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December 5, 2007
McCown is the man - today

ALAMEDA – The Raiders starting quarterback hasn’t been decided yet, but that’s nothing new this season.

Daunte Culpepper (quadriceps) didn’t practice Wednesday. That left Josh McCown to lead the first-team offense.

Who the backup would be if Culpepper sits depends on whether Lane Kiffin wants to let JaMarcus Russell play in Green Bay.

If not, Andrew Walter would be No. 2, but wouldn’t have a set of plays to run to get experience as Russell did.

Kiffin said he would evaluate the position tomorrow. Culpepper said he doesn't want to rush himself back to the field.

He also said he wasn't hurt racing Stanford Routt, contrary to a televised report.

For those that don't know, and Culpepper reminded the media, he runs after every practice.

He said he probably shouldn't have run last Wednesday with his leg bothering him, but he was hurt in the Kansas City game, not racing a cornerback.

Culpepper said the same thing last week, but that didn't stop the television report. And a lot of folks tend to believe what they see on television.

There are no other injuries to report as of now. McCown (left pinky) practiced fine, he said.

Much is being made of the weather this weekend. It’s supposed to be 30 degrees or colder with scattered snowstorms.

Being born and raised in Southern California, I thought living in the Bay Area made for cold weather.

But the weather really isn’t that big of a deal for a couple of reasons.
The Raiders are running team so they won’t have to alter their playbook.

Also the field won’t be nearly as horrible as the field was in Pittsburgh a couple of Monday’s ago. Kiffin said he has a “disaster weather plan” but this weekend’s weather shouldn’t be disastrous.

--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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