Raiders release starting fullback

The Raiders are releasing fullback Jakob Johnson.

Johnson, a veteran of five NFL seasons, including the past two with the Raiders, announced his release on social media.

Johnson’s surprise release appears to be a case of the Raiders needing to free up space on the roster, perhaps on a short-term basis. Interim coach Antonio Pierce indicated Johnson could be a candidate to return at some point.

“You know how the league works. It’s day in and day out. Things change, things come up, and you have to make tough roster decisions,” Pierce said Friday. “But we’ll be fine there, and hopefully something works out in the near future to get him back.”

Johnson, who missed the past two games with a concussion, came to the Raiders from the Patriots, where he played under Josh McDaniels for three seasons. When McDaniels was hired to coach the Raiders in 2022, he brought Johnson to Las Vegas.

Johnson has been a blocker and occasional pass catcher throughout his career. Despite playing in 62 games, he has never officially carried the ball as a runner.

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