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William Stanback returns to Raiders after death of both parents

Former standout CFL running back is back at training camp fighting for a roster spot

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Las Vegas Raiders reserve running back William Stanback has reportedly returned to the team after being away because of the deaths of both his parents in July.

The NFL Network reported that Stanback’s father, William Sr., died of bladder cancer and then, Stanback’s mother, Patricia, died nine days later from a heart attack. The Raiders reported to training camp two days before Stanback’s mother passed away.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden told media members last Thursday that one of his running backs was away from the team for personal reasons.

Stanback can now resume his attempt to make the team. He was a standout in the Canadian Football League and the Raiders signed him in January.

Stanback, 26, had 1,093 rushing yards on 170 carries in 2019 where he was a CFL All Star for the Montreal Alouettes. He was in training camp with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent.

While Stanback is a long shot to make the Raiders’ roster, he can catch up from his time missed quickly. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Raiders won’t start working in pads until next Monday.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to Stanback and his family during this unthinkable time.