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Raiders waive former 5th round pick Neiron Ball, two others

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The hopes for Neiron Ball in Oakland appear to be over. After two injury plagued seasons with the Raiders, the former fifth round pick was waived Friday with a non-football injury designation.

Ball was a very talented player coming out of Florida in 2015 but he fell to the fifth round due to a history of injuries. Six games into his rookie season, those injuries cropped up again and he has not seen the field since. Initially it was a knee injury. The injury that placed in on IR last season was not disclosed.

In his small sample of work as a rookie, many thought he could be the answer to the Raiders’ problems covering the tight end. The 6-3, 230-pound linebacker played very well in coverage and had plenty of athleticism to keep up with most any NFL tight end. Leading many fans to wonder what might have been.

Also waived were linebacker Andy Mulumba and long snapper Anthony Kukwa. Both were added to the team this offseason. Mulumba as a reserve future signing in January and Kukwa as an undrafted free agent out of Lake Erie College.

These transactions put the Raiders at 87 players which means you can figure they will likely add three players to the roster sometime between now and training camp.