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One of the classiest Oakland Raiders, and for that matter, one of the most dignified NFL players has officially stated that he plans to retire after the season.
Raiders starting right tackle Lincoln Kennedy said after Monday night's 41-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers that he plans to call it quits after the team ends its season on the road against the San Diego Chargers Sunday.
The 32-year old Kennedy has spent 11 years in the NFL, eight with the Raiders and played in two Pro Bowls. Kennedy came to Oakland before the 1996 season in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons and enjoyed an outstanding career with the Raiders.
Kennedy, who is highly respected by teammates and peers, has battled gamely through several injuries over the past few seasons.
"No doubt about it, I'm a Raider," Kennedy said. "I just wish I could have helped bring this team a championship."
Rice wins award, status up in the air
While Kennedy is retiring, wide receiver Jerry Rice's status is still pending after 19 seasons, three in Oakland.
If Monday was his last game, in Oakland or otherwise, he showed he could still perform. Rice caught 10 passes for 159 yards and was honored with the "Commitment to Excellence" award in a pregame ceremony.
"You try work yourself out of the funk and it just didn't happen," Rice said. "It's a hard one to swallow. You never want to come out on Monday night football and stink it up. … I don't know what's going to happen. I'm just going to take it for what it's worth. I don't know what's going to happen with the team."
JP aggravates calf injury
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jerry Porter came out for pregame introductions but did not play because he aggravated a calf injury while warming up before Monday's night.
Porter was not on the sidelines until the latter stages of the first quarter as Alvis Whitted received most of the playing time in the three-receiver sets.
Grady Jackson returns
Former Raiders defensive tackle Grady Jackson made his first appearance against his former team. Jackson played for the Raiders from 1998-2001 before signing as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints.
New Orleans released Jackson before Green Bay picked him up as a free agent. Jackson started but did not get into the stat sheet.
Since the outcome of the game was decided for all intents and purposes, the Raiders got their first extended look at backup quarterbacks Rob Johnson and Tee Martin.
Johnson mostly struggled in completing just 6-of-13 passes for 54 yards with one interception. Johnson was also sacked once. Martin, meanwhile, showed some promise in completing 4-of-5 passes for 55 yards, all to Jerry Rice.
-- The Raiders must beat San Diego Sunday to avoid the worst one-year turnaround after a Super Bowl participant season. The 1999 Atlanta Falcons went 5-11 after appearing in the Super Bowl.
-- Shane Lechler showed that he was not too distraught with his Pro Bowl snub. Lechler punted five times for 51.4 yards.n
The Raiders inactive players were RB Redmond, CB Clarence Love, C Barret Robbins, WR John Stone, DT Dana Stubblefield, DT Grant Irons, and DE DeLawrence Grant. The Packers CB Mike McKenzie, CB Derek Combs, LB Marcus Wilkins, OT Brennan Curtain, T/G Marcus Spriggs, DT Kenny Peterson, DE Jamal Reynolds.
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