8/9 Raiders notebook

Oakland Raiders running back Lamont Jordan missed Tuesday afternoon's practice for personal reasons.

Oakland Raiders head coach Norv Turner said that Jordan had a death in his immediate family. Jordan left after Tuesday morning's walk-through practice. Turner added that the funeral will take place Wednesday and Jordan will return for Thursday afternoon's practice.

Turner added that the situation would not effect Jordan's playing time for Saturday's exhibition game at San Francisco. Zack Crockett and Justin Fargas took most of the reps at tailback Thursday afternoon.

Crockett has excelled in prior years as the short-yardage specialist and filled in capably as a fullback. Crockett rushed for 134 yards on 21 carries in the season finale against Jacksonville last season. Turner added that Crockett's role is likely to expand.

"There's no doubt we'll have him in there on third down and have him as a change of pace back," Turner said.

Don't be fooled

The Raiders worked on their goal-line situations with both offense and defense featuring various units along the depth chart. The defense had the upper hand on five of the six plays.

The last play came on a Keyon Nash interception of a Marques Tuiasosopo pass. Nash later added an interception in 7-on-7 drills. Turner, however, added that the defense's advantage was – sort of – by design.

"We were telling linemen not to finish blocks," Turner said. "We're trying to have as few piles as we can so we can avoid injuries."

John Robinson visits

Turner's longtime friend and coaching colleague John Robinson was a guest at Tuesday's practice. Turner served as an assistant coach under Robinson with the then-Los Angeles Rams.

"Coach got in this morning," Turner said. "He likes our football team. He understands what it takes to win."

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


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