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Luke Lawton
No. 44     Oakland Raiders
Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: August 26, 1980 (1980-08-26) (age 29)
Place of birth: New Iberia, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College: McNeese State
Undrafted in 2004
Debuted in 2005 for the New York Jets
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Suspended
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NFL.com

Richard Luke Lawton (born August 26, 1980 in New Iberia, Louisiana) is an American football fullback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at McNeese State.

Lawton has also been a member of the New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles.

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Early years

Lawton attended Saint Thomas More High School in Lafayette, Louisiana and was a good student and a letterman in football and baseball. He won All-District and All-Parish honors in both sports.

Professional career

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Second stint with Giants

Lawton signed with the New York Giants in early 2005. He suffered a broken nose during training camp on August 22, 2005 and underwent surgery on August 24. He was waived on August 29.

New York Jets

Lawton was signed to the New York Jets' practice squad on September 5, 2005. He was promoted to the active roster on November 18. He played in his first NFL on November 20. He was waived on December 13, and re-signed to the practice squad on December 15. He was signed to a one-year contract worth $310,000 on January 4, 2006. He was released on July 27.

Indianapolis Colts

Lawton was signed to the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad on November 29, 2006. He was re-signed on February 14, 2007. He was released on October 29, and re-signed on October 31. He was released later in the year and re-signed on November 28.

Philadelphia Eagles

Lawton was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles on June 6, 2008 in exchange for a conditional draft pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He was released on August 23, and the Eagles did not have to give up a draft pick to the Colts due to his release from the team.

Oakland Raiders

Lawton was claimed off waivers from the Eagles by the Oakland Raiders on August 26, 2009. He was waived on August 30, and re-signed on September 3. Lawton was banned for four games by the NFL on December 24, 2009, for violation of the league's ban on performance-enhancing substances.[1] He will be suspended for the last two games of the 2009 season and the first two games of the 2010 season.

References

  1. ^ "Raiders FB Lawton suspended 4 games". ESPN.com. December 24, 2009. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4771154. Retrieved 2009-12-26.  

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