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Raiders promote OL Denver Kirkland from practice squad

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have promoted offensive lineman Denver Kirkland from the practice squad to the active roster.

The move Wednesday puts the Raiders at the 53-man limit after operating one player under the maximum all season.

Kirkland joined the Raiders this offseason as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas. Oakland is thin on the offensive line with tackles Menelik Watson (calf) and Austin Howard (ankle), and center Rodney Hudson (knee) all sitting out practice Wednesday. Tackle Matt McCants was also limited with a knee injury.

Oakland also signed linebacker Darnell Sankey to the practice squad.

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