Porter returns, others sit out

Jerry Porter returned to practice but LaMont Jordan did not. Warren Sapp also was held out of Thursday's workout, giving a new look to the Raiders' practices.

Porter returned from a two-game absence after his four-game suspension was reduced in half following an agreement between the NFL Players Association and the league's Management Council.

''Things are fine,'' said Raiders head coach Art Shell, who has been at odds with Porter since a disagreement over offseason workouts. ''Look, we are here to work. He is here to work, I am here to work. We move on and try to get prepared for the Steelers and the rest of the season.''

Shell met with Porter early Thursday morning but refused to divulge the details of it. Porter also declined to speak to the media, though he briefly joked with reporters in Oakland's locker room.

Asked if Thursday's meeting with Porter was meant to clear the air, Shell would not comment.

''That is as far as I am going to on that subject,'' Shell said. ''I will talk about my team ... but I won't dwell on just one individual.''

Porter still is not guaranteed of being activated for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. The Raiders placed him on the inactive list for the first four games of the regular season before he was suspended on Oct. 12 for what the organization said was ''conduct detrimental to the team.''

''I don't think his game status is going to change,'' Sapp said. ''When that changes it'll effect me.''

Sapp did not practice Thursday because of soreness in his back that was also giving the seven-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle pain in his hip. Shell said the decision to hold him out of practice was precautionary and that trainer Rod Martin expects Sapp to be able to play against Pittsburgh.

The same cannot be said for Jordan, who missed his second straight day of practice with tightness in his back. Jordan, who did not play in last week's win over Arizona, could be back at practice on Friday but the team is holding off making a decision whether to play him against the Steelers or not.

''He's supposed to go (Friday) so we'll find out,'' Shell said. ''I always hold out hope the thing will get better but I really have to see it. I don't want to put him out there if he is not close to 100 percent. It won't be good for him and it won't be good for the team.''

Quarterback Aaron Brooks also did not practice.

For the second straight day, left guard Barry Sims stayed after practice to work on long-snapping. Sims, who has started 67 consecutive games for the Raiders on their offensive line, will be a backup to veteran Adam Treu, Oakland's long-snapper since 1997.

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