The time for talk is over.

A year ago when the Raiders were struggling, several veterans called for a players' only meeting that seemed to shake things up. Don't expect the same thing this time. Running back LaMont Jordan says the time for talking is long gone.

''We've done enough talking,'' Jordan said Wednesday. ''Talking doesn't get you wins. Almost winning does not get you wins. So what we have to do now is step up, be held accountable, realize that we're professional athletes, we have a job to do and we have to go out there and do it. That's what it comes down to.''

The Raiders (0-3) return to Oakland this week to face Dallas (2-1) before taking off for the bye. If they hope to avoid becoming the first Raiders team to lose their first four games since 1992, they'll have to bring some balance to an offense that has been woefully lopsided so far.

Through three games quarterback Kerry Collins is the fifth-rated passer in the NFL this season and is one of just two starting quarterbacks this season without an interception. Oakland owns the No. 3 passing attack but is just 31st in rushing.

For a team that spent the offseason re-tooling their offensive line and bringing in Jordan to revive the running game, the numbers are a direct smack in the face.

Jordan has rushed for just 148 yards and one touchdown on 49 carries and is coming off a game against Philadelphia where he had only 19 yards on 16 carries, one of which gained 14 yards.

As a team, the Raiders are averaging just 61.7 yards a game, better than only Baltimore which has a 45.5 per-game average. That's nearly 20 yards worse than what Oakland averaged a year ago when the Raiders had the NFL's worst-ranked running game.

''In order to win in the NFL you have to be able to run the ball,'' Jordan said. ''I think it's very obvious when you watch the games that we can pretty much throw the ball on everybody. Once we get our run game going ... then you just start seeing how explosive you can be.

Until that happens all this is is just hearsay.''

Trying to get the running game on track against Dallas might be tougher than expected. Jordan was removed from practice Wednesday with a calf strain. Jordan is listed as probable to play against the Cowboys and coach Norv Turner said he expects the running back to return to practice Thursday.

''He's got a little bit of a strain,'' Turner said. ''I think he'll be fine tomorrow.''

Center Jake Grove, who spent time Monday after practice working out on the field alone, said it's up to the offensive line to get the running game going.

''We just need to work on getting better across the board,'' Grove said. ''We'll get it right. we all want to run the ball. sometimes it's tough when they make a couple plays or you get yourself in a situation where you need to throw. Again, I point the finger at myself and the rest of the offensive line. We need to play better.

Notes: Fullback John Paul Foschi (knee) and defensive tackle Ed Jasper (ankle) were both held out of practice Wednesday. Tight end Courtney Anderson and cornerback Charles Woodson were both nursing sore knees but both did practice ... Turner said he expects the Raiders to place wide receiver Ronald Curry on injured reserve soon ...


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