Raiders Tuesday notebook

With Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jerry Porter leaving Monday's practice with a hamstring injury, the door seemingly opened a little bit for Doug Gabriel.

Oakland Raiders head coach Norv Turner indicated that Porter would probably be sideline a couple of weeks after undergoing an MRI for a strained hamstring.

"I think I'll be all right but we're not going to rush," Porter said while leaving Tuesday afternoon's practice.

After Randy Moss, Porter and Ronald Curry, the rest of the receivers are fighting for scraps with Gabriel being one of them. Gabriel, who enters his third season, caught 33 passes for 551 yards and two touchdowns last season. He also averaged 21.5 yards on 53 kickoff returns. Special teams might still be his best shot at making the team depending on how quickly Porter recovers.

"Having Randy here it's like, man that can help the offense," Gabriel said. "It benefits the running game and passing game. As long as I'm playing it's great for me."

The Raiders signed wide receiver Randal Williams, who played for Dallas from 2001-2004.

No fights

Training camp might be only five days old but that didn't stop one Bay Area newspaper reporter from asking Turner about nary a fight taking place so far.

"You just had to mention it. You never know, next week I might be getting into a pile and breaking one up," Turner quipped. "We're all creatures of habit but you have to have that discipline."

It also stands to reason that if one throws a punch in practice, it's that much easier to do so in a game.

"You'd have to be pretty stupid to do it in a game," Offensive tackle Barry Sims said. "Especially when you get fined and ejected."

Quick hits


Tuesday's practice featured referees.


Linebacker Tim Johnson intercepted a pass in Tuesday afternoon's practice.

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