move came as the team neared the end of its third consecutive last-place season in the NL East. ASHBURN, Va. -- Josh Norman would really like to get some water and sports drink on the sideline, but he and the Washington Redskins defense cant get off the field.No team in the NFL is worse on third down than the Redskins, who are allowing conversions 48 percent of the time. Theyre on pace to have the second-worst third-down defense in the past 15 seasons behind only the 2011 San Diego Chargers.Opponents are even converting on almost 35 percent of third-and-long situations of 10-plus yards. Needing to likely win three of their final four games, beginning Sunday at the Philadelphia Eagles, third-down defensive struggles are the Redskins biggest obstacle to a playoff berth.We go to get off the field, Norman said. Its not magic, not kind of conjuring up a spell. Thats just what it is: You got to get the heck off the field.Defensive coordinator Joe Barry said the Redskins weekly goal is to hold opponents to 35 percent on third down, which only a handful of teams are accomplishing. Even being mediocre on third down could mean a couple of extra victories for Washington (6-5-1), but the trend is worsening as the Arizona Cardinals were 10 of 16 last week.The only stat that matters is the scoreboard and as long as we hold our opponent to one point less than we score, thats the only stat that matters, Barry said Thursday. Every single third down, whether its the first third down of the game or the last third down of the game, those are crucial. Youve got to win the matchup, and right now were not.On the strength of another career season by quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Redskins offense is averaging 25 points and 419 yards a game. The defense is giving up just over 24 points and 369 yards a game, and the frustration is evident.Injuries have played a role, but with an All-Pro cornerback in Norman and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan sitting on 10 sacks, third down shouldnt be such a source of concern. But it is.Its no excuse, Norman said. We got to lock down because on first and second down we kick tail and then come third down you get in those situations, it shouldnt happen. As guys playing the ballgame, weve got tto make it happen regardless of what coaches call.ddddddddddddCoach Jay Gruden cant put the onus on one unit or one element of the defense. Theres plenty of blame to go around.Sometimes its a coverage, sometimes its a rush, Gruden said. We just have got to keep doing a good job with our rush -- being consistent with it and trying to get pressure on the quarterback and make him throw it when hes not ready -- and then our coverage has to be tighter from time to time.Middle linebacker Will Compton said its up to every individual player to take care of his job and execute. He wants himself and teammates to look in the mirror about mistakes when watching the film and adjust accordingly.Veteran defensive lineman Ziggy Hood considers it a matter of technique and inches.If you have a step away, thats the difference between a completion, a batted ball and an interception, Hood said. Its the small stuff that we have to work on, and the great thing is those things you can easily correct. Now, is it going to be that easy to do it? No, as you can see it week by week were last in third downs. The margin of error is real small, and if we dont better ourselves individually, its going to hurt the team in the long run.It is already; the Redskins have lost two in a row despite scoring 26 at Dallas and 23 at Arizona. Yet Hood isnt worried about the psychological effect of struggling on third down.Were going to pick things up, Hood said. I just hope we pick it up on time this week coming up.Game notes Left guard Shawn Lauvao (groin), center Spencer Long (concussion), tackle Ty Nsekhe (ankle), defensive linemen Chris Baker (ankle) and Anthony Lanier (shin) and safety Will Blackmon (concussion) didnt practice for the second consecutive day. ... Gruden said tight end Jordan Reed, who missed the Arizona game with a sprained left shoulder, looks better in practice but the coach has absolutely no idea if hell play.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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