Raiders Bolster Running Game with Pair of Signings

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have bolstered their
backfield by signing fullback Lorenzo Neal and running back Gary

The team added the two backs in time for the start of the mandatory minicamp Friday.

The Raiders were unable to find a fullback in the draft, so they signed Neal. He is considered one of the best blocking backs in the game. The 16-year veteran spent last season in Baltimore.

Russell spent two seasons in Pittsburgh, rushing for 98 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored the first touchdown for the Steelers in the Super Bowl win against Arizona.

Coach Tom Cable also says receiver Javon Walker recently informed the team he underwent knee surgery and won't be ready until training camp. Walker missed the second half of last season with an ankle injury.