The only intrigue Saturday in the Raiders' roster reduction to 53 players was provided by their decision to hold off announcing their cuts until after 6 p.m., more than three hours after they were submitted by the NFL for approval.

Coach Hue Jackson was available to talk to reporters by conference call the day after a 20-3 exhibition loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but since the NFL hadn't cleared the transactions, he wouldn't comment on any of them.

When the transactions were released about two hours after Jackson talked, there were a couple of mild surprises but no major ones, befitting a team that had an 0-4 exhibition season where there appeared to be a wide gulf between the starters and the reserves in terms of talent and production.

Among Saturday's victims:

  • Quarterback and Stanford product Trent Edwards, who lost out to Cal product Kyle Boller in his bid to be the backup to Jason Campbell. Edwards appeared tentative at times and didn't throw the ball downfield with nearly as much authority as Boller.

    Unless they have their eye on someone else, the Raiders are planning to go with two quarterbacks for the time being. Third-round supplemental draft pick Terrelle Pryor begins a five-week stay on the suspended list and does not count toward the 53-man roster.

  • Guard Daniel Loper, signed before the lockout when the Raiders had determined Robert Gallery wasn't in their plans, ended up running behind rookie Stefen Wisniewski at left guard.


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    Loper was scheduled to make $1.9 million this season, but he does get to keep a reported $300,000 signing bonus as a parting gift.

  • Cornerback Lito Sheppard, signed for cornerback depth, was waived although he did come up with a nice play to stop a Seattle receiver before the first down marker and force a punt.

    Joe Porter, who broke up one pass and showed special teams value by blocking a field goal attempt, made the roster.

    Also let go were second-year corners Walter McFadden and Jeremy Ware, sixth- and seventh-round draft picks a year ago. McFadden struggled through camp and Ware hurt an ankle, was waived injured, and could resurface on injured reserve.

    Undrafted rookie free agent Sterling Moore, out of Deer Valley High and Laney College, was also waived but is a strong candidate for the practice squad should he clear waivers.

  • Safety Stevie Brown, a seventh-round pick last season, made fewer plays during training camp this year and was waived. Instead, the Raiders kept Jerome Boyd, who has been filling the hybrid strong safety/linebacker role previously manned by Mike Mitchell. Mitchell, who has an injured knee, was kept on the roster.

  • Outside linebacker Sam Williams, the longest-tenured non-kicker on the roster, drafted in 2003, was terminated. Williams has been cut in previous years and been signed at a later date.