Three more added to the IR

Trace Armstrong was one of three Raiders added to the injured reserve list.

Perhaps the Oakland Raiders should change their name to the "Oakland Injured Reserves."

The Raiders, who have lost eight players to season ending injuries, placed linebacker Travian Smith, running back Justin Fargas and defensive end Trace Armstrong on injured reserve Wednesday. Those players join linebacker Bill Romanowski, defensive end Sam Williams, guard Matt Stinchcomb along with quarterbacks Rich Gannon and Marques Tuiasosopo on the IR list.

Oakland signed running back J.R. Redmond, defensive end Lorenzo Bromell, linebacker Larry Atkins and guard Corey Hulsey.

Redmond, once a third-round draft pick by New England, was the team's second-leading rusher in 2000. He was released by the Patriots at the end of training camp in August.

Oakland also signed running back J.R. Johnson and defensive back Carey Scott to its practice squad after releasing running back Santonio Beard and tackle Matt Knutson.

Porter feels Keyshawn's pain

Raiders wide receiver Jerry Porter says he knows how Keyshawn Johnson feels.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers deactivated the discontented wide receiver Tuesday for the remainder of the season. The Bucs suggested that the reason for their decision is become Johnson, a two-time Pro Bowler in his eight seasons, has become a disruptive force. That detriment has been especially notable with his relationship with head coach Jon Gruden, who coached the Raiders from 1998-2001.

Tampa Bay has lost three straight games and with a 4-6 record is in danger of missing the playoffs. Johnson was the Bucs' third-leading receiver with 45 catches for 600 yards and three touchdowns but became displeased that he wasn't more involved in Gruden's game plans. He voiced his concern to the coach and general manager Rich McKay last month, telling them that he wanted to leave after this season.

The Bucs did not wait.

As for Porter, he and Gruden constantly feuded after the Raiders drafted him in the second-round out of West Virginia in 2000. Porter quickly found his way into Gruden's doghouse before enjoying a breakout season in 2002. So could Keyshawn Johnson have been Jerry Porter?

"In 2000, I wish it was me," Porter said. "I wished they would have given me my money and said get the hell out from around here."

Porter added that he does not know Johnson but "I feel his pain."

Buchanon named defensive player of the week

Oakland cornerback Phillip Buchanon was named NFL Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Raiders 28-18 win over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday. Buchanon intercepted two passes and returned one of them for a 64-yard touchdown.

Injury report

For Oakland: DT John Parrella (groin) is out. RB Charlie Garner (back), and DT Dana Stubblefield (ankle) are doubtful. OG Mo Collins (knee), OT Lincoln Kennedy (calf), OG Frank Middleton (knee), and S Rod Woodson (knee) are questionable. DT Rod Coleman (shoulder) and C Barret Robbins (knee) are probable. For Kansas City: WR Marc Boerigter (thigh), DE Eddie Freeman (toe), OG Brian Waters (shoulder) and S Jerome Woods (back) are questionable. WR Dante Hall (shoulder), RB Tony Richardson (hand), DT Ryan Sims (foot), and John Tait (ankle) are probable.

Vince D'Adamo can be reached at vdad7@yahoo.com


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