Saints-Raiders notebook

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jerry Porter had a breakout game statistically but that did not stop Raider fans from giving him a hard time in Oakland's 31-26 loss Sunday to the New Orleans Saints.

Porter caught six passes for 113 yards but made headlines earlier in week by saying he would void the last year of his contract after hearing of the rumor that the Oakland Raiders were shopping Porter before last Tuesday's trading deadline. Porter, who is in his fifth NFL season, is now the Raiders senior member of receivers after the team traded Jerry Rice to Seattle. Raiders senior personnel executive Mike Lombardi denied that the team was looking to trade Porter but that did not stop the receiver from voicing his viewpoint.

Porter caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kerry Collins late in the fourth quarter in the Black Hole end zone, the section with the more rabid Raiders fans. One fan held up a sign that read "Jerry Porter – voided." Porter then had a mildly heated exchange with the fan during pregame warm-ups and again after the touchdown.

"The way I see is that the fans think, ‘He doesn't want to be here,'" Porter said. "What they don't see is that it's a business and I have to do what's best for my family. The Raiders can say, "The hell with you,' one day. If they can't understand that then I'm sorry to hear it."

Raider defense

The Raiders defense, which teams have exposed the last three weeks, had mixed success Sunday. For the first time in three weeks, they stopped the run in holding Saints to 42 yards rushing. Oakland also held New Orleans without a first down until 5:30 remained in the first half.

Oakland, however, offered very little resistance to the Saints passing game. Quarterback Aaron Brooks completed 23-of-39 passes for 280 yards. The Saints also converted 8-of-17 third down conversions.

The injury front

Guard Frank Middleton (quad), wide receiver Carlos Francis (knee), cornerback Charles Woodson (hip) and defensive tackle Ted Washington (ribs) all sustained injuries.

Chad Slaughter replaced Middleton in the lineup and Tommy Kelly, an undrafted free agent from Mississippi State, replaced Washington. Kelly recorded a quarterback sack.

Sideline slants

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The Raiders are 2-5 after seven games for the second year in a row.

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Former Raider Tony Bryant saw action but did not make a tackle.

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Oakland defensive line coach Sam Clancy was on the sideline despite being rushed to the hospital Thursday with chest pains.

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Raider inactive players were RB Justin Fargas, CB Brock Williams, RB Tyrone Wheatley, LB Travian Smith, G Ron Stone, TE Teyo Johnson, and DT Grant Irons.

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Late in the third quarter fans were clamoring for backup quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo to enter the game amid starting quarterback Kerry Collins' struggles. Fans started chanting, "Tui, Tui."


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