Jordan's new motto is "keep my mouth shut"

Oakland Raiders running back LaMont Jordan returned to practice Thursday still nursing a sore back but intent on playing against Denver on Sunday. That's an encouraging sign for the Raiders, who are bent on getting the running game going after its disastrous showing in Seattle earlier this week.

Jordan did not work out on Wednesday but was given the green light to participate without limitations in Thursday's practice. The veteran running back took part in all the drills and even got in some extra work on the sidelines.

''He was OK,'' Oakland head coach Art Shell said. ''He ran hard and then after he got through doing what he's supposed to do he came over on the side and did some extra stuff, running through those bags and over those dummies.''

Jordan, who had just nine carries in the loss to the Seahawks, said the pain in his back following the game on the Seattle turf became too much for his body to bear.

''The thing with the back is just something that requires rest,'' Jordan said. ''It feels a lot better today. It was just one of those things where we played Monday (and) when you have a bad back, the turf is the last thing you need to be on. But it feels better. I'll be fine.''

Jordan did not play in Oakland's win over Arizona and was limited in his work against Pittsburgh and Seattle.

Not that the Raiders have done much running this season. Through eight games Jordan has rushed for 398 yards and one touchdown while backup Justin Fargas has 238 yards rushing.

Against the Seahawks, Oakland had planned to use the ground game as the base of its offensive attack but the Raiders essentially abandoned the run early on and only came back to it on a few rare occasions in the second half.

That led to some heavy criticisms of offensive coordinator Tom Walsh, whose unit ranks 32nd in eight of 12 offensive categories.

Jordan, who said he was surprised by Oakland's reluctance to run more against Seattle, would not criticize the coaching staff but was dismayed by how quickly the play-calling seems to get away from the running game.

Against the Seahawks, the Raiders had just 13 official carries. Two of them were by quarterback Andrew Walter, meaning Oakland actually had only 11 designed running plays.

''Around here it is going to be what it is going to be,'' Jordan said. ''I think the best thing for me to do is just keep my mouth shut and show up for work every day and go out and do my job on Sunday. What is called is called.

''It's not something that talking about is going to change, so I am going to keep my mouth shut. We have eight more weeks. Just show up for work every day and make sure I maintain some consistency in my pass protection.'


Left guard Barry Sims has been ruled out of Sunday's home game against the Broncos while he recovers from an abdominal strain ... The game has been declared a sellout, the fifth straight time this season the Raiders have achieved that.

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