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Raiders RB Dominic Rhodes Suspended Four Games

Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Wed Jul 04, 2007 2:21 am

It was just on ESPN's ticker a moment ago. I'll search for some more details...
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Re: Raiders RB Dominic Rhodes Suspended Four Games

Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Wed Jul 04, 2007 2:21 am

Here we go...

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders running back Dominic Rhodes was suspended Tuesday for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.




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The league does not disclose reasons for substance abuse suspensions, but Rhodes pleaded guilty in the offseason to reckless driving charges in Indiana after prosecutors agreed to drop drunken driving charges against him.

Rhodes, who spent his six years in Indianapolis, signed a two-year contract in the offseason with the Raiders that could be worth up to $7.5 million. He is expected to split time with last year's starter LaMont Jordan as the Raiders try to improve a running game that averaged 3.9 yards per carry in 2006.

Because of the suspension, Rhodes will forfeit $352,941 of his scheduled $1.5 million base salary for 2007.

Rhodes started all 16 regular-season games last season, rushing for 641 yards and five touchdowns. After backing up Edgerrin James since entering the league, Rhodes shared the job last season with rookie Joseph Addai. He has 2,274 yards rushing in his career.

Rhodes had one of his best performances in the Colts' Super Bowl win over the Chicago Bears, rushing for 113 yards in Indianapolis' 29-17 victory.

Rhodes will be able to participate in training camp and in all preseason games. His suspension will begin Aug. 31, the day after Oakland's final exhibition game, and he will be eligible to return Oct. 1, following the fourth game of the season against Miami. Rhodes will also miss games against Detroit, Denver and Cleveland.

Rhodes was pulled over by an Indiana state trooper in February for driving 81 mph in a 55-mph zone. He was originally charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit.

Rhodes pleaded guilty in March to reckless driving and was sentenced to 180 days in jail. But 178 were suspended and he received credit for two days.

In 2002, Rhodes was charged with domestic battery in connection with a disturbance at his home involving his child's mother, Latrina Moore. He avoided prosecution and was placed in a diversionary program and underwent mental health counseling.

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Re: Raiders RB Dominic Rhodes Suspended Four Games

Postby steelerfan04 » Wed Jul 04, 2007 11:14 am

I'd say this is good news for LaMont Jordan. I expected Rhodes to steal some of Jordan's carries, but it doesn't look like that will be the case, at least for the first 4 games. Jordan now has a full chance to redeem himself after last year's miserable season.
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Re: Raiders RB Dominic Rhodes Suspended Four Games

Postby sublimeandy » Wed Jul 04, 2007 1:00 pm

yeah, it's definitely good for lamont but i don't know that it really changes anything about where i would draft him. maybe he would move up one spot on my rankings? relative to where he's going in drafts, he's definitely low risk, so maybe he'll pay off a little better now.
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Re: Raiders RB Dominic Rhodes Suspended Four Games

Postby aaawall91 » Wed Jul 04, 2007 1:16 pm

If you can get Lamont as your RB 4 he is great value because of his low-risk, possible high reward status.
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Re: Raiders RB Dominic Rhodes Suspended Four Games

Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Wed Jul 04, 2007 8:11 pm

Of course, there's always that Michael Bush guy. B-)
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Re: Raiders RB Dominic Rhodes Suspended Four Games

Postby Daddymike59 » Wed Jul 04, 2007 10:43 pm

Dr. Duran Duran wrote:Of course, there's always that Michael Bush guy. B-)


What of this Mr. Bush good Doctor? DO ya think this will do anything to get him some touches?

Raiders RB Suspended 4 Games
Jul 03, 9:40 PM Raiders RB Dominic Rhodes was suspended Tuesday for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The league does not disclose reasons for substance abuse suspensions, but Rhodes pleaded guilty in the offseason to reckless driving charges in Indiana after prosecutors agreed to drop drunken driving charges against him.

Fantasy Spin: Rhodes' value takes a slight hit with this news while Jordan's takes a slight upturn. With the team unable to rely on Rhodes at the season's start, they may try and focus the ground game more on Jordan.
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