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09/23/2013 04:38 pm ET

New Raiders Mascot? NFL Analyst Tweets Photo Of Potential Kid-Friendly Team Addition

The Oakland Raiders are rumored to have a new mascot: "The Raider Rusher."

ESPN analyst Darren Rovell published a photo of the purported new mascot in a tweet Sunday. CBS Sports quickly derided it as "perhaps the most inept-looking mascot the world [has] ever seen."

There has been some speculation as to whether or not Raider Rusher will ever see the field, given that the character is part of a new NFL-backed initiative with Nickelodeon, geared at kids.

However, Rovell seems confident the character is a team mascot on some level.

Further supporting that point: Each of the 32 NFL teams has a Nickelodeon-friendly cartoon mascot (the Broncos' is particularly bad), but according to CBS Sports, the Raiders is the only team so far to have converted the cartoon to a real-life character.

Deadspin speculates the new mascot will likely remain in kids' areas around the stadium. In fact, keeping the new mascot off the field would be a good thing: Given the NFL's ever-more-strict policies on players not leading with their helmets, Raider Rusher's helmet-heavy physique would be a big problem.

We've reached out to the Raiders for clarification and will update this piece if/when they respond. In the meantime, per the Atlantic Wire, The Raiders are rumored to make an official announcement on Tuesday.

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