Training Camp Update

The Raiders potentially have one of the deepest wide receiving corps in the NFL but that depth is being challenged. One day after Jerry Porter pulled up lame with a calf injury, Carlos Francis had to be helped off the field with a possible hamstring tear.

Porter did not participate in either practice session Wednesday, even though head coach Art Shell had hoped the wideout would return in the afternoon. Porter received treatment on his injured calf in the morning but was noticeably absent from the field during the second practice of the day.

Francis was hurt in the afternoon while diving for a ball thrown downfield by quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo. The third-year receiver, who missed much of training camp in 2005 with a similar injury, appeared to make the clean catch but the ball slipped out as Francis rolled on the ground. Francis immediately unbuckled his helmet and flung it 15 yards away before being helped off the field by trainers.

The usually cordial Francis walked gingerly with a noticeable limp and declined to speak to reporters afterward but indicated he was being taken to a local hospital for an MRI test. ''He was stretching for a ball down the middle and felt a twinge or whatever it was, so it was an unfortunate thing,'' Shell said. ''Carlos has worked hard this offseason and the last couple of days. Hopefully, it's not too serious.'' ''He felt a twinge or whatever it was,'' Shell said. ''It's unfortunate because Carlos has been working hard.''

The loss of Francis isn't a big blow to the Raiders offense. Primarily a special teams player, Francis was buried on the depth chart behind Randy Moss, Porter, Doug Gabriel and -- when healthy -- Ronald Curry.

Porter's absence, though, is more intriguing. His injury comes at a time when his future with the team is questionable. An ongoing rift with Shell -- which began in the offseason -- apparently hasn't cooled and the talented receiver reportedly has asked the team to trade him.

Porter told a reporter on Tuesday that he hasn't spoken to his head coach since the offseason incident and reiterated his desire to be traded, though he added he intends to play out the remaining two years on his contract. Porter declined to talk on Wednesday when approached by reporters. Shell, too, preferred not to discuss the subject.

''That's a non-issue as far as I'm concerned,'' Shell said. ''I'm more concerned about getting our football team ready to play.''

Asked if he could keep a player on the roster who doesn't want to be there, Shell replied, ''I want anybody that can help us win football games. I can live with anybody that can help us win football games.

''There's guys every year that might not want to be on a team. But hey, part of this business is you pay with who you've got. If we have somebody on this team that's here (and) said he wants to be here or not, if he's doing what he's supposed to do, then we'll go to work.''

* Tight end Randall Williams was held out of the afternoon practice because of a sore back. Shell said the team will continue to limit Williams -- who made a brilliant 40-yard reception in the morning practice -- to one workout a day until his situation improves.

* Cornerback Stanford Routt returned after missing the first day. A second-round pick last year, Routt played on Oakland's nickel defense in both practices Wednesday.

* Kicker Sebastian Janikowski had an up-and-down day. Janikowski nailed a 56-yard field goal to cap a hurry-up offense drill, then connected on four straight field goals shortly thereafter, two from 20 yards out and one apiece from 28 and 33. Janikowski shanked his next three attempts from 38, 43 and 48 yards before sending another 48-yard kick down the middle.

''I told him every time he misses the team runs, so that's the pressure that he has. But Sebastian's in good shape. He came to camp with his weight down where it needs to be. He's got a very strong leg, as you know. We just have to work to get him on a consistent basis from every yard line area. So every zone that he misses, I looked at the stats from last year and I saw where he really had some problems so we just have to improve that area and keep the good areas up and we'll be fine.''

* Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was unhappy over the direction of his defense in the morning practice and let loose with a profanity-laced tirade that would make any sailor proud. ''Wake the (bleep) up,'' Ryan shouted to the first-team defense. ''Let's get the (bleeping) thing done right. This ain't no (bleeping) session.''

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