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Raiders work out three inside linebackers, could be bad sign for Nick Roach

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Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

A day after the Raiders claimed outside linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong on waivers from the Rams, they were busy looking to fill the inside linebacker position. According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, the Raiders worked out three linebackers, all of whom are primarily inside linebackers. Those players were Tim Dobbins formerly of the Texans, Steve Beauharnais formerly of the Patriots, and Jamar Chaney formerly of the Eagles.

Dobbins is the most experienced of the three. He played in the league for eight seasons with the Chargers, Dolphins, and Texans, all at inside and middle linebacker. He spent camp with the Falcons this year and made the 'final' 53-man roster before the team signed a free agent and released him prior to the start of the season.

Beauharnais was a seventh round pick by the Patriots in 2013. He appeared in just one game at middle linebacker for the Patriots as a rookie.

Chaney is a four-year veteran, spending the first three seasons with the Eagles where he started all 16 games in 2011 at middle linebacker, compiling 91 tackles (67 solo). He appeared in one game last season for the Falcons.

Regardless of which of these players the Raiders ultimately sign -- if any -- it could signal bad news for Nick Roach. He was not at practice Monday and has missed all four games this season with a concussion he suffered six weeks ago.

The Raiders are realizing Miles Burris is not the answer at middle linebacker and their other option, Kaluka Maiava, was just lost for the season with a hamstring injury.