ALAMEDA – Let the laughs start rolling.
The Raiders resigned safety Jarrod Cooper. He is at practice this morning and instantly gives a boost to the Raiders special teams, an area Lane Kiffin has sought a spark.
In addition to being a solid special teams player and backup safety, Cooper is also one of the funniest guys in the locker room.
While Jerry Porter endured his banishment by Art Shell, it was Cooper that joked he benched Porter on his Madden video game, too.
He was also the first outspoken critic of Porter's treatment when he blasted the decision to bench him after the Raiders' second game of 2006.
Cooper was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s policy against performance enhancement drugs.
The Raiders cut Cooper before training camp with the suspension being a main reason.
He joined the Raiders during the 2004 season and after the suspension, didn’t leave the Bay Area.
Turns out he didn't have to.
Among injured starters, running back LaMont Jordan (back) and defensive end Derrick Burgess (calf) are at practice. No sign of defensive tackle Gerard Warren (thigh).