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November 29, 2007
Hand and leg issues equal Russell?

ALAMEDA – Josh McCown came into the locker room with a bag taped around his left hand.

Daunte Culpepper has a sore right quadriceps.

Could it be JaMarcus Russell time?

Lane Kiffin said Culpepper was limited in practice after he came into work today with a sore thigh.

Culpepper thinks it happened during the Raiders’ win at Kansas City. He said it was no big deal because he’s often sore after a game, but the pain worsened after Wednesday’s practice.

Kiffin doesn’t expect Culpepper to miss the game.

McCown isn’t listed on the injury report because his injury was fixed on site.

He dislocated two joints in his left (non-throwing) pinky finger yesterday catching a pass from Andrew Walter.

Medical staff put the bones back in place and stitched up McCown’s hand. He showered with the bag on to not get the stitches wet.
Kiffin gave no indication as to whether Russell would be his No. 2 quarterback this weekend, which would mean he could play against Denver.

McCown said Walter’s pass was a simple lob that Walter sarcastically said was the best pass he’d ever thrown.

When it was jokingly mentioned that it was all part of Walter’s plan to injure every quarterback on the roster McCown figured as much.

His joke was Walter would throw his next pass off Culpepper’s leg, have it hit McCown in the finger and bounce into Russell’s eye.

Then you’d have it. Walter would start against the Broncos.

There was no other injury news. Derrick Burgess practiced and spent time in the locker room taking a comedic run at rookie Jay Richardson, who joked Burgess' sacks against the Chiefs were a product of his work.

Burgess said such talk proves Oakland "breeds ignorance."

Also, the game is sold out, so it will be broadcast locally.

--Jason Jones

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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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