Raiders Blog and Q&A

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September 14, 2007
Daunte is the man

ALAMEDA - It's Daunte Culpepper's time.

Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said after practice he expects Culpepper to start Sunday in Denver.

Josh McCown was at practice this morning, sprinting to team drills and throwing the football without the glove he'd worn on his right hand the last two days.

But he didn't finish practice because he's still bothered by his sprained right foot.

Culpepper was mum on the decision because he said Kiffin hadn't told him he was starting.

*Jeremy Newberry (hamstring) wasn't at practice and probably won't play against the Broncos.

Robert Gallery left practice early with a hamstring injury. He doesn't believe it's serious and plans to play on Sunday. If he couldn't Kiffin said there were different scenarios he'd consider as to how to replace Gallery at left guard.

*Some Raider fans are mad about the NFL's punishment of New England coach Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots for stealing signals by videotaping New York Jets defensive coaches.

Of course, this goes back to the Tuck Rule, which is why Raider fans will be forever bitter toward the Patriots.

Here's the deal, even if the Patriots had stolen the Raiders call in that game, the play still worked.

The Raiders were done in by a dumb rule I haven't seen enforced since that 2001 playoff game.

Do I agree with the NFL's punishment? No. It should have been harsher. Suspend the coach and don't make losing draft picks conditional.

--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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