Raiders promote Ras-I Dowling to 53-man roster

The Oakland Raiders are still playing the season our despite yet another disappointing season.

As a result, the organization has promoted safety Ras-I Dowling to the 53-man roster on Saturday. Dowling has spent the season on Oakland's practice squad.

Dowling was drafted by New England in the second round of the 2011 draft and disappointed almost immediately. He didn't last long with the Patriots and has been extremely close to being out of the league. Perhaps he's done enough during his stint with the Raiders to get closer to being a safety that can stick with a 53-man roster for a full season next year.

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