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Breaking: Raiders make "tough decision" to release Pro Bowl FB Marcel Reece

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On the day Marcel Reece was to come off his suspension, the Raiders dropped a bombshell, releasing the long time veteran fullback.

Even with a roster spot open for his return, the Raiders moved on from Reece after eight years with the organization.

"I want to thank Marcel as a player and as a person for all that he has given to the Oakland Raiders," said General Manager Reggie McKenzie said in a statement. "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. This was a tough decision. Not enough can be said about Marcel's commitment to his teammates and his pride in the Raiders, and we wish him and his family nothing but the best."

Reece had been named to the Pro Bowl the past four seasons with the team, though last season had his Pro Bowl invite pulled due to a violation of the league's illegal substance policy which had him suspended for the final game of last season and the first four games of this season.

Reece has been with the team since 2008 when he signed as an undrafted free agent out of Washington. His first season was spent on the practice squad. Since then he has appeared in 92 games with 67 starts over seven full seasons. His career totals include 205 receptions for 2,015 yards with 12 touchdowns, while also amassing 844 rushing yards on 183 carries with three touchdowns