ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders have bolstered their backfield by signing fullback Lorenzo Neal and running back Gary Russell.
Terms of the deals weren't disclosed, but the Raiders added the two players in time for the start of the mandatory minicamp Friday.
The Raiders weren't able to find a fullback in the draft, so they signed Neal, who is considered to be one of the best blocking backs in the NFL. The 16-year veteran spent last season with the Baltimore Ravens.
Also, Raiders coach Tom Cable said wide receiver Javon Walker recently informed the team that he underwent knee surgery and won't be ready until training camp. Walker missed the second half of last season because of an ankle injury.
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