ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -Derrick Burgess and LaMont Jordan have both been absent for the voluntary workouts for the Oakland Raiders this offseason.
Both players showed up for the start of the mandatory minicamp Tuesday, but only Burgess was allowed to work out. Jordan was told to stay away from the practice field by coach Lane Kiffin as the team tries to trade him or decides to cut him loose.
``We're exploring a couple of different options,'' Kiffin said. ``We're in communication with him. He was here this morning. We're just keeping him off the field. ... The last thing we want to do for him or ourselves is for LaMont to come out here and get hurt today.''
Jordan rushed for 1,025 yards, caught 70 passes and scored 11 touchdowns his first season in Oakland in 2005, but has had much less impact since with only 983 yards rushing the last two seasons. He fell behind Justin Fargas on the depth chart in 2007 and is not in the team's future plans following the addition of first-round draft pick Darren McFadden.
Trading Jordan could be difficult because he is scheduled to make $4.7 million this year and $5 million next season and most interested teams will probably wait until he is released. Jordan was unavailable for comment.
Burgess looked like his usual self as he showed up at practice for the first time this season. He had been back in Mississippi spending time with family and keeping in his usual tip-top shape by working out at Ole Miss instead of with his teammates in California at optional practices and other workouts.
Burgess didn't take long to show his impact. He burst around the end on one play and was poised to deliver a big hit on quarterback JaMarcus Russell if this had been a game rather than a minicamp practice.
``Once again he looks the same as far as running around and movement,'' Kiffin said. ``He looked great on a couple of nakeds that were coming out to his side. He's one of those few guys that you never have to worry about not being in shape or ready to play.''
Burgess said it was good to be back competing with his teammates after being gone the past five months. He has already noticed one big change now that defensive tackle Warren Sapp has retired, saying it's much quieter on the field.
Making up for Sapp's play on the field will be the real challenge. Burgess said he thought Tommy Kelly would be even better playing at Sapp's tackle position instead of shifting back and forth from end to tackle and other players like second-year end Jay Richardson had to step up their games.
``We need everybody out there,'' Burgess said. ``Everybody on this d-line has to be held accountable. A lot of these guys have got to make up for some of the plays Sapp won't make, or was going to make. But we just got to be one good unit.''
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha also was not on hand because he has not signed his franchise-tag tender. The Raiders placed the exclusive franchise tag on Asomugha in February, guaranteeing him at least $9.465 million for this season but not allowing him to negotiate with any other teams.
Kiffin said Asomugha could show up one of the next two days but won't be allowed to practice until he signs his tender offer.
Kelly (knee), receiver Ronald Curry (foot), safety Jarrod Cooper (knee) and center Jake Grove (knee) were on hand but did not practice because of injuries.

Recent NFL Discussions

Pick Wiz Play 1/15 on Mon, Jan 2017 by Michael Cash
2nd half play ne/hou on Mon, Jan 2017 by Strakey
NFL Championship Betting News and Notes on Mon, Jan 2017 by Blade
Public buries sports books on Mon, Jan 2017 by Blade
NFL WKEND SIDES &OV/UN 8-0 on Mon, Jan 2017 by armyranger
Advertisement

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Updated Super Bowl LI Betting Odds And then there were four. What are the odds of the four remaining teams to win this year's Super Bowl?
Thumbnail Pats Open as 6-Point Faves vs. Steelers The Patriots will host the Steelers in the 2017 AFC Championship Game and have opened as nearly touchdown favorites for next Sunday's...
Thumbnail Falcons open as favorites vs. Pack The Falcons will host the Packers in the 2017 NFC Championship Game, where Atlanta has opened as a small favorite.
Thumbnail Steelers vs. Chiefs Prediction Will the Steelers cover as a small road underdog tonight when they visit the Chiefs at 8:20PM ET in the NFL Divisional round of the playoffs?
Thumbnail Steelers vs. Chiefs Odds The second round of the NFL playoffs conclude tonight when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Pittsburgh Steelers at...

NFL Team Pages