Oakland Raiders Beat Pittsburgh Steelers 20-13 With Help Of Receiver Jerry Porter – Coach Art Shell Says Good Decision

Oakland Raiders Beat Pittsburgh Steelers 20-13 With Help Of Receiver Jerry Porter – Coach Art Shell Says Good Decision

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The Oakland Raiders beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-13 with help from last year’s top receiver Jerry Porter. Porter has not played much this year since his October 15th suspension. He was kicked out of practice by Coach Art Shell.

The suspension was challenged by the NFL Players Association the next week. They claimed the suspension was “excessive” and the suspension was later reduced. This added to the tension between Shell and Porter who said he wanted to be traded last year.

Porter was in uniform for Sunday’s game and was called in by Shell for the first play of the second quarter. Shell said “I just made a decision; a coach's decision. He caught a big pass for us. He did OK. I have to watch the tape, but he made one big play and I'm very happy with that."

Porter played alongside Randy Moss and Raider QB Andrew Walter. Later Walter threw the ball to Porter for a 19-yard reception over the middle giving Oakland first-and-goal on the 4. This set up Sebastian Janikowski's 19-yard field goal giving Oakland a 10-6 lead at halftime.

Porter received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd after the catch. It was quite different from his first preseason reception when the fans booed him. He did not talk to reporters after the game.

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By Dave Reddy
Best Syndication Writer

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