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Raiders sign former Auburn tight end for fourth time

For the fourth time this year, former Auburn tight end John Samuel Shenker has signed with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Shenker joined the Raiders’ practice squad on Friday. Las Vegas signed Shenker after promoting guard Jakob Johnson from its practice squad to the 53-man active roster.

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Shenker originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted rookie on May 12. After spending the offseason program, training camp and preseason with Las Vegas, Shenker was released when the Raiders cut their preseason roster to the regular season limit on August 29.

The next day, Las Vegas signed Shenker to its practice squad. He remained with the Raiders until his release on October 5. But on October 18, Las Vegas brought him back for the practice squad.

This stay lasted only six days and Shenker was away from the NFL from October 24 until signing with the Arizona Cardinals on December 20.

On Tuesday, Arizona released Shenker from its practice squad, and he is now back with the Raiders, who have two games remaining in their season.

Each NFL team can elevate two practice squad members to active status for each game, but Shenker has not played this season.

In five seasons at Auburn, Shenker set a school record by playing in 62 games, and he also became the Tigers’ career leader in receptions by a tight end with 68 for 779 yards and three touchdowns.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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