Jul 5, 2007 3
In case you missed it over the holiday, Raider RB Dominic Rhodes has been suspended four games for violating the league’s substance program. Rhodes will be able to work out in training camp, but he will miss the team’s first four games.
Information on these suspensions is usually sketchy, but for Rhodes to be suspended the four games means he was already in the league’s substance abuse program, so one more slip-up should result in a one-year suspension for Rhodes. From all accounts, Rhodes suspension stems from his alcohol incident early this year, though I wonder why it took so long for the league to take action.
Obviously, this raises the stock of RB LaMont Jordan. Jordan is nearly 100% recovered now from the knee injury he suffered in the latter stages of the 2006 season, and he will now open the season as THE guy both in the running and the passing game. I imagine the team will keep Justin Fargas around, especially with the Rhodes news, but Jordan can be a do-it-all back in terms of running and catching the ball. Jordan should be plenty motivated now that he’ll get a chance to be the lead back for [...]