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Raiders call up James Cowser from practice squad to replace retired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

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There may not have been any trades made Tuesday afternoon, but the Raiders did see a player depart. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie announced his retirement after 11 NFL seasons. His departure left an open roster spot and to fill it the Raiders activated James Cowser from the team’s practice squad.

The former undrafted free agent out of Southern Illinois is now in his third season in Oakland. He’s appeared in 22 games with no starts. The nation’s sack leader as a Senior, has logged 1.0 sack in his NFL career along with 45 combined tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 3 fumble recoveries.

The Raiders are the worst pass rushing team in the NFL, so they may as well give Cowser a shot to see if he can offer some help in that area. Though his call up in no way even guarantees he will be active on game day to get that chance.

To replace Cowser’s spot on the practice squad, the Raiders signed tackle Jamar McGloster. The undrafted rookie originally signed with the 49ers out of Syracuse and also spent training camp with the Lions.