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By PFW staff

The Raiders announced Thursday that they have added seven coaches to the 2012 coaching staff, including three assistants who were with the team last season.

Kelly Skipper returns for his sixth season with the Raiders and his fourth as running backs coach and Frank Pollack is the new offensive line coach. Steve Wisniewski returns as assistant O-line coach and Al Miller joins the staff as strength-and-conditioning coach and will be assisted by John Grieco. Also, defensive quality-control coach Eric Sanders returns to the team for his third season and former Raiders FB Justin Griffith will be the offensive quality-control coach.

Pollack comes to the Raiders after five years (2007-11) as the assistant offensive line coach for the Texans. He helped tutor a unit that enabled the Texans to rank second in the NFL with a franchise-record 153 rushing yards per game last season.

A member of the USA Strength and Conditioning Hall of Fame, Miller brings two decades of NFL coaching experience to the Silver and Black, having previously coached for the Falcons (1997-05), Giants (1993-96) and Broncos (1985-92).

Grieco comes to the Raiders' staff after serving as head strength-and-conditioning coach at the University of Louisiana at Monroe for two years.

Griffith, who played in 96 career games over seven pro seasons, begins his first year on an NFL coaching staff. He played two years for the Raiders (2007-08).

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