ALAMEDA – The “push” is on.
Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said the team could use Derrick Burgess in a limited role on Sunday if they can get him on the field.
“We’re going to keep trying to push and see if we can get him out there," Kiffin said.
Burgess would probably play just on passing downs if he does play on Sunday, but you have to wonder if Kiffin was tweaking Burgess a bit by trying to “push” him on the field.
Burgess is one of the toughest players on the Raiders. It would take more than a simple calf injury to keep him out.
Perhaps the injury is worse than the team is letting on.
Either way, they’re going to push Burgess on the field if they have to.
But without the new contract he wants, Burgess might push back and not risk a injury that would hurt his chances of a new deal to replace his current contract.
For those worried about LaMont Jordan’s status, there is no need to panic.
Kiffin said Jordan would play on Sunday and not be limited. The team will monitor his bad back, but Jordan practiced on today and was fine.
It’s funny how so many fans wanted Jordan gone. After two solid games, many wondered what would happen without him.
I took a lot of heat from Raider fans for saying Jordan had been criticized unfairly last season. I hope he keeps proving me right.
Center Jeremy Newberry's status is uncertain. He practiced, but won't start if he plays on Sunday.