Raiders' Porter has '06 debut


October 30, 2006

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jerry Porter was active for the first time this season, four days after his four-game suspension by the team was cut in half.

Porter, who was inactive the first four games before his suspension, was in uniform for yesterday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He caught one pass for 19 yards. Johnnie Morant was inactive.

Porter was suspended for four games Oct. 15 for insubordination a day after being kicked out of practice by coach Art Shell.

The NFL Players Association appealed the suspension the next week, calling it "excessive." The NFLPA and the league agreed Wednesday to reduce the suspension to two games.

Porter, Oakland's leading receiver a year ago, clashed with Shell shortly after the coach was hired in February and publicly demanded a trade at the start of training camp.

Browns -- Guard Joe Andruzzi, who last week criticized former offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon's play-calling, left the game against the Jets in the second quarter with an injured right knee. Blocking for Reuben Droughns, Andruzzi was bent back awkwardly in the pile. He was helped off the field and carted to the locker room for X-rays.

Giants -- Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora and starting right cornerback Sam Madison were among the inactives against the Buccaneers. Umenyiora was expected to miss the game after injuring his hip in the win over Dallas on Monday night.

Broncos -- Defensive lineman Gerard Warren was inactive against the Colts because of a toe injury. The Colts placed safety Bob Sanders (knee) and defensive tackle Montae Reagor (facial injury) on the inactive list.

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