Jordan seeking a fresh start, end of season

The end of the season can't come quick enough for Raiders' running back LaMont Jordan, and it has little to do with the nagging back injury that has plagued him all season.

Frustrated by his demotion and decreased playing time, LaMont Jordan -- who earlier this year reportedly asked Oakland management for his release -- said Thursday he's looking forward to putting the 2007 season in his rearview mirror as quickly as possible.

"It's just the way the year has been going, you just want to hurry up and get it over with, get to the offseason and get a fresh start," Jordan said. "It's been a long, tough year."

For the Raiders and for Jordan.

Oakland enters Sunday's game against Indianapolis 4-9, its fifth straight losing season since capturing the AFC Championship in 2002.

While the team has made steady progress under first-year coach Lane Kiffin, the Raiders are destined to finish out of the playoffs for the 10th time since moving back to Oakland in 1995.

Jordan began the season as the Raiders' starting running back and was among the league leaders in rushing through the first month of the season. Since then, however, Jordan's stock and production have dropped dramatically while Justin Fargas assumed the top spot on Oakland's depth chart.

That, more than the back injury that has bothered him since early in training camp, is what has bothered Jordan the most.

"I've been in this business long enough and I've seen it happen before and I think that's probably the hardest thing to deal with," Jordan said. "But hey, that's just something you have to deal with. Like I said, I've seen it before. It adds on to some of the (negativity) of the season. That's just another reason why you can't wait for the season to be over, just to get a fresh start, whether it's here, whether it's somewhere else, or wherever the case may be. I'm just ready to get this year over with." Jordan has not spoken with Kiffin about his reduced role with the Raiders offense.

"There's no need to talk," Jordan said. "Like I said before, it's not something I really want to get into right now. We still have games (and I) don't want to be a distraction. It got out somehow that I asked for a release and I never went to the media and told the media that I asked to be released. And how that got out and how that whole thing got started, I don't know. That's another distraction for the team. It's not something I would like to get into right now. Let's just get these three games over with and hope that we can upset these three playoff teams and end the season on a strong note."


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