It was a tough month for new Raiders running back Dominic Rhodes, as he had to sit at home and watch his team go 2-2 in their first four games. Rhodes was not allowed to play due to a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The Raiders did not seem to miss a beat without him in the running game, as with LaMont Jordan carried the load. Now with Jordan sore from a back injury, Rhodes is anxious to help out.
“I like being out there with the team,” he said. “I like making plays, and stuff like that, and I saw the plays being made and plays I know I could make. It’s just been a frustrating process leading up to now, and I’m here, and it’s an off week, so I’ve got to wait even longer. I never want to have to go through this again so I’m going to be on my best behavior.”
Rhodes, who had over 100 yards rushing for the Colts in Super Bowl XLI, signed a two-year deal with Oakland in the offseason worth $7.5 million. He is now ready to show that he was worth it. “I beat myself up because I know that I could have been putting together some pretty big games,” Rhodes said. “Other times I was just saying, ‘You made your bed, so lay in it. That’s what it is. You have to deal with this. You’ll be back.’ Something good is going to come out of it. I think everything happens for a reason.”
Last season splitting time with rookie Joseph Addai, Rhodes ran for 641 yards and six scores. He has 2,274 career rushing yards. The Raiders seem to be in even better shape with Rhodes, as they have Jordan when he comes back, a returning Rhodes, and Justin Fargas, who last week vs the weak Dolphins run defense rushed for 179 yards on 22 carries. Oakland is rushing for 194.2 yards per game, and now with a fresh Rhodes ready to show his stuff, those numbers should still remain high.