NEW ORLEANS -- It was a rough homecoming for cornerback Tracy Porter, still a popular player in the Big Easy because of his 74-yard interception return for a touchdown against Peyton Manning when the Saints won the Super Bowl following the 2009 season.

Porter was beaten for a 56-yard pass play from Drew Brees to Nick Toon to set up one touchdown, was in coverage on a 16-yard scoring stike to Kenny Stills and gave up a 14-yard reception to Lance Moore for a first down.

He left the game the second half with a groin injury that Raiders coach Dennis Allen said could be ``significant.''

Porter shrugged it off afterward, saying how ``weird'' it was to be in the opposing locker room for the first time.

"That's why you play these preseason games because you know coming in you are going to make mistakes,'' Porter said. "There are going to be plays that we make and the other team makes and it's like an experiment -- that's what preseason is for.

``We know we're a much better ball club than we showed.''

While Porter is potentially out for an indefinite period, rookie D.J. Hayden is expected to be cleared for contact, and Allen hopes he'll play against Chicago in the third preseason game because it has been 12 weeks since surgery to remove scar tissue from his abdomen.

-- Raiders safety Usama Young, who also played for the Saints during their Super Bowl season, said of Brees, "Drew is a a great quarterback and the way he moves around in the pocket and gets his receivers open by pump-faking, it happens to the best defensive backs, it happens to the best linebackers

"He gets them off their coverage and he goes to his receivers. He's got a talent for doing that. I went against him in practice for years. I've been in games with him for years. There's a reason why he's on the list of elite quarterbacks in this league.''

-- It was a homecoming of sorts for Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn, who played in college at LSU and was a 38-24 winner over Ohio State in the BSC championship game on Jan. 7, 2008 at the Superdome.

Flynn was disappointed in the Raiders performance but was glad to have put the team in the end zone on an 11-play, 82-yard drive late in the first half. The Raiders had only one first down up to that point.

"I think we were proud of the way we responded, go out there get some points and get a good little drive going,'' Flynn said. "So many negative things happened in the first half it was good to see us move the ball in a positive way.''

-- Guard Lucas Nix said injuries along the offensive line -- he estimated missing 10 practices himself -- have made it hard in terms of continuity and familiarity.

"The O-line needs to be there as a group. You need to know how your partner plays something and another guy next to you and how he plays stuff,'' Nix said. "The more we can get consistency and be out there as a group.''

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