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Raiders release Kaluka Maiava from injured reserve

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The Raiders made a move today, cutting ties with oft injured linebacker, Kaluka Maiava from their injured reserve. Maiava had gone down with a hamstring injury in week four in London against the Dolphins.

The sixth year linebacker signed a three-year, $6 million contract with the Raiders prior to the 2013 season. In two seasons with the Raiders, he appeared in 13 games with 3 starts. He appeared in nine games in 2013 before being lost to a rib injury that landed him on injured reserve.

Maiava was originally a fourth round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns out of USC. He spent four seasons in Cleveland, mostly in a reserve role, but following a season where he appeared in 16 games, starting 13 of them, he became one of the few affordable free agent signings by the Raiders the following off-season.

He was supposed to be the back-up middle linebacker this season, but after missing some of training camp, also with a hamstring injury, the team ultimately went with Miles Burris as the starting middle linebacker. Now it appears Maiava's time in Oakland is done.