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November 4, 2007
Running back shuffle

OAKLAND – Who will start at running back?

Lane Kiffin sure didn’t give LaMont Jordan a vote of confidence when asked if Jordan was still the starter.

Jordan might start, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be the primary runner. The way things have gone, Justin Griffith might end up being the main runner.

What makes the Raiders running back rotation so awkward is there is no rhythm to it. That leads to none of the backs getting into a groove.

Sure, better blocking up front would help, but there aren’t many backs that can come in and out during a series and play well.

*The Raiders added defensive tackle Josh Shaw from the practice squad and he is active for today’s game against the Houston Texans.

Gerard Warren is inactive and will miss his fourth game with a quadriceps injury.

The Raiders other are:
3rd QB JaMarcus Russell: If two guys go down, Russell would make his NFL debut.
QB Andrew Walter: he remains on the team for some reason. Make his life easy and let him go.
CB John Bowie: Another game, another day on the sidelines for the player acquired for Randy Moss.
CB Chris Johnson: His special teams role was reduced when Jarrod Cooper returned
LB Sam Williams: Even if he hadn’t hurt his shoulder, coaches wanted to give Robert Thomas time in his spot.
C Jake Grove: Injured during practice.
T Mario Henderson: Might be able to contribute next season.

--Jason Jones

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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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