Will Porter see action in a Raiders game?

Jerry Porter won his appeal and had his four-game suspension reduced in half but that doesn't mean he'll be back on the field for the Raiders this Sunday. Heck, teammate Jarrod Cooper won't even reinstate him onto the Raiders' team in his Madden '07 video game.

''He's got to make a play in real life before he makes a play in PlayStation life,'' said Cooper, who regularly engages Porter in video game competitions.

Oakland had originally announced a four-game suspension of Porter last week for what the Raiders called 'conduct detrimental to the team.'' After representatives from the NFL Players Association and NFL Management Council met to discuss the suspension, an agreement was reached that allows Porter to return to the practice field this week.

The deal was completed Tuesday and announced on Wednesday.

''We asked for four weeks, we got two,'' Raiders head coach Art Shell said. ''We live with that and we move on.''

Porter did not attend practice Wednesday and was not at the team's facilities. According to a team spokesman, he had 24 hours to report after being notified that the suspension was lifted.

Shell said he had not spoken with Porter but said the receiver will be under the same guidelines he was before being suspended.

Porter was originally suspended after reportedly making a disparaging comment during a lengthy practice Friday. When Shell announced the suspension, he indicated the situation from practice was the latest in a string of incidents with Porter, though he didn't disclose what else the receiver had done.

''He'll have to come back and work, abide by the rules and regulations that this team is under,'' Shell said. ''Everybody on this team is under the same umbrella. We all have certain rules and guidelines that we have to abide by. I expect that he will do that.

''I'm ready to move on. We're getting ready for a big game against Pittsburgh and we don't need any of this flying around. We've got to put all our concentration on the Steelers.''

Whether or not Porter will be on the field to play Pittsburgh this Sunday remains to be seen. He has not played in a regular season game this season despite being healthy since the end of training camp.

News of Porter's impending return was greeted with open arms within the Raiders locker room, which has grown increasingly disenchanted with management over the entire situation.

''It's always good whenever you have a full complement of players,'' said Oakland defensive tackle Warren Sapp. ''But ... I like to have my second-best receiver out on the field, suited up and ready to make plays for me. And that's not happening, for whatever reason. That's the one thing that, more than anything, would affect this ballclub, him suiting up on Sunday.''

NOTES: A team spokesman said the Raiders would place linebacker Grant Irons on the injured reserve list. That's likely a move to make room on the 53-man roster for Porter ...

Quarterback Aaron Brooks and running back LaMont Jordan were held out of practice Wednesday. Jordan has improved, Shell said, but continues to have tightness in his lower back.


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