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September 7, 2007
And don't ask him about JaMarcus

ALAMEDA - Lane Kiffin is clearly tired of talking about JaMarcus Russell.

He knows he has to answer questions about him until he's signed, but it's not his favorite topic.

There's a game on Sunday and the Russell situation is still lingering. It's might be irritating, but things like this happen when you don't sign the first pick in the draft.

There are reports of a meeting today between the Raiders and Russell's agents, but that doesn't mean anything right now.

Kiffin had nothing to say about that, which falls in line with the secretive nature of things around here lately.

No starting quarterback news. No starting center. No first-round draft pick.

No one I've spoken to close to the situation believes a deal is imminent.

Sure, things have moved a long a bit, but it's still at a crawl.

When I hear JaMarcus is on a plane to California, I'll believe there's something to write about.

*I still believe Josh McCown will start on Sunday based on what little part of practice I saw today. Jeremy Newberry will be the center.

Then again, Lane could be messing with my head.

*The Raiders are pretty healthy going into this game. The only player that wasn't injured this week that might not play is cornerback Duane Starks (groin).

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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