Raiders Blog and Q&A

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October 3, 2007
One back's in, one back's still out

ALAMEDA – Sorry, no official word on LaMont Jordan’s injured back.

Because the Raiders have a bye this week, Lane Kiffin, following his practice of only releasing information that he has to, didn’t provide an update because he’s not speaking to the media today or tomorrow before the players take the weekend off.

Jordan worked out in the team’s weight room, a big step up from being on crutches in Miami after he was carted off the field in the second quarter.

Jordan, like Sunday, wasn’t available for comment.

Another running back was in the mood to chat.

Dominic Rhodes talked after practice about practicing for the first time after his four-game suspension ended for violating the NFL substance abuse policy

Just as he did in training camp, Rhodes was contrite about the drunk driving incident that got him suspended. He plead guilty to reckless driving in March.

“I’ve been waiting for this a long time now, I guess a month,” Rhodes said. “And I’m just excited to be back out here with my teammates working and putting in that sweat and grunt and all that good
stuff.”

Rhodes will add an explosive dimension the Raiders running game has lacked, even with it’s success in four games.

Jordan can bowl defenders over. That’s also Justin Fargas’ preference, even though he does have the speed to outrun the defense.

Rhodes is quick and can make people miss and will present a different challenge for the opposition.

-- Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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