Jordan looking to put himself on the map

LaMont Jordan wore a small bag of ice wrapped around his lower back, a cold reminder that he is not yet back to full strength. Jordan continues to practice, however, and believes he'll play in Saturday's preseason game against San Francisco.

LaMont Jordan has missed more practices than he's taken part in since injuring his lower back early in training camp. The back injury led to a hamstring injury which has also slowed the veteran running back.

"I want to be smart but at the same time I'm not into milking anything," Jordan said. "Since I've been in college I've done a good job of playing through pain. But there's a time where you have to be smart and realize this is the preseason.

"I'm going to be smart, but as long as I can go, I'm going to go."

Jordan is trying to silence critics who point to his history of injuries since signing with the Raiders. In two years, the former New York Jet has yet to play a full season.

Oakland was obviously concerned and signed Dominic Rhodes in the preseason and drafted Michael Bush in the fourth round of the NFL draft. Bush has been on the physically unable to perform list since camp began and has been doing primarily conditioning work in solo workouts. He said Tuesday he expects to be able to practice soon.

With Rhodes unavailable for the first four games due to being suspended by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy, Jordan has an opportunity to silence his critics.

"There's a lot of people questioning whether I'm the guy for the job," Jordan said. "And of course at some point pride's gonna get in the way, and at some point you're gonna want to make a statement. But it's not something I talk about.

"Right now the AFC West, I'm clearly the back that's not even in this hemisphere. When you look at Travis Henry, Larry Johnson and LaDainian, I'm not even mentioned on the same page as those guys. That's something that I would like to change. I have to do my part, the offensive line has to do their part, us as a team, we have to do our part."

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