Porter says he wasn't even paying attention to game

Updated: September 13, 2006, 12:44 AM ET
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It turns out that Raiders wide receiver Jerry Porter wasn't cheering against his own team. In fact, he wasn't even watching the game.

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The San Francisco Chronicle reported on its Web site that Porter, who was inactive for the 27-0 beating the Raiders absorbed from the San Diego Chargers on Monday night, was seen laughing and pumping his fist on the sidelines when Raiders teammate Aaron Brooks was sacked for the seventh time.

However, Porter said he was pumping his fist for other reasons.

"The San Francisco Chronicle report was not true," Porter told ESPN's Colleen Dominguez. "I wasn't even paying attention to the game. The fist-pumping was in response to some fans that were talking to me when I was sitting on the sidelines."

Raiders coach Art Shell said he was unaware of the reported incident.

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"I havent heard anyone from the organization say anything about it," Shell said Tuesday. "If it did happen I am disappointed. He will have to deal with teammates and other people."

Porter's role on the team has greatly diminished after he clashed with Shell in the offseason over his offseason workout plans. Porter demanded a trade at the start of training camp, but the Raiders have declined to grant his wish.

Porter was slowed by a calf injury early in training camp but was healthy for the final three preseason games and was not listed on the team's injury report leading up to the game. He was on the sideline in street clothes for this game.

Porter led the Raiders with 76 catches last season and had 942 yards receiving and five touchdown receptions in 2005.

He has not been listed as a starter all of training camp, even after the Raiders traded starter Doug Gabriel to New England on Sept. 2.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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