AP: Raiders' Jordan out for Sunday's game vs. Denver

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Staff member
Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders running back LaMont Jordan remained sidelined with a turf toe injury and has been ruled out of Sunday's game against Denver, head coach Norv Turner said Thursday.

LaMont Jordan
Running Back
Oakland Raiders

Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
272 1025 9 70 563 2

Jordan, who is the first Oakland running back since 2000 to rush for more than 1,000 yards, injured himself last week early in the first half of the Raiders' 9-7 loss to Cleveland. Jordan remained in the game, rushing for a career-best 132 yards in the defeat.

An MRI after the game revealed the turf toe injury and Jordan had his foot placed in a protective walking boot. He did not practice at all this week in hopes that the rest would enable Jordan to play Saturday in Denver.

Turner shot those hopes down Thursday with the news that Jordan would not play. Instead, the Raiders will rely on fullback Zack Crockett and seldom-used running back Justin Fargas.

"Zack can grind on a team," Turner said Thursday, "and [Denver] is the type of team that Zack, with his downhill style, they go sideways so much, he should be effective."

Crockett has been the Raiders' short-yardage specialist since joining the team as a free agent in 1999. This year he's primarily been Jordan's lead-blocker while providing an occasional break for his backfield partner.

Crockett has rushed for 120 yards on 30 carries this season while Fargas, a third-round pick in 2003 who has been plagued throughout his career by injuries, has just two carries for four yards.

"It will be tough to lose a guy of [Jordan's] caliber," Crockett said earlier this week. "You know I'm always ready to pick up the pace. I'm always amped for an opportunity."